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M Ed in Education for Human Rights and Equality

Available: Part-time

Level: 9

Duration: 2 years

Location: MIC Thurles/online


Fully Online


Mixed; submission of written assignments, groupwork, online engagement and presentations, and dissertation.

  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply

Programme Overview

The timely Masters of Education in Education for Human Rights and Equality is a two year part-time, programme providing an academic qualification for educators interested in human rights and equality offered by MIC Thurles. The programme is designed to develop participants’ knowledge and critical understanding of human rights and equality in the field of education to enable them in their professional capacity to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements to promote the upholding of human rights and equality.

Key Features

The programme is delivered fully online and welcomes participants worldwide to explore human rights and engage in discussion, peer learning, research and reflexive practice in a stimulating, challenging and safe environment. The programme will use the flipped classroom model and incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning. The programme will draw from international and national practitioners to offer a unique learning opportunity and will be coordinated and taught by Dr Catherine Stapleton and colleagues at MIC, many of whom have international educational experience. Assessment is flexible and varied involving submission of written assignments, groupwork, online engagement and presentations. All is done in the knowledge of participants having busy lives and, where possible, flexibility will form part of that assessment to play to people’s strengths and work context.

Lecturer talking about the Human Rights & Equality programme
M Ed in Education for Human Rights and Equality
Develop your knowledge and critical understanding of human rights & equality in education

Programme Aims

On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Access the concept of diversity as the essence of humanity in key educational philosophies and legislation
  • Critically analyse key issues that impact on the achievement of human rights and equality at a personal, organisational, local and global level in the field of education
  • Interrogate the ethical, moral, and social issues related to the grounds of discrimination, namely gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, membership of the Traveller/ minority community, marital, family and social status
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the weight of history on human experience and that memories survive which impact on current understanding and attitudes in both positive and challenging ways
  • Apply professional skills of communication and collaboration in a reflexive manner to affirm the uniqueness of each persons’ identity and promote human rights and equality in a variety of educational settings
  • Develop the skills, tools, and techniques to lead change and transformation in an educational organisation and facilitate the peaceful ending of conflict, discrimination and retribution
  • Engage in practitioner-based research and contribute to the growth of research in education for human rights and equality

Career Progression

This programme is aimed at all who have an interest in human rights and equality and particularly those working in the field of education. The flexible design makes it attractive to national and international participants.

This programme has also been designed in line with the Teaching Council’s subject registration requirements to teach Leaving Certificate Politics & Society. Registered post-primary teachers with the Teaching Council who graduate from the M Ed in Education for Human Rights and Equality can apply to the Teaching Council to add the subject of Politics and Society to their registration, providing that all subject registration requirements have been met.
Please note: Applications must be made on an individual basis to the Council and completion of the M Ed in Education for Human Rights and Equality at MIC does not automatically result in additional subject registration.

Programme Background

This programme recognises education's fundamental role in advancing social justice, human rights and equality in an ever-evolving world. The general assembly when proclaiming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, mandated all peoples and all nations to strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms. Moreover, Article 26 of the (UDHR) states that education shall be directed towards “the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms” (United Nations, 1948, Art 26.2).

Addressing the needs of a changing world and an increasingly diverse population is complex and multi-faceted with education playing a fundamental role. Quality education on human rights and equality can foster the development of values of peace, co-operation, tolerance, and mutual understanding as well as capacities for non-violent resolution of conflicts, alongside finding solutions to humanities greatest challenges (Williams 2006).

Dr Catherine Stapleton, Programme Coordinator

T: +353 87 1346994


Programme Content

Part-time (over two years)
Year 1 - Semester 1
Historical Understanding of Diversity & Human Rights EDU694 (9 ECTS)
Leadership for Change and Managing Diversity and Conflict EDU691 (9 ECTS)
Education and the Law EDU608 (9 ECTS)
Year 1 - Semester 2
Philosophy and Practice EDU692 (6 ECTS)
Contemporary issues in sustainably and global citizenship education: ethics, beliefs, integration, and equality EDU678 (12 ECTS)
Education for Human Rights & Equality: Applied Research Project EDU693 (12 ECTS)
Year 2 - Semester 1
Dissertation 1 EDU654 (6 ECTS)
Principles & Practices of Research in Education EDU602 (9 ECTS)
Year 2 - Semester 2
Dissertation 2 DUU655 (15 ECTS)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a relevant degree / Postgraduate Diploma / Professional Master at 2.2 Honours Level or higher (Level 8 - National Framework of Qualifications).

In cases where the applicant does not meet normal entry requirements, the applicant can be assessed on prior learning in line with university policy and procedures on the Recognition of Prior Learning. The admission procedures will include an interview wherein the prior learning and experience of applicants in education will be assessed.

It is expected that applicants should have a minimum of two years’ experience in education.

Places on the programme will be offered based on the above, based on qualifications, performance at interview (if applicable), language proficiency level (if applicable), and application form.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 - 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

How to Apply

EU Applicants

Applicants will normally hold a minimum 2.2 Honours Bachelor degree (major award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or a major award at Level 9 or a major award at Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Applicants will normally have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an education setting and should be currently working in a relevant education setting.

Other applicants who have substantial and relevant prior experience and/or learning will also be considered. Acceptance under this category will be subject to an interview and considered in light of the UL Policy on Accredited Prior Learning.

Applications for September 2024 intake are now open, and the closing date is 26 July.

Please complete all the steps below.

  1. Download and complete the application form here.
  2. You will be required to send your university transcripts.
  3. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS (or equivalent) is required.
  4. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee here using Stripe, and return the completed application form by email to

Non-EU Applicants

You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:

E: or T:  +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.

  • Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, click here.
  • Please complete your application through PAC here.
  • You will be required to upload your university transcripts.
  • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required.
  • The application fee is €50 and is non-refundable.

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old programme and the number of places on the new programme in the year you apply. Before submitting an application, you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the programme you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees, they will pay at  MIC  there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the programme of their third-level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example.

Click here for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status.

EU Applicants
+353 61 205160 / 204348
Non-EU Applicants
+353 61 204988 / +353 61 774787
  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply