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MSc in Education and Training Management (Leadership)

M.Sc. in Education & Training Management (Leadership)

  • PAC CodeDC900
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 2 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€4,050
  • Non EU Fees€6,900
About fees & requirements

Participants come from all levels of the education system (primary, post-primary, adult and community, and third level) as well as from industry, the health sector, state agencies, and community organizations.

Using a combination of blended and face-to-face sessions structured to support achievement for students undertaking Masters level study while balancing work and family commitments, this programme offers the opportunity to:

Explore the assumptions and implications of the major theories of organizational management and leadership.

Gain understanding of organizational policy-making and its implementation through an exploration of decision making theories and the psychology of organizational behaviour at an individual and group level, and change management.

Learn the key dimensions of the recruitment, selection and retention of human resources in the globalized operating context.

Gain knowledge and skills in organizational research, culminating in the opportunity to complete a research project of relevance in the participant's own workplace setting.

Closing date for applications is 30th April 2020. Interviews will take place in May 2020.

Student Voice

I commenced the two year MSc in Education and Training Management course (Leadership Strand) in October 2006 and I can honestly say it provided me with a systematic grounding in the leadership skills I now use in my job as Principal. I started the course with high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. It energised me because the course content was rooted in the real world of leadership. The whole course was engaging and we had plenty of opportunities in class-time and key assignments to apply the theories to our own work situations.

Patricia Atkins, Principal of Post Primary School in Lusk, Co Dublin


The Masters in Education and Training Management (Leadership) programme is a two-year part-time programme.  The start date for the programme is late September. The Graduate Diploma element of the programme consists of 6 modules and runs over 3 semesters. All face-to-face sessions are conducted on selected Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm (some classes may run beyond 9pm) and on selected Saturday mornings between 9 am and 1pm.  The dissertation element of the MSc. programme is a piece of independent research. The dissertation is researched and written in the second year of the programme (January - end of June) and consists of an applied research of 15,000-20,000 words.

To enable students to:

Develop the knowledge and skills to provide effective leadership in the workplace and society.

Acquire key principles, best practices, characteristics and the organisational strategy required by managers and leaders in today's fast-changing and complex operating environment.

Develop self-management skills to enable them to become more effective managers, educators and learning facilitators.

The modules take place every second Saturday from 9am-1pm in Semester 1 (end of September - mid-December) and on selected Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm-9pm. The same schedule takes place for Semester 2 (February-end of April).

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A key benefit of the MSc in Education and Training (Leadership stream) at DCU is the range of backgrounds of programme participants. The programme is designed for practising and aspiring leaders and managers in settings where learning is core. This diversity of backgrounds contributes a breadth of experience and a dynamic learning environment where a range of workplace cultures, and their implications, can be explored.

The programme is delivered by a team of academics and practising experts with applied experience in leadership and management. At the same time, DCU's strategic commitment as a University of Enterprise builds on our reputation for innovation and fosters an highly applied approach to programme delivery. Full use is made of the virtual learning environment to ensure participants can self-pace their study yet remain fully involved in a community of practice.


The MSc in Education and Training Management (Leadership) at DCU is a management qualification. It builds on a long heritage equipping educators moving into, or holding, leadership roles with the knowledge and skills to succeed in those roles. It is the ideal qualification for those who wish to progress in their current employment environment connected to the broad education and training sector including schools, industry training, health and many areas of public sector management.

For others, the MSc as a management qualification has allowed participants to make a career change. Participants have moved into industry training roles, and the academy. The dissertation in particular allows this opportunity to build a new career pathway.


General Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) with three years substantial experience working in a recognised education/training environment. In certain circumstances, applicants not possessing the above qualifications may be considered if they are able to present, at interview, evidence of professional experience and responsibility in a relevant area of work, and high-level interest in the research literature relevant to one of the themes highlighted in the programme. Such applicants will be required to submit a written assignment (3,000 words) or portfolio prior to interview.

Candidates should note that an interview is part of the selection process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be able to book their interview through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website ( Interview slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

Queries on Completed Applications 

Queries on completed applications can be made by email to

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Personal statement of 500 words maximum, outling reasons for applying

Non Native English Speakers - Additional

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

Dates for Submission of Applications 

EU Applicants 

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( for DC900 Leadership before 30th April 2020.

Non EU Applicants 

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( for DC900 before 30th April 2020. Applicants who require a study visa for the purpose of gaining entry are advised to apply as early as possible. If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Fees & Payments

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M.Sc. in Education & Training Management (Leadership) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Part Time €0 €4,050 €6,900