MA Education

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Education degree course provides graduates who have academic, professional or personal interests in education with an opportunity to pursue these through study and research at postgraduate level.


  • The programme offers a number of elective modules in Educational Sciences and Professional Development.
  • Students are exposed to a range of research skills and techniques which enable them to engage with, and produce, high quality educational research (*Please note this is not a professional training programme, applicants who intend to train as secondary school teachers should apply for the Professional Masters in Education)

Careers & Employability

Graduates who have graduated with an MA in Education work in a diverse range of careers in education in roles such as: teachers, policy advisors, education professionals, education leaders, education outreach officers, and education and training officers.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applicants are expected to hold a with an upper second class honours (2.1), or international equivalent in their primary degree and who demonstrate evidence of interest in educational issues.

This programme is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of educational issues, practices and research in order to pursue or develop a career in education or related disciplines. Criticality, academic capability and reflective professionalism are at the heart of the programme. The learning environment facilitated and structured by the programme is designed to develop constructive engagement with ideas and issue from the  world of education, and to offer engagement with distinctive strands in educational sciences, professional development theory, and social research methods. Workshops, symposia, seminars and lectures characterise the programme approach to student engagement and include multi- and trans-disciplinary perspectives which we feel are of value to the contemporary professional.  Individual, small-group and full-class activities provide this. Assessment practices reflect this also and are designed in order to offer appropriate modalities to demonstrate learning across key issues, policies and debates within the field of education and education research. It will also help students to develop skills that will enable them to engage with, and produce, educational research. plinary perspectives which we feel are of value to the contemporary professional.  


  • Design and implement evidence-based research relevant to educational settings and requirements.
  • Choose between a range of media in order to select appropriate means and modes to communicate critical study, small-scale research and systemic issue and material review.
  • Lead debate and discussion confidently in relation to education systems, arrangements, and practices.
  • Understand the affordances of learning technologies in relation to enhancing learning and research contexts and equally be aware of its drawbacks.
  • Contribute capably to team-based learning.
  • On successful completion of the programme, the student will - Engage meaningfully with concepts, principles, and values from a range of academic genre and disciplines.

View All Modules Here

Core Modules:

  • Research Methods 
  • Development Education
  • Internship

Option Modules (4 out of 8 modules):

  • Ed.Sc:Psych in Schools(MEd/MA)
  • Critical Policy Analysis
  • Children's Rights & Participate
  • School Effectiveness
  • Inclusive Education
  • Equalities Children's Learning
  • History of Childhood & Learning
  • Wellbeing

MA Education (W027) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is intended for applicants with an upper second class honours, or international equivalent in their primary degree and who demonstrate evidence of interest in educational issues.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Aoife Keogh, Graduate

Given my academic and professional background as a primary school teacher, I approached the MA Education programme with much of my experience founded within pedagogy and educational praxis. This programme provided me with the opportunity to both further engage with these areas, in addition to developing a deep understanding of educational theory and policy. This programme has broadened both my understanding of education, as well as my career opportunities. My experience on this programme has been
unparalleled with regards to academic rigour, support, and expertise on the part of all staff members I have had the opportunity to work with. My autonomy as a student and a researcher, has been fostered through the programme’s taught modules and research component. The MA Education programme caters to the individual interests of its diverse cohort, providing flexibility and scope to focus on specific areas of interest. Each student is fully supported in acquiring the required knowledge and skills to conduct high-quality research as a critical and reflective practitioner. This programme has undoubtedly equipped me with the academic competencies required to progress to further study at doctoral level within the UCD School of Education.

Graduate Profile
Lincoln Mungaila,Zambia,

Seeking a masters that focused both on Teaching Technologies and Technology- Enhanced Learning, I had to explore several European universities before choosing University College Dublin for the Professional Masters in Education. The University is among Ireland’s highest ranking and largest universities with a diverse student population. The University’s approach to teaching and learning matched my interests. The amount of research and experience demonstrated by the faculty was motivating. The campus is conveniently located within Dublin which made my life even easier. I hope to help improve the initial teacher training programmes in Zambia using the knowledge and skills I have acquired from UCD.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Education FT (W027)
1 Years
Full Time