MA in Higher Education

Are you seeking to research an area of your teaching in depth or to publish work already undertaken? Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of the national and international policies that impact and influence local strategic decisions? Are you looking for effective ways to assess and provide feedback or to supervise undergraduate research projects or are you grappling with the need to integrate technologies that will enrich your modules?

The part time MA in Higher Education offers participants the opportunity to engage in an intellectually and personally invigorating programme and to interact with like-minded professionals from a wide variety of Irish institutions and subject disciplines to examine the key issues, practices, research and policies of contemporary Irish and international higher education.


Perhaps you have considered pursuing an MA in Higher Education previously, but were unsure if you could commit the time required?

– A range of flexible options for the part time MA (Higher Education) have been devised to facilitate busy academic staff and to provide participants with a diversity of learning experiences.

Programme modules are structured around important areas in higher education and each enables participants to deepen their knowledge, develop their research, critical thinking and analytical skills and apply these skills to their educational interests and specialisms. The Annual Graduate Student Conference and the new online Irish Journal of Academic Practice (IJAP) offers the opportunity to develop and disseminate participants’ own work on the programme and both are useful outlets for academic publishing pursuits. In the final stage of the programme, through the completion of a thesis, participants learn to develop and carry out rigorous educational research using both traditional and emerging research designs informed by a critical awareness of developments at the forefront of practice and policy in higher education.

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Programme highlights include:

A Programme Team whose wide range of experience, expertise and research interests in their field enriches their modules and informs their tutoring and support roles.

Regular peer communication and interaction with enthusiastic colleagues with diverse academic, professional, and life experiences that enliven their conversations in and outside of the Aungier Street classrooms. This sense of community ensures that the cohort-based programme creates close ties that extend well beyond the participants’ graduation!

Flexibility, with participants enjoying the convenience and flexibility of selected blended and online sessions and of some optional modules.

  • Professional development is at the core of the MA qualification – the Academic Writing & Publishing module provides the opportunity to write a journal paper on an aspect of education research and to present at an internal conference while the Higher Education Policy module entails topical inputs from leaders and experts from a range of relevant bodies and organisations.
  • The research project and associated dissertation in Year 2 allows you to focus on a specific area of relevance to you and your practice as an educator. You will be developing your research, critical thinking and analytical skills and applying them to your educational interests and specialisms.

More details on the menu of modules available can be viewed in a one page summary.

Some places remain on the MA (Higher Education) programme for September 2017 but applications should be made as soon as possible.

Programme Details
Course Title MA in Higher Education
Programme Start Date Tues 5th September 2017, with a varied and exciting induction day!
Duration 2 Years
Structure Part-time
Modules There are six modules in Year 1 and a Thesis module in Year 2.
Fees Click here for fees information – Note that fees quoted are per year
Location DIT Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre, 5th Floor, Aungier Street Campus, Dublin 2.
Timetable / Hours Participation on this programme involves attendance on a Tuesday morning in Year 1 from 10am-1pm.  In Year 2, participants attend approximately 12 key workshops related to the research process and completing an effective MA thesis on some Tuesday afternoons from 2-5pm; in addition there are negotiated supervisor meetings for the duration of the thesis.

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