Master in Education
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 eleven strands that allow students to gain a comprehensive and contemporary understanding in one of the specialisms offered.
Who is the course for?
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.
*PLEASE NOTE Positive Behaviour Management will not be running for 2022-23.
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.
- Critical Perspectives on Education
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Drama in Education
- Early Intervention
- Language Education
- Leadership and Policy in Education
- Mathematics Education
- Music in Education
- Positive Behaviour Management
- Psychology of Education
- Science Education
- Teaching and Learning (Higher Education)
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.
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.
The closing date for applications for the academic year 2023-24 is 30th June 2023 with the exception of Drama in Education (May 29th 2023 ). Applications for all strands for 2023-24 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.
Please note - applications for strands on this course may close in advance of the listed deadline if we recruit the required number of applicants. Thus, we advise applicants to apply expeditiously.
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.
Will the M.Ed. qualify me to be a teacher?
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.
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for strands is June 30th 2023, with the exception for Drama in Education and Music in Education strands (May 31st 2023).
English language requirements
Trinity College accepts the following English Language tests;
IELTS (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall
TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
- IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall
- TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
- University of Cambridge:
Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
- Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120/160, dated since January 2020.
- An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Master's Pathway Programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam.
When will I be informed of the decision on my applications?
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.
Who should I choose as my referees?
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?
For general M.Ed. queries, please contact the M.Ed. administrators at email@example.com, or by telephone: Ms. Keara Eades +353-1-896-3568
For queries that relate specifically to individual strand content, please contact the strand leader (contact details available within each strand description).
The M.Ed. programme fees for the academic year 2023/2024 are as follows:
EU Student Rates
Non-EU Student Rates
Option 1 (Full-time)
Option 3 (Part-time)
Option 1 (Full-time)
Option 2 (Part-time)
Option 3 (Part-time)