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Education and the Arts (META)

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

24 months
3812 EUR/year
1912 EUR/year
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META takes a collective arts approach. This Education and the Arts (META) two-year part-time programme from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick is neither an integrated arts programme nor a programme in any specific discipline.


During the Education and the Arts (META) two-year part-time programme from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick students examine a range of practices in arts education in primary, secondary and other educational contexts; scrutinising practices in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and film education. 

They interrogate the theories underpinning these practices and the national and international historical and policy contexts in which they are embedded. They also engage with core philosophical ideas relating to education and the arts: creativity, imagination, aesthetics, form, process, community, transformation, diversity, and performance.

Key Features

The programme provides a broad-based training in established and emergent (arts) education research methodologies. Student engagement with ‘live’ works of art is integral to the programme. Such engagement is facilitated by the presence on campus of Lime Tree Theatre and its nearby off-campus venue, Belltable, as well as by the proximity of Limerick City Gallery and the Hunt Museum; all receiving venues for high-quality national and international works of art and work by local artists. Ultimately, the META programme seeks to provide students with a firm understanding of the location of the arts within and outside the formal education system.


  • Possible career opportunities for artists include: school residencies on teacher-artist partnership projects funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; residencies in a range of other educational contexts e.g. prisons, health, community education, youth arts, colleges involved in initial teacher education.
  • Possible career opportunities for teachers include: opportunities to work with artists on in-school teacher-artist partnership projects; special duties’ posts as arts education coordinators in schools; providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in arts education for colleagues; designing, delivering and leading national CPD programmes in the arts for teachers (with the advent of a new primary school curriculum and fresh initiatives at second level).

Programme Structure

  • During the programme, students complete two research projects: (1) a small-scale project focusing on their own practice as artist/teacher in the first year of the programme and (2) a larger scale project (20,000 words or its equivalent) in the second year of the programme. Among the research methodologies explored on the programme are: action research, case study, arts-based educational research, practice based research, critical discourse analysis, ethnography, narrative enquiry and autoethnography. 
  • Essay, oral presentation, performance, resource pack, project, written dissertation (or its equivalent by arrangement with the dissertation tutor and the course leader).

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants will normally hold a 2.2 Honours degree (at level 8) with a major subject/component in one of the following areas: Education, Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance, Creative Writing, Film.
  • Applicants with a degree major in other disciplines may be considered if they have substantial (more than three years) relevant professional experience in the arts and education. Other applicants who have substantial relevant prior experience and/or learning may be considered. Acceptance under these latter categories may be subject to an interview or the submission of a portfolio of prior learning.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3812 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7625 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1912 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3825 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Limerick

850 - 1150 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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