Maynooth University Department of Education


Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

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

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 15 June 2022

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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.

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.

Students may find it helpful to reflect on a research question and locate a provisional area for research prior to contacting the Programme Director.

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.

Applications will be considered 4 times during the year by the MLitt/PhD Admissions Panel (in November 2021, February, April and June 2022). Before sending your proposal or making a formal application, please note that we will hosting regular proposal writing workshops on the following days in 2021-2022 (all times are Irish time and will be held via Teams): Please complete the form here to select the proposal writing workshop you wish to attend.

November 15th 2021 at 4 pm. Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting.

January 24th 2022 at 4pm. Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting.

March 14th 2022 at 4 pm. Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting.

After attending one of these workshops, you can send in a proposal which will be reviewed by the MLitt/PhD Admissions Panel at one of their meetings. We will then decide on supervision capacity and advise you on submitting a formal application.

Students should locate a topic for research and develop a provisional research question. In terms of the parameters of an M. Litt project, it is expected to make an original contribution to a field of research in education, so this should be borne in mind when reflecting on a topic. This might be addressing a gap in, or synthesis of, existing research. Students will also find it helpful to review staff profiles and identify staff with areas of interest relating to their proposed research question. Staff profiles are available here

Applications will be reviewed by the MLitt/PhD Admissions Panel and interviews will take place 4-6 weeks after receipt of applications. Please note that applicants should ensure that applications are submitted before 15th June 2022 for a start date in September 2022. For applications received in the last quarter (May and June 2022), interviews will take place in June/July 2022.

Please note that funding awards such as the IRC and Maynooth University's John and Pat Hume awards have deadlines in October/November and May respectively.

Online application only
PAC Code
MH04G Full-time 
MH05G 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.
(f) A 3000 word writing sample.

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