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:  It is currently open on PAC for applications under the following applicable programme codes; CKE59 (120 credit route) or CKE67 (60 credit route). The closing date for applications will be 2nd May, 2014. Please note that if all places are not filled there may be an additional closing date in June 2014.


Qualification:  M.Ed.


NFQ Level: Level 9


Costs:  2014/2015 IRISH/EU FEE: €1,125 per 15 credit module.  In 2012 and 2013, The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offered one Taught Master’s Scholarship to cover tuition fees for a student on CKE59 (120 credit route programme). It is hoped that this scholarship will be available again in 2014.  The award of the scholarship is contingent on the student being accepted to the relevant Taught Master’s programme.  For further information please contact Anita Cronin or Claire Dooley (021 4902467 or email a.cronin@ucc.ie or c.dooley@ucc.ie).


Course Code: CKE67 or CKE59


Next Intake:   8th September 2014



The M.Ed 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 2014, selection of students will be based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience and the online supplementary Candidate’s 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 School of Education 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 may take a maximum of 30 credits in any one semester (For example a maximum 60 credits in any one year).  Semesters (September-December and January-March/April).


Course Details 

The MEd offers a variety of taught modules that focus on core areas of education, 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.


ED6012            Perspectives on Literacy Development (Dr Brian Murphy)

ED6021            Second/Foreign Language Teaching:  Innovative Practice for the 21st Century (Ms Jacinta McKeon)

ED6026            Early Childhood Education:  Past, Present, Potential (Dr Mary Horgan & Dr Maura Cunneen)

ED6038            Teaching Children to Think (Dr Fiachra Long)

ED6039            The Education of Pupils with Special Educational Needs – Opportunities and Challenges (Dr Dan O’Sullivan and Mr Denis Burns)

ED6041            ICT in Teaching and Learning (Mr Michael Delargey)

ED6047            Developments in Teaching and Evaluation of Teachers (Dr Paul Conway)

ED6046            Contemporary Issues in Education (Dr Karl Kitching)

ED6035            Dissertation in Education


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.


Detailed Entry Requirements 

To apply for entry to the MEd modular programme you must hold:

  • a primary degree and postgraduate 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.


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 : (CKE 67)


Approved Postgraduate Diplomas:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration
  • 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.


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.



All assessment of MEd modules is by project work (15 credit modules are normally 5,000 word projects), leading to the completion of a 30 credit, 15,000 word dissertation based on your professional research interests. There are no end-of-year written examinations. All MEd modules feature readings, reflections, presentations and other in-class assignments.


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

Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland