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MEdEducation Studies (part-time)

Why this course?

The flexible, part-time nature of the MEd in Education Studies degree allows you to gain a Master’s level qualification without the need to stop working. It is ideally suited to qualified teachers or those working within the broader education field looking to enhance their professional theory and practice.

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 Bi-lingual Learners
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Educational Leadership
  • Early Career Development
  • Children's Literacies
  • Diversity and Education
  • Independent Study

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

This degree is not a teaching qualification, rather, 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.

You'll study

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

Year 1

Students usually undertake three classes each worth 20 credits. Normally this will be one class per semester. For on-campus classes, this will involve attending three hours per week, delivered either in the evening or on Saturday morning. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

For Virtual Learning Environment classes, this will involve participating in weekly online seminars delivered via My Place. 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

Students undertake three classes each worth 20 credits. This will usually consist of two optional classes and a compulsory class, Research Methododologies & Reasoning. The compulsory class equips students with the necessary basis for undertaking a dissertation at Masters level. Research Methods & Reasoning is delivered entirely online via My Place during semester one.

As per year one, students will normally undertake one class per semester. The expected study time is the same as in year one.

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 in a subject area of your choice worth 60 credits. We'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support whilst you carry out and report your dissertation. We aim to match you with the best fit for your specialist area.

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

Major projects

The degree requires the completion of a 15,000-word dissertation in the final year.

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).

Course content

Compulsory classes

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.

Elective classes

Over the course of the MEd, you'll choose five classes from the following areas. Subject to availability, you can choose up to three classes from the same area. Your Advisor of Studies will provide guidance to help with your class selection.

Descriptions of the classes can be found in the Education Studies Module Cataogue 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*
Early Career Development
  • Policy & Practice: Early Career Development
Children’s’ Literacies
  • Teaching Literacy across all School Subjects
  • Children’s Literature & Literary Theory
Diversity & Education
  • New Diversity, Gender & Sexuality in Education
Generic modules/Independent study
  • Independent Study Module 4 (10 credits)
  • Independent Study Module 1 (20 credits)
  • Independent Study Module 3 (40 credits)

*Subject to student demand

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

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree. Some modules require GTCS registration or other qualified teacher status and to be working in schools.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no 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 are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


This is a modular course and the fee per module is below.


  • £722

Rest of UK

  • £722


  • £1,627 

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

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