M. Ed. (Modular)

Masters Modular

Course Title:  M.Ed. Modular


College:  Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Duration: 1 to 5 years


Teaching Mode:  Part-Time


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).


Closing Date:  The programme is now open for applications on PAC under the following programme codes: CKE59 (120 credit route) or CKE67 (60 credit route). The closing date is 14 May 2018.  (Please note that if all places are not filled, there may be an extended closing date. This will be updated accordingly on the PAC application site and on this site page. 


Qualification:  M.Ed.


NFQ Level: Level 9


Costs:  2017/2018 IRISH/EU FEE: €1,125 per 15 credit module. 


Course Code: CKE67 or CKE59


Next Intake:   September 2018



The M.Ed degree is a modularised programme and can be attained through a credit accumulation process, the focus being 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 following link to University Postgraduate Academic Calendar: Calendar - Book of Modules

Modules to be offered in 2018-19 are currently being developed for publication. Listed below for information are modules that were delivered on the MEd Modular programme over the last three years. Some of these modules will be included for 2018-19 along with new offerings.

  • Perspectives on Literacy Development
  • Models of Childhood in Postmodern Culture
  • Second Language Learning
  • Second/Foreign Language Teaching:  Innovative Practice for the 21st Century
  • The Arts in Education
  • Early Childhood Education: Past, Present, Potential
  • Teaching Children to Think
  • The Inclusion of Pupils with Special Educational Needs: Opportunities, Challenges, Dilemmas
  • Topics in Mathematics Education
  • ICT in Teaching and Learning
  • Learning as Identity: Teaching Implications
  • Developments in Teaching and Evaluation of Teachers
  • Sport Pedagogy in Physical Education and Youth Sport
  • The Education of Pupils with Selected Categories of Special Educational Needs
  • Perspectives on Play and Experiential Learning in Early Childhood
  • Children’s Literature and Pedagogy
  • Developing Numeracy in the Classroom
  • Researching Contemporary Classroom Methodologies
  • Intersections of Identity and Practice in Inclusive and Special Education
  • Child Development, Play and Active Learning in Early Childhood

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.

Course Practicalities

Lectures are timetabled to facilitate working teachers. Each 15 credit module is timetabled for two hours (e.g.5-7 pm or7-9 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 ;  cdooley@education.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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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/


Application Procedure 

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. 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 are available to view here: CKE59AdditionalQuestions (52kB) and CKE67AdditionalQuestions (94kB)


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.


Further Contact Information

Claire Dooley/Anita Cronin

Senior Executive Assistants

School of Education, UCC

E: c.dooley@ucc.ie or a.cronin@ucc.ie

T: +353 (0)21 490 2467




School of Education

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