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Master in Education

The programme comprises eleven strands that allow students to gain a comprehensive and contemporary understanding in one of the specialisms offered. The course will foster a critical understanding of educational research, policy and practice and promote the ability to participate effectively in the advancement of knowledge.
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Next Intake: September 2018

Programme at a glance

The course is open to teachers at all levels of the education system, to appropriately qualified professionals working in the areas of education, training, administration and management, and to graduates in areas related to the strand specialisms. We welcome applications from both Irish and international graduates who wish to relate their particular fields of competence to the theory and practice of education.

Course Structure

The M.Ed. programme comprises the strands listed below, each focusing on a distinct specialism within education. Please note, not all specialisms may run in a given academic year. Timetables are individual to each strand and applicants can get an indication of the strand timetables, see timetable link at the bottom of the page.

Routes to M.Ed.

In addition to the eleven strands available on the M.Ed., many of the strands may offer students the opportunity to study on a 1-Year Full-Time, 2-Year Part-Time and a 3-Year Part-Time basis.

  • Option 1: 1-Year Full-time (see note 1)

    4 strand modules, 1 common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods and a 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year.

  • Option 2: 2-Year Part-time (see note 2)

    4 strand modules, 1 common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years. The taught component is completed in year 1, and the dissertation is completed in year 2.

  • Option 3: 3-Year Part-time (see note 3)

    4 strand modules, 1 common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years. 2 strand modules and the common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods are completed in year 1, 2 further strand modules are completed in year 2, and the dissertation is completed in year 3.

Notes

Students intending to apply for the full time route (option 1) must submit a description of their area of research interest when applying.

2-year part-time students wishing to progress to the dissertation year must submit their completed coursework for the taught component of the programme (5 modules) by May 10th of the year following entry to the programme.

3-year part-time students wishing to progress to the dissertation year must submit their completed coursework for the taught component of the programme (5 modules) by May 10th in their second year of the programme.

Application Deadlines

The closing date for applications for the academic year 2018-19 is 30 June 2018 with the exception of Leadership and Management, Drama and Music which have application deadlines at the end of May. Applications for all strands for 2018/19 should be made through the web portal system.

Please note that not all strands may run in a given academic year and all are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a good honour's degree (normally a 2.1 or equivalent). In order to complete the application, electronic copies of undergraduate degree transcripts, the email addresses of two academic referees and an up-to-date CV are required. Professional experience in the field of education is desirable for all strands and is a requirement for some strands. Applicants who have completed their primary degree through a medium other than English should provide confirmation of their linguistic proficiency in English (e.g. certification at grade 6.5 IELTS, or equivalent). Applicants to the 1-year Full-Time M.Ed. route must also submit an outline of their area of research interest (1-2 pages) as part of the application process.

Academic Credit

The total credit rating for the programme is 90 ECTS. These credits are distributed across the taught modules (60 ECTS) and the dissertation module (30 ECTS). The taught component carries 60 ECTS. Each strand contains four taught strand-themed modules and one common M.Ed. taught module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods. The remaining 30 ECTS are allocated to the dissertation module.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The integration of theory and practice is stressed in the content of the modules and in the assessments, as appropriate to each strand. Active teaching and learning strategies are used in the presentation of taught modules. Each of the five taught modules is formally assessed, and a variety of methods including projects, case studies, portfolios, reports and essays are used. Typically, the teaching activities are organised outside of normal school hours, such as during the evenings and at weekends, and classes are normally held in Trinity College or convened online. Timetables are individual to each strand and an indicative timetable can be found at the bottom of the page.

Assessment

Each student will typically complete written (or equivalent) assignments of between 4,000-5,000 words per 15-credit strand module. Assignments are graded as Distinction, Pass, or Fail. The type of assessment may vary according to the nature of the module and the strand. The Dissertation module entails two components: a 2,000 word Dissertation Proposal assessed on a Pass/Fail basis (for part-time students only) and a 20,000 word Dissertation graded on the basis of Distinction, Pass, or Fail. A student who achieves a Distinction in the Dissertation and a Distinction in at least two 15-credit modules (or equivalent) may be awarded the M.Ed. with Distinction.

Exit route: Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies

Those students who, for any reason, do not wish to continue to the Dissertation on the M.Ed. programme may, after satisfactorily passing the 5 taught modules, apply to exit with a Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

FAQs

Q: Will the M.Ed. qualify me to be a teacher?

A: No. The M.Ed. is an academic programme and not a professional programme. While the M.Ed. allows students to explore issues in education and aims to enhance participants' knowledge and practice in educational spheres, it is not designed so as to qualify graduates to teach.

Q: What is the deadline for applications?

A: The deadline for strands is June 30th 2018, except for Drama in Education, Music in Education and Leadership and Management, all of which have deadlines at the end of May.

Q: What do I need to include in my application?

A: An application form, two academic references and an up-to-date CV are required for all applications. Students applying to the Full-time route are also required to submit a description of their area of research interest. Students who studied for their primary degree through a medium other than English are asked to provide certification of their linguistic competence in English (e.g. grade 6.5 IELTS).

Q: When will I be informed of the decision on my applications?

A: Applications are assessed and offers are made on a rolling basis. For non-EU students, we aim to communicate a decision on applications within three weeks of receiving the completed application.

Q: Who should I choose as my referees?

A: Two academic references are generally required. These are normally provided by lecturers who have taught the applicant. In some circumstances, professional references may be accepted e.g. from schools principals.

Who should I contact for more information?

A: For general M.Ed. queries, please contact the M.Ed. administrators at master.education@tcd.ie, or by telephone: Ms. Keara Eades +353-1-896-3568; Ms Catherine Minet +353-1-896-1290.

For queries that relate specifically to individual strand content, please contact the strand leader (contact details available within each strand description).