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Master in Education Studies (Christian School Leadership) Online



Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 7.00PM 

We are holding an online information session for this programme on Wednesday 10th of April 2024 at 7.00PM.  If you would like to learn more about the MES in Christian School Leadership (Online) programme, please click the link below to register for the online session and we will send you the web link prior to the event.  Registrations for this event will close at 5.00PM on Tuesday 9th April 2024.



Applications for September 2024 intake of this programme are now open and will close on the 31st of May 2024. Following the application closing date eligible applicants will be called for interview.


Please contact [email protected] 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
    Leadership in Education prepares students for leadership in a contemporary educational environment. It presents a strong foundation in the Psychology and Styles of Leadership, Emotional and Relational Competence, and the role of Group Dynamics.
  • Module 2: Leadership and Theology
    Leadership and Theology presents a basic introduction to Christian theology, Christian anthropology and Christian ethics and social justice and how these relate to leadership in Christian schools.

  • Module 3: Leadership and Spirituality
    Leadership and Spirituality provides an introduction to Christian Spirituality and how it applies to the educational enterprise.  It explores leadership in terms of service and what it means to be a spiritual leader in a school context and from the point of view of different school charisms.

  • Module 4: Education Legislation and Governance of a Christian School
    Education Legislation and Governance in Christian Schools provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of education legislation and governance that facilitate a school working well and delivering a quality education in conjunction with all the relevant stakeholders. It introduces students to national and international law as it applies to education and models of governance. Ecclesial and civil law arrangements in England, Germany, Spain, Ireland and the USA to provide for religious freedom and freedom of education in publicly funded schools will be addressed.
  • Module 5: Leadership and Management
    Leadership and Management explores the role of school leaders in leading and managing the school as a learning organisation.  Focus will be placed on enhancing management skills and the understanding of how different strategies are most effectively employed in the field of education to support school development and improvement, the mission and vision of a school while maintaining high academic and professional expectations.

  • Module 6: Leading a Christian School
    Leading a school with a Christian ethos offers specific opportunities to practise leadership through the lens of Gospel values and includes sacrament and liturgy, inclusion and welcome of all beliefs. It also requires school leaders to respond to social movements, such as the LGBTQI reality. This module provides a significant opportunity to empower school leaders of Christian schools in their engagement with the ongoing needs of learning communities in a pluralist society.

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 [email protected]