Institute of Education

Master of Education

The Master of Education
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The DCU Student Application Portal is open from 1st November 2021. For applications to this programme see the 'Make an Application' section below.

The Master of Education is designed for educators who wish to pursue in-depth study in education for both professional and personal development. This programme offers the opportunity to educators to expand their knowledge within a special option.

The MEd is a two year part time programme. In the first year students undertake three core modules and three modules in their chosen special option. In the second year of the programme students undertake a thesis with the support of a supervising tutor.

2021/22 Special Options:

On campus

  • Digital Learning
  • Science Education


  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Mathematics Education

Further Special Options information »

Closing date: 3rd May 2021

The Master of Education programme combines educational theory and applied studies and assists learners in the development of up-to-date knowledge in a chosen area of specialisation and beyond. The programme incorporates current educational thinking and the most effective pedagogical practices within a wide range of contemporary educational issues.

The key focus of the programme is that it offers students an opportunity to develop expertise in a chosen field, to critically reflect on your own practice and thinking, while also engaging with educational research and theory. It provides a grounding in research methodology and contemporary educational issues.

The on-going commitment is to provide our students with the highest academic standards in teaching, learning and research, while supporting and fostering differing learning styles and needs.
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A benefit of the Master of Education at DCU is that students may choose from a range of special options. The programme is designed for those working within the education sector. This diversity of backgrounds of students, which the special options of the course attracts, leads to a dynamic learning environment.

The programme is delivered by a team of academics and practising experts with applied experience in their fields. A number of special options allow students to pursue the Masters of Education online.

The Master of Education programme is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of teachers and educators.

The course is intended for those who wish to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in their chosen special option by reviewing and systematically applying appropriate theories and research to their professional practice.


General Entry Requirements

Candidates are required to have a Level 8, Lower Second Class Honors Degree, minimum H2.2.  Candidates may be interviewed for places. 

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above.  In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.


Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
€3,900 per annum/Transfer fee €2,898
Non EU Fee Part time
€8,000 per annum

Next Steps

Make an Application

How to Apply

  • All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here.  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please select the specialism: 

  • Special Option 1 - Teaching and Learning (on-line)
  • Special Option 2 - Mathematics Education (on-line)
  • Special Option 3 - Digital Learning
  • Special Option 5 - Science Education

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Detailed CV
  • Personal statement of 250 words maximum outlining your reasons for applying

Non Native English Speakers - Additional

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

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

EU Applicants

  • Closing date for EU applicants is 3rd May 2022.

Non-EU applicants

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 3rd May 2022.  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.

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2022.