Taught course

Adult and Community Education

Maynooth University · Department of Adult and Community Education

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a primary degree with a minimum grade of 2:1 in one of the social sciences (adult education, community work, social care, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, anthropology, education etc.) or have a minimum grade of 2:1 in the Postgraduate Diploma in Adult, Community and Further Education/the Higher Diploma in Further Education. Please note: The University may waive these conditions in certain cases. Selection will be based on application, interview and references. The interview will include a discussion of the candidate’s proposed research topic.

Department of Adult EducationNUI MaynoothMaynooth Co Kildare

Months of entry


Course content

The MEd in Adult and Community Education is particularly suited to those who are seeking ways of understanding the connections between theoretical frameworks and the assumptions that underpin their work practices. This programme will provide the opportunity for participants to:

  • critically reflect on their experience in the field;
  • develop the public debate on social justice and critical citizenship;
  • have a thorough grounding and an understanding of the background to and influences on research in adult and community education.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62. National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Adult and Community Education