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MEd/PgDip/PgCertEducation Studies

Why this course?

The MEd in Education Studies allows you to put together a personalised pathway of modules drawing from across the whole of the MEd Programme. Education Studies can be combined with other areas from within the wider MEd programme at the University of Strathclyde.

This course is ideal for those who want to build a broad-based study of education without specialising early in a single area.

The part time version of the MEd in Education Studies is very flexible and we welcome relevant Masters credits that you may have accumulated from earlier study of other courses or at other institutions.

The flexible nature of the course allows you to gain Masters accreditation for professional activities that you’re carrying out as part of your current professional role, such as curriculum development or school or workplace improvement.

You’ll study

This course is available to study full or part-time.

In the full-time route, you’ll study three core modules, including Critical Reading & Writing, in addition to some elective and optional modules. You’ll also undertake a two-part dissertation.

The part-time route is similar to that of the full-time, except you only study one core module – Critical Reading & Writing.

Research project

You’ll carry out a research project of your choice, which is divided into two parts.

In the first part, you’ll develop your understanding of appropriate research methods in education and consider the ethical requirements. In the second part, you’ll be allocated a supervisor in a one-to-one relationship who’ll support you to carry out and report your research project.

The earlier modules of the course will help you decide your area(s) of research.

Course content

Part-time

Compulsory classes

Critical Reading & Writing
This class will enable you to come to an understanding of what's meant by criticality in academic work (commensurate with SCQF level 11). It will also allow you develop the skills to be able to read and write critically. This will be contextualised within the field of reflective practice, enabling you to make the connection in a professional context.

Elective classes

Elective classes

you can choose any available class from within the wider MEd provision.

Dissertation

Dissertation 1: Research Methods & Ethics
This class provides support in developing a critical and informed understanding of research methods in relation to your own planned dissertation project. It also provides support in understanding research ethics and how they relate to your own research and provides support in meeting the requirements of the ethical approval process.
Dissertation 2: Final Report
This class represents the synoptic application of the skills and knowledge that have been acquired throughout the MEd. You'll carry out and report on a research project in an area relevant to your MEd study up to this point. This module will provide support for the planning, implementation and writing up of a research project in a professionally and academically relevant area.

Full-time

Compulsory classes

Critical Reading & Writing
This class will enable you to understand what is meant by criticality in academic work and enable you to develop the skills to be able to read and write critically in away appropriate for studying Education at Masters level.
Understanding Education Policy
This class aims to support you in developing a sophisticated and critical understanding of the complexities of the concept of policy, as it relates to education. You'll be assisted in developing techniques for interrogating and critiquing education policy taking into account local, national and global trends and trajectories.
Frameworks for Understanding Learning
This class is designed to extend your interest in, and understanding of, learning. You'll develop your critically reflective understanding of different ways of understanding learning.

Elective classes

Choice of electives
You can choose any available class from within the wider MEd provision
Individual student choice in line with current University & Faculty policy.
Individual student choice in line with current University and Faculty policy

Dissertation

Dissertation 1: Research Methods & Ethics
This class provides support in developing a critical and informed understanding of research methods in relation to your own planned dissertation project. It also provides support in understanding research ethics and how they relate to your own research and provides support in meeting the requirements of the ethical approval process.
Dissertation 2: Final Report
This class represents the synoptic application of the skills and knowledge you've gained throughout the MEd. You'll carry out and report on a research project in an area relevant to your MEd study up to this point. This class will provide support for the planning, implementation and writing up of a research project in a professionally and academically relevant area.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through small group seminars. You’ll be given reading and other reflective activities to carry out in your own time, which will be drawn on in the seminars.

The full-time MEd in Education studies also includes a range of student and staff-led research seminars that you’ll participate in.

Assessment

The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

Entry requirements

  • degree or relevant professional qualification
  • or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study
  • if English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 6.0

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU/Rest of UK - 2015/16

PgCert - £1,125

PgDip - £2,250

MEd - £3,375

Each 20 credit course costs £375 (2015/16).

International - 2015/16

PgCert - £3,375

PgDip - £6,900

MEd - £10,350

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Careers

The MEd in Education Studies is not a teaching qualification. However, Masters level study of education can enhance students’ academic and professional understanding of education in ways that can enhance practice and career opportunities in the broader field of education.

Former students have been in a range of education-related careers including:

  • teaching in compulsory education
  • teaching in post-compulsory education
  • community education
  • local authority education
  • young people’s services

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Education Studies

Qualification: MEd, Start date: Sep 2015, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Education Studies

Qualification: MEd, Start date: Sep 2015, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Education Studies

Qualification: MEd, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Education Studies

Qualification: MEd, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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