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Bachelor in Science (Education Studies)

What is the Bachelor in Science (Education Studies)?

Education happens in all kinds of places and throughout our lives – not just in school buildings and not just in our early years. If you choose the B.Sc. (Education Studies), you learn about the many ways, times and places in which people learn, and how these have changed over time. You will come to appreciate how education can enhance people’s lives and how different approaches benefit different people at different times of their lives, depending on what they need to learn. Learn about the formal and informal educational opportunities available to people, whether it is their first or second chance to experience for themselves the benefits of education.

What will I study?

During the programme you will learn about adult, adolescent and early childhood education through attendance at classes, hands on learning, reading and skill development. The modules delivered on the programme encompass the themes of life-long learning, ethics and social justice, education and culture, and education policies and practices. The modules cover technology, the arts, curriculum and programme design, policy analysis and much more. In addition to the core modules you will select a specialisation module, in an area of interest, which you pursue through the first three years of the programme. You will also select an optional module each year.

Work placement

A work placement is integral to each year of the programme. This can take place in locations such as education centres, non-government organisations (NGOs), arts/culture and media organisations, community education programmes, programmes run by the Department of Education and Skills as well as in formal educational institutions from pre-school to third level and further education. All students undertake an internship in the final year of the programme in an education setting of their choice.

What are my career options?

The degree of B.Sc. (Education Studies) provides skills and competencies that are useful in a wide range of careers. Many opportunities exist in the area of education and training. On completion of the programme you could work as an adult educator, an instructional designer, an education officer, or an education advisor.

What other options do I have?

Due to the diverse nature of the programme, upon successful completion of this level 8 programme, students can continue to further study in the areas of training, development and education. They may also apply for the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) programme, in MIE or elsewhere.

Module Listing

Year 1

  • How People Learn
  • What is Education?
  • Adult Education
  • Education & the Arts 1
  • Communication for Education
  • Technology for Teaching & Learning
  • 2 Optional Modules*


  • Contemporary Issues & Controversies in Education
  • Curriculum & Programme Design & Development
  • Adolescent Education
  • Education & the Arts 2
  • Development Education
  • Intercultural Education
  • 2 Optional Modules*


  • Understanding Irish Education Policy & Practice
  • Studying Teaching
  • Childhood
  • Evidence in Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Education as Liberation or Oppression
  • 2 Optional Modules*


  • Organisation and Learning Skills
  • Internship
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

 *Optional modules are chosen from:

  • Oideachas trí mhéan na Gaeilge
  • Language of education
  • The law and education   
  • Barriers to education
  • Understanding educational organisations
  • Early childhood studies
  • Financial management in education
  • Instructional Design
  • Self care and wellness in the workplace
  • Gaeilge I, II, III
  • Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • Education for Transformation
  • An Introduction to Educational Leadership and Management
  • Special Education

NOTE: Not all options are offered every year

General information

CAO code: CM010

Duration: 4 years full-time

Award level: NFQ 8

ECTS Credits: 240

Awarding body: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Minimum entry requirements:

No. of Leaving Cert subjects: 6

Min no. of higher level subjects: 2 (Min Grade H5)

Min no. of ordinary level subjects: 4 (Min Grade O6)

Minimum grades: Maths – H7/O6

English – H7/O6, Language – H7/O6

Minimum CAO Points

Requirement: 300

FETAC Requirements

Full Level 5 Major award in one of the following areas, with distinctions in at least 5 modules: Art, Craft and Design, Creative Craft, Design, Graphic Design, Administration, Office Administration, Applied Social Studies, Multimedia Production, Business Studies, Education and Training, Information Processing, Cultural and Heritage Studies, Language and European Studies, General Studies, Early Childhood Care and Education, Community Care, Community Development, Health Service Skills, Journalism, Music.

Advanced Entry

Students who have successfully completed one or more years in a similar full-time course at degree level may apply for advanced entry to the B.Sc. (Education Studies) programme. Such places are limited and applicants must meet all the minimum requirements of the programme and attend an interview. Contact admissions@mie.ie for information.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants must apply through the CAO by 5.15pm 1 February. A mature student must be 23 years of age or over on 1 January in the year of intended entry. The CAO online application facility for late applicants opens on 6 March and closes on 1 May at 5.15pm.

In mid-March, the CAO will email all mature applicants regarding whether they have met the minimum entry requirements. Any applicant who meets the eligibility criteria, and wishes to be assessed on mature grounds, will be advised to complete and return a 'Mature Student Supplementary Application Form' directly to Marino Institute of Education. The closing date is Friday 5 May at 5.15pm. Applicants will be notified of interview dates and times in mid-May. Please note that any offer will be subject to fulfilling the minimum entry requirements for CM010.