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Education - School Leadership - Master of Education

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Ciarán Ó Gallchóir

Brief Description

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The Masters of Education (School Leadership) is specifically designed for those who have completed a level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership. The programme facilitates those who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership to capitalize on their current expertise and to develop an advanced and integrated understanding of school leadership at Master’s level. The Master’s in School Leadership will comprise a one-year programme. Delivery will be predominantly online to facilitate distance learning.

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This one-year blended Master of Education in School Leadership (MESL) programme is specifically designed for those who have completed a recognised level-9 Postgraduate Diploma in the field of educational leadership, management and administration. Through a social scientific inquiry model, students capitalise on their professional and academic experiences to further develop a nuanced understanding of educational leadership, organisational developments, policy enactment and the contextual subtleties within the Irish system that factor into the work of educational leaders. As a result, a primary goal of this programme is to provide aspiring and established leaders with a research informed perspective of the relational nature of leading a learning organisation.


On completion of the programme students will have provided evidence of successful engagement with the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Engaged critically and analytically with an area of research relevant to a school leadership.
  • Designed and conducted a social scientific inquiry into an aspect of school leadership.
  • Appraised the practical and academic debates which pertain to school leadership.
  • Developed an advanced and integrated practical and theoretical understanding of school leadership
  • Developed cognitive and technical research skills and be in a position to research and apply established theories to research in school leadership.
  • Developed an ability to analyse critically, to reflect upon and to synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of the complexity of school leadership.
  • Utilised research databases and accessed policy documentation to have comprehensive understanding of policy in school leadership at both national and international levels.
  • Demonstrated intellectual autonomy in the development and dissemination of research.

Course Structure

The 1-year programme is designed for teachers with full-time posts. The programme is designed using face to face seminars and distance learning technology. Supervision will be conducted via virtual meetings. The programme starts in Spring with a series of face to face sessions designed to introduce you to research methods and procedures to kick start your thesis and accelerate you into data collection and analysis stage by the summer.

Semester 1 Spring  Summer Semester  Semester 3 Autumn 
Advanced Research Methods 1:

 Research Design

M. Ed Thesis M. Ed Thesis (contd.) 

Applicants must have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership or equivalent with a minimum second class honours grade two.


  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable).
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language).
  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate (long document).

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University.

 English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

EU - €3,570, NON-EU € 3,570

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