Courses at DCU
Institute of Education

MSc in Education and Training Management (Leadership)

Course Code:
DC900
Course Type:
Postgraduate
NFQ Level:
9
Delivery Mode:
Part-time
Duration:
2
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The University has launched a new student application portal. For applications to this programme see the Make an Application section below.

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 of April 2021.

For information about programme fees, please refer to the DCU Fees Booklet 2020-21

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.

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).

View the current course structure

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.

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

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.

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.

Requirements

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 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. Interview slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

 

Fees

Next Steps

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through https://dcuie.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Apply/.  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
  • Provide certified academic transcripts for all years of study at college or university in original language*, with certified English translations if applicable.
  • Provide a copy of passport.
  • Provide certified copy of parchment / degree certificate, with certified English translation if applicable.
  • Provide a personal statement of 500 words, outlining your reasons for applying.

* Where an applicant is in their final year of their undergraduate degree, please submit certified transcripts for all years completed to date.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition to the above, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

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.

Application Deadline

Closing date for applications 30th April 2021.

Queries on Completed Applications 

Queries from EU applicants should be directed to postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie.

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to international.office@dcu.ie.

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2021