MEd Education Studies (part-time)

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 36 months part-time

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  • flexible, part-time degree
  • allows you to gain a Masters-level qualification without the need to stop working
  • ideally suited to qualified teachers or those working within the broader education field looking to enhance their professional theory and practice
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Why this course?

This programme allows you to tailor your studies from a range of elective classes and is ideal for those who want a broader range of study.

Your Advisor of Studies will help guide you in your choices. It has a number of pathways, including:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Philosophy with Children (the only course of its kind in the UK)
  • Supporting Teacher Learning
  • Supporting Bilingual Learners
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Educational Leadership

By completing this degree you'll gain a critical understanding of education while being able to tailor your choice of elective subjects to suit your preferred area of specialism.

Rather than leading to a teaching qualification, it enables you to develop skills to study at Masters level and develop a sophisticated understanding of the concept of policy relating to education. It will allow you to extend your interest and understanding of learning and engage in a range of other, education-related areas.

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What you'll study

Our MEd programmes are part-time over three years. You have five years to complete the degree from first registration, usually undertaking 60 credits per academic year.

Year 1

You'll undertake three classes each worth 20 credits, normally one class per semester. On-campus classes are delivered either in the evening or on Saturday mornings and involve attending three hours per week. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

Weekly online seminars are delivered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace. The seminars are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students who decide to complete their studies after one year will graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate.

Year 2

You'll undertake three classes each worth 20 credits – one class per semester. These normally include two optional classes and the compulsory Research Methods & Reasoning class. The compulsory class, delivered online via Myplace in Semester 1, provides the basis for undertaking the Masters-level dissertation.

Each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

Students who decide to complete their studies at the end of year two will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 3

You’ll carry out a research dissertation of 15,000 words in a subject area of your choice, worth 60 credits. A supervisor, matched with the best fit for your specialist area, will provide one-to-one support while you carry out and report your dissertation.

You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This provides the flexibility to complete your studies around work commitments.

Course awards

Students who complete the three Inclusive Education or Supporting Teacher Learning modules can gain accreditation with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Learning & teaching

The majority of our modules run on a face-to-face basis with attendance at a combination of evenings and Saturdays. Some modules are taught entirely online.


Assessment is through a combination of portfolio, essay, presentation and other forms of formative assessment.

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The School of Education staff are very supportive of their students and always willing to help if you have any questions or problems. The level of teaching is very high, so you know you are experiencing a good quality course.
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Course content

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.


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.

Descriptions of the classes can be found in the Education Studies Module Catalogue 2019-20. 


Supporting Teacher Learning
  • Supporting Professional Learning in the Workplace
  • How Teachers Learn*
  • Contemporary Contexts for Teacher Learning & Teachers' Work*
Inclusive Education
  • Understanding Inclusive Education
  • Providing Effective Educational Support*
  • Inclusive Pedagogy*
Supporting Bilingual Learners
  • Theories & Policies in Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
  • Practice & Policies in Supporting Bilingual Learners*
  • Action Research to Effect Change for Bilingual Learners*
Philosophy with Children
  • Introduction to Philosophy & Philosophical Practice
  • Philosophy with Children Theory*
  • Philosophy with Children Facilitation*
Health & Wellbeing
  • Health & Wellbeing: Policy, Practice & Pedagogy
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Developing Effective Practice in Youth Health Promotion*
Educational Leadership
  • Conceptions of Leadership
  • Leadership for Learning*
  • Leadership for Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice*
Generic modules/Independent study
  • Independent Study Module 4 (10 credits)
  • Independent Study Module 1 (20 credits)
  • Independent Study Module 3 (40 credits)
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

An undergraduate degree. Some modules require General Teaching Council for Scotland registration or other qualified teacher status and for you to be working in schools.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.



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Education Studies

Qualification: MEd
Start Date: Sep 2019
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Education Studies

Qualification: MEd
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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