Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH04G (FT), MH05G (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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The MLitt in Education is a research degree that supports students in engaging in an innovative research project centred on their own research interests. Students work closely with ¿their supervisors to undertake this research. This research work is supported by a customised series of 10 credits of taught modules with students’ supervisors.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time, though are preferably received by July for a September start.

To be eligible students should generally have reached a high honours standard in their primary agree, or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of Department and Faculty of his/her suitability. They must also submit a research proposal that is accepted by the Department.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

The Department of Education at Maynooth University is an exciting place in which to do postgraduate research. We have an excellent international profile and we are part of a wider research community that engages in research right across the educational continuum. Our staff and students also engage in inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional research. We have a large postgraduate research community, and the diversity of approaches and interests and our pluralistic and collaborative ethos makes it a welcoming and dynamic space for students. The atmosphere is one of intellectual vibrancy and creativity, grounded in excellent research. You can learn more about staff's interests here.

To support students' development of their research project, and to ensure that students are part of a wider community of knowledge exchange, research, scholarship and dialogue, Maynooth University research degrees are Structured programmes. Students undertake 10 credits of modules. 5 of these will be generic/transferable modules, and 5 in subject/specialist modules.  Modules are selected in close consultation with the student’s supervisor. Students will write a thesis of approximately 90,000-100,000 words. 

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

Postgraduate students in education come from a range of backgrounds and have a wide range of interests. Some students wish to develop their professional practice and take on leadership roles, others wish to take on other professional responsibilities or engage in policy formation in the national or international context.

Before making a formal application, students are advised to make contact directly with the Course Coordinator, Professor Sharon Todd, to discuss the suitability of their interests and qualifications. Students should try to develop a provisional research question and to locate a provisional topic for research prior to making contact. Students will find it helpful to review staff profiles and identify staff with areas of interest relating to their proposed research question.
Students will be asked to submit a piece of prior work of approximately 2-3000 words, a comprehensive research proposal, and a cv. Subject to meeting university requirements and to providing a research proposal that is at an appropriate level and aligned with staff expertise, students will be called to interview

Online application only

PAC Code
MH04G MLitt by Research Full-time
MH05G MLitt by Research Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

(a) Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for non-Maynooth University primary degree and post-graduate qualifications.
(b) Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
(c) A research proposal giving an outline of the rationale for your research, its proposed contribution to education and a provisional research plan
(d) The names and contact details of a minimum of 2 academic referees who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work and can comment on their ability to work  independently.
(e) A full Curriculum Vitae

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