M.Ed. On Campus

Education (Special and Inclusive Education)

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
5040 EUR/year
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The Education (Special and Inclusive Education) programme of the National University of Ireland, Galway offers teachers who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational (PGDSEN) the opportunity to continue their study and conduct educational research that will assist them further in effectively supporting students with special educational needs in their schools.


About Education (Special and Inclusive Education) at National University of Ireland, Galway

The Education (Special and Inclusive Education) programme of the National University of Ireland, Galway includes, complements, and develops learning that has taken place during the PDSEN, with an additional core focus being on the development of participants’ research literacy and personal research skills.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Adopt a critical stance in their reading of existing research.
  • Critically discuss ontological and epistemological concerns in educational research.
  • Identify and justify appropriate methods for investigating a well-refined research question(s) in the context of their minor thesis.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of current knowledge at the forefront of learning in special and inclusive education by conducting a literature review in a chosen area.
  • Design and plan small-scale quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods primary research or secondary research.
  • Understand, explain and demonstrate compliance with key ethical responsibilities associated with research involving human participants (especially vulnerable populations).
  • Gather, scrutinise and reflect upon data in the context of set research objectives.
  • Conduct basic descriptive and inferential analyses using IBM SPSS, and report and present findings appropriately.
  • Analyse qualitative data using appropriate techniques, and report and present findings in an aligned manner.
  • Synthesise research findings and critically evaluate them in the context of existing knowledge in the chosen area.
  • Reflect on the role of the researcher in the research process.
  • Demonstrate insight into the chosen research area by making recommendations that effectively communicate the outcomes and implications of the research.


For education professionals, it is vital that their practice is evidence-based; that is, informed by the latest high quality research. This MEd programme will enable participants to become research engaged and literate, as well as to conduct small-scale yet significant educational research to a high professional standard in the rapidly evolving area of special and inclusive education. The knowledge and skills acquired through the completion of this course will advance the professional development of teachers who currently work, or wish to work, in SEN teaching, co-ordination and leadership roles in primary and post-primary schools.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Minor Thesis: Master in Education
  • Research Methods
  • Completed Postgraduate Diploma Modules

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry is restricted to teachers who have recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in SEN and obtained a H2.1 award or higher.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

    5040 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5040 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 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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