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MEdEducation Studies

Why this course?

The full-time MEd Education Studies provides a basis in understanding education policy and allows you to tailor your studies from a range of elective specialist classes.

This course is ideal for you if you want to complete your studies within a year.

You’ll study

You’ll study four core classes and two elective classes. You’ll also undertake a dissertation in a topic of your choosing.

You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This means that if you're an international student you can complete your studies in your home country, potentially reducing your financial costs and time away from your family.

The classes have received outstanding student evaluations and have resulted in requests from numerous local authorities to run sessions within their authorities.

Research project

You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice.

We'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support whilst you carry out and report your dissertation. We try to match you with the best fit for your area of specialism.

Course content


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.
Research Methods & Reasoning

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.

Elective classes

Choice of electives

You'll choose two classes from the following specialist areas:


  • Curricular Studies
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Educational Technology
  • Philosophy with Children
  • Early Years Pedagogy
  • Inclusion
  • Autism
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Learning Support
  • Policy and Management
  • Educational Leadership
  • Professional Practice
  • Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability


Your Advisor of Studies will help guide you in your choices.



This class represents the application of the skills and knowledge you've gained throughout your study.

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 a range of student and staff-led research seminars that you’ll participate in.


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

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you're from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

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 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.



  • MEd: £3,600

Rest of UK


  • MEd: £3,600



  • MEd: £11,000

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English/EU students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs. Students resident in the EU may also apply.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


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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