Entry requirements

This modular-based course will enhance the academic study of education in a supportive environment, through a reflective exploration of the practice, policy and theory of education. Applicants will hold the equivalent of an honours degree and/or honours postgraduate diploma. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Months of entry


Course content

This level 9 (90 credits) taught Masters course is offered on a modular basis. This means students can choose how many modules they take each semester and design their own programme to suit their lifestyle. Each module counts for 10 credits. With this flexibility, students may complete their Master’s degree full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of a number of years. It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies after completing 60 credits.

The Master of Education course is designed for primary and post-primary teachers, aspiring and existing leaders, early childhood educators, and other students and professionals interested in the field of educational studies. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of professional practice and the field of education as an academic discipline.

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 Education