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MA in Christian Leadership in Education

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  • Programme Overview

    The Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education is an innovative, specialist programme to enhance the development of leadership capacity in the primary and second-level sector. It will help build much needed educational capacity, respond to the widespread desire for an authentic personal spirituality and address the acknowledged 'deficit' in theological literacy and the widespread hunger for justice and inclusiveness in Irish society.

    Key Features

    Bursaries and Scholarships available, for further details pleas click HERE.


    The programme, which is offered over two academic years in part-time mode (with the option of exiting with a graduate diploma), will explore key issues of educational leadership, policy and management, within the context of faith-based school environments. It is open to principals, deputy principals and teachers aspiring to leadership or management roles within the faith-based education sector. It is also open to those in Boards of Management or working with the Educational Trust Bodies.

    The programme will be delivered by means of traditional lectures, workshops and some on-line exercises. The assessments vary across the modules, these include written assignments, on-line exercises and participation in workshops.

    Student on the MA in Christian Leadership in Education with the word 'Leadership' in a graphic beside him
    MA in Christian Leadership in Education
    This programme explores educational leadership, policy, management & other key competencies

    The MA in Christian Leadership in Education helps applicants to develop knowledge, understanding, and skills in areas such as:

    • Leading people; leading learning & teaching
    • Strategic development, school self-evaluation, and improvement planning
    • Current legislation and governance best practices
    • Your own personal, spiritual, and professional development
    • The nature of Christian educational ethos
    • Competence in leading a faith-based school
    MA in Christian Leadership in Education
    MA in Christian Leadership in Education
    MACLE graduates at the MIC Conferring ceremony in 2018 with TRS faculty members


    Deirdre Franklin, Arts Office

    T: +353 61 204507


    Programme Content

    The programme consists of 12 taught modules—delivered face-to-face. Students will also be expected to be in a placement (normally the school where they are currently working) and to complete a minor dissertation (15,000 words approx.).

    Students will be provided with skills in research methods with a view to their dissertation.

    Those taking the Graduate Diploma will take the taught modules and exit after three semesters without completing the dissertation.

    The various modules in the programme will explore the following areas in depth:

    • Educational Leadership
    • Policy and Management
    • Scripture and Theology
    • Psychology and Leadership
    • Group Dynamics
    • Spirituality for schools
    • Learning and Curriculum
    • Liturgy and Sacraments within the school
    • Emotional and Relational Competence
    • Education and the Law
    • School Governance and Management
    • Issues of Social Justice in Education
    • Reflective Practice
    • Leading a Faith-based School in the 21st century

    Entry Requirements

    The normal requirement for entry to the programme is a First or Second Class Honours primary degree. Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial relevant experience will also be considered. Final selection will require attendance for interview and may require presentation of some previous written material.

    • Click here for English language requirements.

    How to Apply

    Applications for July 2022 entry are now open. Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 15 June 2022.

    TEN full bursaries are available for the next intake of the MA in Christian Leadership in Education. For further details please click HERE.

    The next intake will commence on Monday 4 July 2022, with a two week Summer School (Monday 4-Friday 15 July 2022).

    Please contact Professor Eamonn Conway, for further bursary details.

    Please Note: This programme is not open to applications from non-EU countries. Application fees are non-refundable due to applicant ineligibility. See International programme listing here.

    Complete all the steps below:

    • Download and complete the application form here.
    • You will be required to send your university transcripts (and applicants may be required to name one or more referees on request).
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required. 
    • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex hereand return the completed application and transcripts by email to

    Fees: Click here.

    Note: This programme may attract a subsidy. Please contact the designated person below for more details.


    Arts Office
    Deirdre Franklin
    +353 61 204507

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question