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Postgraduate Diploma in Science for Primary School Educators
Course Code: PDS011

Postgraduate Diploma in Science for Primary School Educators Level 9.

Entry Requirements:

A minimum requirement of a Bachelor of Education or equivalent.


1 year part-time.
(It is also possible to complete the programme over two years)
The programme will run Friday evenings and Saturday fortnightly during the academic year.

Next Intake:

September 2012

Closing Date: 2012-06-29

Programme Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science for Primary School Educators aims to meet the needs of teachers wishing to improve their subject understanding in all aspects of science from general knowledge to contemporary issues. With the increased focus on the importance of science in society, this programme is designed to enable teachers modify the ideas of their students allowing them to develop more scientific understandings. 

This programme is designed to meet the professional and technical needs of teachers   currently employed in primary schools who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in science, and the teaching of science and obtain a formal qualification in teaching science at primary school level.

The Postgraduate Diploma is structured to be completed part-time over one academic year. However it may be completed over a two year period by taking the Foundation and applied Biology module with either the Foundation and applied Chemistry or Foundation and applied Physics module in the first year.  The Postgraduate Cert will be awarded on completion of the first year when the course is completed over two years.

The programme is modular in design and comprises of the following modules delivered through formal lectures, tutorials, e-learning and laboratory sessions

Module Title



Foundation and Applied Biology

PDS 1.1


Foundation and Applied Chemistry

PDS 1.2


Foundation and Applied Physics

PDS 1.3


Reflective Practice and Professional Development

PDS 1.4


Contact Details

Dr.Michelle McGarraghy,
Science Programme Director,
T: 353 71 9135670

Dr. Louise Mylotte,
Biology Lecturer.
T: 353 71 9135629

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