Education (Languages), M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The Professional Master of Education (Languages) programme is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching. Graduates will become post-primary teachers of two of the following languages: French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish.


English as a second language (ESL) is offered as an option on this programme. Applicants are required to hold a level 8 honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant discipline. This course will develop students’ understanding of the language-learning process and associated pedagogies. Successful completion of an interview, part of which will be conducted in the proposed languages to be studied, will be a requirement. This programme is designed as follows:

  • To provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching and to promote the development of students as effective and reflective teachers
  • To develop students' understanding of the language-learning process and associated pedagogies
  • To provide students with experience of the application of technologies in language learning
  • To develop further students' language skills in their chosen language(s), with particular reference to teaching through the target languages and the use of the target language in classroom management
  • To develop further students' understanding of socio-cultural aspects of language learning and teaching


Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University of Limerick (UL) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Limerick (UL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Integrating Language and Teaching 1  (6 credits) – 4 hours tutorials and 6 hours independent study per week for 12 weeks
  • Language Pedagogy 1: The Language Teacher As Professional Practitioner (6 credits)– 2 lectures  and 2 tutorials and 6 hours independent study per week for 12 weeks
  • Integrating Language and Teaching 2 (3 Credits) – 4 hours tutorials  and 1 hour private per week for 3 weeks

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

An Honours degree (2.2 or above) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant discipline.  An interview in the proposed languages to be studied will be a requirement.  Personal attendance at interview is require.  In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education programme, the PME Applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form that he/she:

  • Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME programme, a level 8 honours degree.
  • The qualifying degree must carry at least 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) per language. In the case of English as a second language (ESL) there is no requirement to have any credits or qualification prior to commencing the programme.
  • Meet the Teaching Council curricular requirements for the chosen languages. There are no curricular requirements for English as a second language.
  • Subject Declaration Form (which is available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this programme.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      11423 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 11423 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      5558 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5558 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Limerick

    850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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