Institute of Education

MSc in Education and Training Management (Leadership)

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Course Code:
DC900
Course Type:
Postgraduate
NFQ Level:
9 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Mode:
Part-time
Duration:
2 yr
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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:

Through the course of the programme participants explore the theories of organisational management and leadership, organisational decision making and the psychology of organisational behaviour, change management and culture in organisations. 

You learn the key dimensions of the recruitment, selection and retention of human resources. 

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

Closing date for applications 15th May 2022.

The Masters programme was one of the most inclusive, informative, and supportive learning opportunities I have ever undertaken. I had been an Electronic Engineer for 15 years and really wanted a new challenge. I wanted a new career where I could see the positive effect of my efforts on the world around me. I guess the true test of any learning programme is whether or not it can deliver the career opportunities that the programme of learning promises. For me, the Masters has delivered, as I successfully changed career to Learning and Development programmes manager

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.

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice.

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year.

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules.

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Garrett Ryan, Training Program Manager, IBM Dublin Technology Campus

The Masters programme was one of the most inclusive, informative, and supportive learning opportunities I have ever undertaken. I had been an Electronic Engineer for 15 years and really wanted a new challenge. I wanted a new career where I could see the positive effect of my efforts on the world around me. I guess the true test of any learning programme is whether or not it can deliver the career opportunities that the programme of learning promises. For me, the Masters has delivered, as I successfully changed career to Learning and Development programmes manager

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

Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
Year 1: €4,050 Year 2: €5,630
Non EU Fee Part time
Year 1: €6,900 Year 2: €9,600

Next Steps

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • 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.  
  • 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

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

Closing date for applications 15th May 2022.

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

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 2022.