UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    CKE67 or CKE59

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 to 5 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    MEd (Modular)

  • EU Fees 2019

    Fee per 15 credit module - as a guideline €1,125 See Fees and Costs for full details.
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    A primary degree and the Professional Master of Education (formerly the Postgraduate/Higher Diploma in Education) with a second class honours in one. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    6th May 2019 - Closed

  • Start Date

    2nd September 2019

Course Outline

The M.Ed masters degree is a modularised programme and can be attained through a credit accumulation process, the focus is on the continuing professional development of teachers at all levels of education.  Students can design their own special programme from the available modules to suit their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests. However, students should note that a minimum and maximum quota of students will be applied to each module. In 2017, selection of students was based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience and the online supplementary Candidates Statement submitted to PAC.

  • CKE59 - MEd Modular (120 credit route): Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements should apply for the 120 credit route.
  • CKE67 - MEd Modular (60 credit route): Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements and who have an approved postgraduate diploma in the general education area or equivalent (with an honours grade) should apply for the 60 credit route. Equivalencies are subject to the School and College approval. 

A total of 120 credits, or 60 credits in the case of a holder of one of the approved diplomas, must be completed. Students are limited to studying a maximum of 30 credits in any one semester (for example a maximum 60 credits in any one year). Teaching periods are September-December and January-March/April).

The M.Ed degree offers a variety of taught modules that focus on core areas of the course, e.g. early childhood education, literacy, second language teaching, mathematics, information and communications technology, physical and health education.

The course also explores contemporary issues for education – teaching, learning and assessment, childhood, equality and diversity, socio-cultural perspectives, and special educational needs – reflecting the diverse needs and interests of those who take this course.

Modules are informed and driven by research, and are assessed by project work that links your professional settings to contemporary educational research. This leads to a dissertation based on your professional educational research interests. 

Further details on the content and modules are available in the University Postgraduate Academic Calendar to be published in due course. Calendar - Book of Modules 

  • ED6042 Learning as Identity: Teaching Implications
  • ED6050 Sport Pedagogy in PE & Youth Sport
  • ED6056 Developing Numeracy in the Classroom
  • ED6059 Intersections of Identity and Practice in Inclusive Education
  • ED6060 Child Development, Play & Active Learning in Early Childhood
  • ED6066 STEM Education: Problem Solving and Instructional Design
  • ED6067 Collaborative Practice in Educational Leadership
  • ED6068  Student Voice and the Irish School Experience

All students are required to complete the ED6035 dissertation module (30 credits).  Students are advised that the dissertation module is normally taken only on completion of the required number of other taught modules.

Dissertation students are required to attend and participate in a series of compulsory research seminars and independently prepare a research proposal on their chosen research area. Students must then write a dissertation of 15,000 words under the supervision of an allocated Staff member.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The programme can be studied in a flexible timescale within a 5 year period.

(This is a part-time Modular Programme and is open to Irish/EU Students only).

The programme is open from 1st November for applications on PAC under the following programme codes:  CKE59 (120 credit route) or CKE67 (60 credit route). The closing date being Monday 6th May 2019. The programme has a specific set closing date. 



Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Lectures are timetabled to facilitate working teachers. Each 15 credit module is timetabled for two hours (e.g.5-7 pm or 7-9 pm) on one night per week. Lectures are currently timetabled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the two 12-week semesters (September-December and January-March/April). You can register for a maximum of 30 credits in any one teaching period.  Should you have any specific query regarding lectures of the various modules the staff of the School of Education namely Claire Dooley/ Anita Cronin will be able to advise you thereon and can be contacted at the following :  E: a.cronin@ucc.ie ; c.dooley@ucc.ie  Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2467

All assessment of M.Ed degree modules is by project work (normally 5,000 words), leading to the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation based on your professional research interests. There are no end-of-year written examinations. All M.Ed degree modules feature readings, reflections, presentations and other in-class assignments.

School of Education Staff teach this course. 

Why Choose This Course

The M.Ed degree course is grounded in current educational issues.

The range and choice of modules available make the course relevant to all members of the teaching community.

The course is organised and timetabled to suit the schedule of working teachers.

Its' modular and flexible structure allows credits to be accumulated over a two to five year period depending on individual students’ choices and circumstances.

Connecting educational research is linked to professional practice experiences throughout the course.

Skills and Careers Information

The MEd offers:

Continuing professional development for educators at all levels.  A broad knowledge of educational studies and an introduction to key research in this area. Critical reflection on educational theory and classroom practice.

Skills needed to conduct a research study and write a dissertation.

M.Ed degree graduates have gone on to other posts in the education sector, e.g. school Principals, the inspectorate, college lectureships, research positions and the professional development service for teachers.


To apply for entry  to the M.Ed degree modular programme you must hold:

  • a primary degree and the Professional Master of Education (formerly the Postgraduate/Higher Diploma in Education) with a second class honours in one (or its' equivalent)
  • or have a second class honours BEd degree, (or its' equivalent)
  • or have a second class honours BSc (Education in Physical Sciences), (or its' equivalent)
  • or have a second class honours Grade 1 (2H1) BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years & Childhood Studies (or its' equivalent)

Professional teaching experience, equivalent to five full years (excluding initial teacher education), will be considered as an honours equivalent.

Furthermore applicants must also possess a minimum of one year’s post teacher education professional teaching experience, or certified equivalent (e.g. research in schools, voluntary work with schools, working with school teams).

In addition to the above requirements, applicants who have achieved at least a second class honours grade in one of the following postgraduate diplomas (or equivalent – equivalencies are subject to School and College approval) will be eligible to apply for the 60 credit route: (CKE67)

Approved Postgraduate Diplomas: 

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership
  • Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Religious Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Science in the Primary School
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education Needs/Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support/Compensatory and Remedial Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (CSPE)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Italian/Spanish for Post-Primary Teachers
  • Postgraduate Diploma in English and the Teaching of English
  • An tArd Teastas i dTeagasc agus i Litriocht na Gaeilge

English Language Requirement

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent.  Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is Fee per 15 credit module - as a guideline €1,125 See Fees and Costs for full details..

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .


The fee for this course is based upon a fee per 15 credit module - as a guideline €1,125 2018/19.

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Programme codes are CKE59 (120 credit route) or CKE67 (60 credit route) for 2019/2020. The programme is open for applications from 1st November 2018.  For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.  

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions is available to view here: CKE59 Additional Questions and CKE67 Additional Questions

Non-UCC applicants must also submit photocopy evidence of any qualification(s) (academic results and certificates/parchments) that were not completed in University College Cork and evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable) either by uploading via the PAC "Application Status" or by post to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with your online Postgraduate Application Number)

Selection will be based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience, and the online additional/supplementary questions completed during the online application process.

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Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.


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