MA Education (Mentoring, Leading & Global Learning)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA (Ed) in Mentoring, Leading and Global Learning makes an important new contribution to the professional development of educators. With a focus on the skills of mentoring and coaching, the degree offers students the chance to widen their professional competencies.  Framed within global debates about learning, the module content gives students the opportunity to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with responding to the Sustainable Development Goals concerning education. It is a part-time online degree, taken over three years.

In Year One, students take three 10-credit modules. Typically, the modules in Year One introduce students to academic writing and scholarship, the theory and practice of mentoring, and the study of the Sustainable Development Goals and education. In Year Two, students take three 10-credit modules. These modules typically address areas including coaching for leadership and learning, the study of childhood and learning, research training, and methodologies for undertaking school-based/field-based research. In Year Three, students undertake a 30-credit field-based study, written in the format of a dissertation. Other modules may be offered from time to time, that complement the design of the programme. 

Careers & Employability

This Master’s degree will benefit teachers, school leaders/principals/headteachers, and anyone involved in education today. It will widen their understanding of global issues in education, and approaches towards providing equal education opportunities. It will introduce learners to the theory and practice of mentoring for leadership, and develop skills for coaching in education settings.  

Curricular information is subject to change

Degree: Masters Award. Level: Level 9 on NFQ. Credit value: 90 credits.

The course is a part-time Master’s degree, offered over three years.  All of the modules are offered remotely (online). The module content is delivered asynchronously.  Students are also supported with some online synchronous sessions and individual online meetings. In this way, students form a community of learners, while also retaining autonomy around how they manage their time to complete their modules and submit assignments.  The programme therefore suits learners who are in full-time employment, or who have regular commitments. Students can manage their learning to maximise the use of their time. Students complete 90 credits, over three years. The course comprises a mix of taught modules (totaling 60 credits) and a field-based study (30 credits). The course prepares students to undertake the kind of field-based study that it highly relevant to their own professional context. Research training is offered, to prepare students for their field-based study, and students have full access to UCD’s library resources (including a large range of online sources, electronic journals, and e-books).

Successful completion of the programme results in the award of the degree of MA (Ed), Mentoring, Leading and Global Learning.

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Students typically take modules that address areas including:

Mentoring, Leading & Learning; Development Education and the Sustainable Development Goals; Research Training; Coaching in Education Contexts; Field-based Research; Childhood and Learning.  Modules may change, from time to time, depending on availability.

MA Education (Mentoring, Leading & Global Learning) (W546) Part Time
nonEU    fee per year - € 7530

***Fees are subject to change

EU fees 2022/2023:  €1681 per annum, for 30 credits (Part time)

Non-EU fees 2022/2023 : €3317 per annum, for 30 credits (Part time)

Scholarships: for information about UCD Scholarships, see here. 


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 

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