Maynooth University Department of Education


Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

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

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 17 June 2020

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The MLitt in Education is a research degree, aiming to support students in engaging in an educational project of the highest academic standard, aligned with their own research interests. Students work with a lead supervisor and the support of the departmental advisory team, to undertake research activity and write a masters thesis. This research work is supported by a customised series of taught modules (agreed annually with the department and the supervisor) which is completed with a cohort of fellow research students.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

September annually (or other agreed time)

To be eligible a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the Examination for the Primary Degree (normally an overall 2.1 honours award at bachelors or masters level), or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of Department and Faculty of his/her suitability.

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

Students will normally enter the programme following completion of a Master’s level degree in Education or a related discipline, and with substantial (normally at least 5 years) of professional experience. Recognising the experience and prior educational experiences of students, an individual programme of study will be developed for each student in conjunction with his/her supervisor and approved by the student’s advisory team and/or the head of department. This individual work programme will seek to provide a balance of inputs including (i) insights into a range of thinkers and ideas in education, (ii) research skills, (iii) academic skills including critical reading and academic writing, and (iv) opportunities to engage critically with the material with a group of interested peers. Students will normally take taught modules to the value of 30 credits over the course of their structured PhD. Students may apply for a transfer to the PhD programme.

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

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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