Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHA92

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 July 2023

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The MEd in Adult and Community Education is particularly suited to those who are seeking ways of understanding the connections between theoretical frameworks and the assumptions that underpin their work practices. This programme will provide the opportunity for participants to:

  • critically reflect on their experience in the field
  • develop the public debate on social justice and critical citizenship
  • have a thorough grounding and an understanding of the background to and influences on research in adult and community education


Candidates must have a primary degree with a minimum grade of 2:1 in one of the social sciences (Adult Education, community work, social care, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, anthropology, education etc.) or have a minimum grade of 2:1 in the Postgraduate Diploma in Adult, Community and Further Education/the Higher Diploma in Further Education. These are the minimum entry requirements and meeting these requirements will not guarantee an offer of entry onto the programme

Selection will be based on application, interview and references. Interviews will take place mid-June.  The interview will include a discussion of the candidate’s proposed research topic.

Should we consider late applications, late interviews will take place in August.

Please note: The University may waive these entry conditions in certain cases.

Minimum English language requirements:

• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585

• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95

• PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850


The MEd is particularly suited to those who are seeking theoretical frameworks from which to explore and question the assumptions that underpin their work practices and critical reflection.

Online application only

PAC Code

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

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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