Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning

  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 2 Years Part-time
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Teaching and Learning (Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and competencies to design, teach, assess and evaluate educational programmes and to enable them to become professional, reflective practitioners. It will also equip graduates for roles in academic leadership and/or research supervision.

The embedded Postgraduate Diploma comprises five mandatory modules and one elective module. 

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse current theories and research in teaching, learning and assessment practices and policies in higher education;
  • Assess, select and evaluate the use of varied teaching and assessment strategies, including the integration of digital technologies to ensure effective teaching practices and enhance student engagement;
  • Synthesise pedagogical research with discipline-based expertise to enhance models of higher education practice and the design of education programmes for diverse leaners;
  • Apply the reflective practitioner model in order to identify and promote improvements to own practice, whilst demonstrating professionalism and high ethical standards;
  • Demonstrate initiative and leadership skills in working with peers and other educators and the wider community in designing curricula, leading programmes and/or conducting research supervision in diverse educational settings;
  • Evaluate the wider social, political and economic environment within which the teaching professional operates;
  • Demonstrate reflectivity and creativity in the interpretation and application of concepts, methods and approaches to teaching, learning and assessment;
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in the use of appropriate research methods in higher education and use these to research practice and make a contribution to knowledge;
  • Design and execute an independent, critical, and reflective professional investigation which examines the relationship between theory and practice, adopting the most appropriate research methods to address and analyse the identified issues.

What subjects will I study?

  • Teaching and Learning 1
  • Teaching and Learning 2
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Curriculum Design
  • Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning
  • Education Research Methods
  • Masters Research Project

    Elective Subjects
  • Academic Leadership
  • Research Supervision
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Education

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 8 degree, minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent. SETU Carlow operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme whereby applicants may be considered, based on relevant work and other experience, for exemptions from course modules and advanced entry.

As critical reflection on teaching and learning practices is an integral part of this programme, applicants should be currently involved in (or envisage being involved in) an active teaching role.

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. SETU Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad and may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of teaching and learning. Individual modules from the programme are now offered as standalone modules and are accredited as minor awards at Level 9. These modules are as follows:

  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning 1 (Foundation)
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning 2 (Advanced)
  • Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • Certificate in Research Supervision.
  • Certificate in Assessment and Feedback
  • Certificate in Curriculum Design
  • Certificate in Academic Leadership.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE11A Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning Carlow Part-time €6,000 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
SE11B Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Teaching & Learning Carlow Part-time €5,400  

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant course information including entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries, please email:


Dr Gina Noonan
Head of Centre for Teaching and Learning