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Master of Education
(Top-Up)

Master of Education (Top-Up)

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 90 ECTS

​​Start Date: September

Duration: 3 Years (Part-time)

Programme Description

This top-up programme offers graduates of the Institute for Education’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education, the opportunity to further their studies and obtain a Master of Education. Within this top-up qualification, participants will work on a research component relevant to their professional practice. Under the guidance of a supervisor, participants will be supported through workshops and tutorials in order to assist them to critically evaluate appropriate literature in the respective field, apply appropriate research methodology and critically interpret results and the contribution of one’s research to the field of education.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to be in possession of the following:

  1. An MQF Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (MQF 7, 60 ECTS) awarded by the Institute for Education within the last five (5) years with an average of 65% or higher

AND

  1. A Research Proposal approved by the Dissertation Board.*

*Conditions for Admission

    1. Applicants are to submit a research proposal as part of their application on the IfE Portal.
    2. Acceptance on the programme is subject to the submitted Research Proposal meeting the requirements and approval of the Dissertation Board. Should the proposal not be accepted applicants would need to re-apply with the following intake.
    3. Acceptance on the programme is subject to the availability of a supervisor.
    4. Past course participants are able to apply for this programme two academic years after the successful completion (graduation) of their Postgraduate Diploma.
    5. Past course participants whose studies were terminated by the Institute for Education or who have previously failed the Dissertation component on the IfE’s Master of Education programme are not eligible to apply.

 

Course Outline

First Year

Code Description Credits
Research Component
30 ECTS

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

  1. Identify and critically appraise the theoretical, scientific and/or empirical knowledge appropriate for the study; 
  2. Determine the contextual framework for the research;
  3. Demonstrates critical knowledge of theoretical and evidence based practices within the educational field;
  4. Identify and appreciate ethical and social issues within the field of educational research;
  5. Demonstate a critical and anlytical approach towards indepth knowledge of the specific subject matter;
  6. Design a research project related to a pedagogical and/or educational theme;
  7. Adapt appropriate research methods to the field of study; 
  8. Formulate methods of collecting, manipulating and analysing data;
  9. Compare and critically reflect on research findings and triangulate these findings with published literature;
  10. Create a hypthotesis and establish the correct tools to test it.

Mode of Delivery

Each student will be mentored and provided with continuous feedback from and supported by their dissertation supervisor with whom they are entitled to a minimum of six one-to-one meetings.  

Assessment Methods

This module shall be assessed through one of the following:

  1. Dissertation (100%) of 23,000 -27,000 words; or
  2. Project-based dissertation including 400-500 hours dedicated to the said project together research write-up of 10,000-15,000 words; or
  3. A series of journal articles of publishable quality.

Students may also be asked to attend a follow-up viva voce. 

Certification

Upon successful completion of this programme, course participants will be conferred a Master of Education and recognised by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.

Further Career and Learning Opportunities

This course is recognised by the Council for the Teaching Profession and serves as part of the requirements to apply for the position of regular teacher. It may also provide access to further studies at MQF Level 8.

Applications

When open, interested applicants may apply through the Institute for Education’s online portal: https://ife.portal.gov.mt/programme/apply 

For any queries related to the Admissions process kindly contact ife.admissions@ilearn.edu.mt​​​

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