24 months
9633 EUR/year
4829 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Literacy Education (Structured) programme from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick is a two-year Masters programme or a four-year Doctoral programme which endeavours to promote the development of research, critical thinking and communication skills within the context of the evolving nature of literacy in the twenty first century.


In line with national and international recommendations, this programme seeks to promote literacy leaders within schools and communities whose literacy knowledge reflects the highest standards of academic rigour. 

It will be of particular interest to classroom teachers, aspiring literacy leaders, school principals, policy makers and those engaged in the provision of continued professional development in the area of Literacy Education.

Participants will explore the trajectory of children’s language and literacy development and a range of appropriate instructional approaches for the promotion of same. The programme will be delivered through blended learning approaches and will provide participants with the opportunity, in a collaborative setting, to reflect critically and synthesise key issues, debates, and controversies in Literacy Education.

The Literacy Education (Structured) programme from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick aims to:

  • Encourage participants to create original and unique research that contributes to knowledge and innovation in the promotion of Literacy Education nationally and internationally
  • Enhance participants’ knowledge of key cognitive, socio-cultural and linguistic theories of language and literacy acquisition and development through a theoretically-aware matrix of teaching methodologies and seminars
  • Develop a professional learning community that displays the ability to reflect critically on national and international policy and practice in Literacy Education

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Literacy Acquisition and Development
  • Diversity in Literacy Acquisition and Development
  • Advanced Research Methods 1: Principles and Practices of Research in Education
  • Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature
  • Epistemological and Ontological Foundations of Education 1: The Enlightenment’s Progress
  • Development and Development Education
  • Educational Psychology and Lifelong Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should be the holders of a first class honours primary degree or upper second class honours (2.1) primary degree (Level 8, NFQ) in a relevant or cognate discipline that incorporates a substantial education or social science component or,
  • A Masters degree or equivalent qualification (Level 9, NFQ), at a minimum 2.2 honours level, in Literacy Education, that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick and in accordance with the University of Limerick Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • Performance at interview: an interview may form part of the selection process for applicants. 

Work experience

  • A minimum of two years’ experience as a teacher of Literacy or Literacy Education or related fields, may be considered as a basis for entry on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance under this criteria may be subject to an interview, which may be done in person or alternatively via video conferencing where the candidate is unavailable to attend.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9633 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9633 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4829 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 4829 EUR per year 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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