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Master in Education Studies (Christian School Leadership) Online

Applications for September 2024 intake of this programme will open in late January/early February 2024

Please contact admissions@mie.ie to express your interest in this course or if you have any general queries.

What is the Master in Education Studies (Christian School Leadership) Online?

The Master in Education Studies in (Christian School Leadership) Online is an innovative and unique Masters course that draws on research, principles and practice in school leadership and Christian education in Ireland and internationally, in order to prepare current and future school leaders of Christian schools.  The course is framed to provide clear interaction between formation and theory, reflection and practice.  A key feature of the course is to build an online community among students as an integral aspect of forming professional leaders for Christian education. It is equally suited to those who currently have leadership positions and to those who aspire to such roles. The course provides grounding in skills necessary for leadership, management and governance and offers a theological and spiritual background to help appreciate, support and develop a faith-based ethos within a school in a pluralist context. 

Who is the course for?

This course is specifically designed for primary and post-primary teachers who wish to pursue leadership and management training for Christian schools in a multicultural and pluralist society, and to pursue their own academic and professional development. The course is open to applicants from Ireland and abroad.  The course is endorsed by the CSL - Centre for School Leadership

What will I study?

In Year 1, students on this course will study six discrete modules.  In Year 2, students focus on an area of interest, related to Leadership in Christian Education, in greater depth. They will develop research skills and write a dissertation (15,000 words) on a topic relevant to Leadership in Christian Education. 

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is linked to the modular nature of the course and consists of a variety of online assessments in Year 1, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in Year 2. 

MIE Trust Fund Bursary

All students who successfully register for this degree programme will receive 20% discount off tuition fees for both year 1 and year 2.

Early Exit Award 

Students have the opportunity to exit this course with a Postgraduate Diploma (in Christian School Leadership) upon successful completion of Year 1.

Module Listing

Year 1

  • Module 1: Leadership in Education
  • Module 2: Leadership and Theology
  • Module 3: Leadership and Spirituality
  • Module 4: Education Legislation and Governance of a Christian School
  • Module 5: Leadership and Management
  • Module 6: Leading a Christian School

Year 2

  • Dissertation

General Information

Duration: 2 years part-time

Award Level: NFQ 9

ECTS Credits: 90

Awarding Body: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Minimum Entry Requirements

An honours degree (level 8) with second class honours or higher and at least three years teaching or equivalent professional experience. In exceptional cases students who meet the honours degree requirement but do not have the necessary experience may be considered for the course. Candidates may be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview and complete a written assignment as appropriate.  English Language Requirement IELTS Level 6.5 (or equivalent).

Delivery Mode

This programme is conducted entirely online and will have national and international reach. Lectures will be conducted in the evenings (GMT) on weekdays in year one.   In Year 2, students attend lectures online early in Term 1 after which they will focus on their research dissertations with a supervisor they will meet with online.

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Course Fees

The fee for the course is €3,950 per annum. Full details of fees are outlined in the Institute Charges Policy.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an online application and are typically required to undergo an interview. For further details, please contact admissions@mie.ie