Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment and Award
  • Schedule & Career

Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Collaboration with Dorset College are offering the following:

Programme Title Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching                         
National Framework Level Level 9
Award Type Major
Awarding Body LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
Schedule MALT Schedule
Programme Fee €2650.00 Per Year
Applying for this Programme Fill in the Postgraduate Application Form below and send directly to LYIT
This  Programme is designed to support the development of learning and teaching within third level, further education, post primary and primary sectors.

The suite of offerings provide academics with the opportunity to develop their professional practice. The modules explore the link between effective teaching and reflective practice, providing learners with the scope to critically analyse their own teaching practice. The programme offer a variety of pathways for students from the study of a single certificate to completion of the full Masters in Learning and Teaching.

A key aspect of the programme is the relationship between effective teaching and reflective practice; the imperative to reflect not only on what we should teach, but how effectively we teach. In every module critical reflective practice, based on evidence rather than anecdote, is required and used as the basis for self-evaluation and self-improvement. The collection and analysis of evidence will therefore be a prominent feature of the programme as a whole.

The programme promotes a student centred approach to learning and teaching. It supports professional development, providing an opportunity to develop skills through practically focused modules. The programme reflects the growing understanding of the central role of assessment and evaluation in learning and teaching and the importance of academic writing and research at every stage of education. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across disciplines with practitioners from all levels within education. In this way the programme provides a unique opportunity for educators to deepen their understanding of learning and teaching across different stages of education.

Key features include:

  • Focused on developing professional practice in learning and teaching
  • Leading national and international best practice speakers
  • Blended learning delivery
  • Work based learning and research in all modules
  • Block delivery over 2 years at weekends
  • Assessment is assignment based
  • Links theory to practice

Application made directly to Letterkenny Institute of Technology - see Postgraduate Application Form below:

Main Contact Cathal Kearney, Dorset College by E- Mail: / Tel: 01) 8309677
Alternative Contact Anne Burke, Head of Department of Law and Humanities, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
E- Mail: / Tel: (074) 9186204
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Masters in Learning & Teaching

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Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching   

Entry requirements are a Level 8 Degree, minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent

LYIT operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme where applicants may be considered based on relevant work and other experience, for exemptions from programme modules and advanced entry.

Throughout this programme, critical reflection on learning and teaching practices is an integral part of an evidence based approach to teacher development; therefore, applicants should be currently involved in an active teaching role.


Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching  
Year/Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/
No of credits Class hours per week

Student Centred Learning and Teaching

Mandatory                10 2 Friday Evenings & 2 Saturdays                                   
  Academic Writing in Research Mandatory 5 1 Friday Evening & 1 Saturday
1/2 Assessment Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evenings & 2 Saturdays
2/3 Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Creativity and Scholarship Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evenings & 2 Saturdays
2/4 Research Methods Mandatory 15 2 Friday Evenings & 3 Saturdays
  Choosen Elective module* Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evening & 2 Saturday
2/5 Research Project Mandatory 30  

*In Semester 4 students opt for an elective module (which are subject to demand). The elective choices are:

  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Inclusive Curriculum
  • Educational Leadership Management
  • Effective Supervision
  • Restorative Practice: A Transformative Approach to Teaching and Learning
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the MA in Learning & Teaching, the learner will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the key features and structures of relevant academic texts relating to strategies, theories and models of effective learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Evaluate and integrate theory, research and practice, to enhance student-centred learning and teaching.
  • Compare and contrast effective teaching skills and strategies used by self and others, sharing ideas concerning this with peers and other colleagues via mentoring, peer review, critical review and self- reflection.
  • Engage in independent learning and communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate creativity, and where relevant, originality, through practitioner based research/critical reflective practice. 
  • Plan and carry out complex research projects in specific curricular areas of teaching including dissertation/research papers.
  • Prioritise, analyse and interpret main research sources and findings relevant to the field of study in the context of a research dissertation.

Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

Graduates from this programme
will achieve a major award on the National Qualifications Framework at level 9.  The title of this award is a "Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching".

Award Type: Major
Awarding Body: LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI


Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching  

MALT Schedule

Progression Opportunities
Progression on this programme will comply with the National Qualifications Framework. It is intended that the programme will develop and hone specialist knowledge.  On successful completion of this programme candidates may be eligible to progress to level 10 programmes, such as the professional doctorate programmes at Queens University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, the National University Maynooth.

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