Master in Education (M.Ed.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time / 2 or 3 years part-time
20 per strand Places


Course Overview

The M.Ed. programme is designed for learners who wish to develop and enrich their own knowledge and practice in their specific areas of education and who aspire to leadership positions.

The course fosters a critical understanding of educational research policy and practice and promote the ability to participate effectively in the advancement of knowledge. It comprises twelve strands that allow students to gain a comprehensive and contemporary understanding in one of the specialisms offered.

M.Ed. students register on one of the twelve strands of the programme, giving them the opportunity to further their understanding of educational theory and research, contemporary issues, and practice and policy issues within their specialisms. All students also attend a common research module.

Is This Course For Me?

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.

Career Opportunities

This course covers a wide range of academic disciplines and prepares graduates for a career in teaching. Our graduates have also pursued careers in both the public and private sectors, including school counselling, careers guidance, curriculum development, publishing, and HR.

Course Structure

The Master in Education programme is a modular programme, and prospective applicants may choose one of the following study modes.

Option 1: Full-time. 5 taught modules and 15,000-word dissertation completed in one year.

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

Option 2: Part-time, 2 years. 5 taught modules and 15,000-word dissertation completed over two years.

The taught component is completed in year 1, and the dissertation is completed in year 2.

Option 3: Part-time, 3 years. 5 taught modules and 15,000-word dissertation completed over three years.

3 taught modules are completed in year 1, 2 taught modules are completed in year 2, and the dissertation is completed in year 3.

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Study Master in Education (M.Ed.) at Trinity

An introduction to the Master in Education (M.Ed.) programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

20 per strand Places

Next Intake

September 2024


Course Coordinator

Dr Erika Caterina Piazzoli 

Closing Date

30th June 2024 (except for Drama in Education and Music Education 31st May 2024)

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Admission Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a good honours degree (2.1) and have at least two years’ experience in the field of education (or similar). In order to complete the application, the applicant will require electronic copies of their undergraduate degree transcripts, the email addresses of two academic referees, and an up-to-date CV.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.


To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 896 3568

+353 (0)1 896 3568


Register Your Interest

Register your interest in studying at Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

Register Your Interest

Earning my degree at Trinity greatly informed my world view, elevated my academic thinking, and prepared me to achieve my professional goals. Every aspect of the program was highly engaging and challenging. Attending the Summer School in Drama in Education offered an important and powerful opportunity to work with teachers and artists from across the globe. The expertise of the faculty provided me with a solid theoretical and practical foundation to facilitate meaningful arts-based lessons and shift the way the arts are integrated in classrooms in my own country. I thank Trinity for preparing me to follow my vision, to be a global citizen, and to employ high quality methods both in terms of research and practice. My experiences at Trinity, and specifically, the Drama in Education Summer School, have directly impacted my career. I am a proud graduate of Trinity, and no matter where I travel or what I do, I will always consider it my home away from home.

Linda Krakaur

Adjunct Professor at Millersville University