MEd Education Studies (part-time)

September 2020 entry still available

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: GTCS with some specialisms: see individual specialism details
  • Study mode and duration: Normally 36 months
    Face-to-face/online: see individual module details
  • Second-year entry: Prior learning may be accredited - contact individual specialism leader

  • Ranked: Top 10 in UK for Education (Complete University Guide 2021)

Study with us

  • flexible, part-time nature allows students to gain a Master’s level qualification without the need to stop working

  • programme allows students to tailor their studies from a range of elective classes and is ideal for those who want a broader range of study

  • students develop skills to study at Masters level and gain a critical understanding of educational issues and education policy

How could the Covid-19 pandemic affect my studies?

Covid-19: information & FAQs
Back to course

Why this course?

This programme is designed to support qualified teachers or those working within education to enhance their professional profile, support engagement with wider contemporary issues impacting on schools and teachers, and enables a broader perspective on their work.

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
  • 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.

Student in Piece cafe, on campus, drinking coffee.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

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

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

Go back

Course content

You may opt to study a pre-prescribed suite of modules in a specialist area shown below. A number of these will allow you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) named specialist exit award.

Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability (PG Cert)

This course explores health, wellbeing and sustainability in the context of Scottish education. The course is suitable for teachers qualified to teach at all levels in Scottish schools and offering both these strands as a cohesive approach will provide greater flexibility for career development. Teachers with a role or responsibility for health and wellbeing, pupil support or PSE can develop their expertise as practitioners; or staff from key agencies who have a role or responsibility for health improvement.

Health and Wellbeing: Policy Practice and Pedagogy

20 credits

The module aims to develop a greater understanding of the practice and principles of health improvement and develop a critical approach to health promotion theory, principles and current issues.

September- December: Tuesday evenings, assessment is in January.

Learning For Sustainability

20 credits

The module aims to provide opportunities for students to develop education for sustainability programmes for use within their chosen contexts and runs over three Saturdays; assessment will be completed by April.

Developing Effective Practice in Youth Health Promotion

20 credits

The class will focus on the key priorities of addictions, mental health and sexual health. April- June; Tuesday evenings; assessment is in June.

Contact Monica Porciani for more details.

Inclusive Education (PG Cert)

The Postgraduate Certificate Inclusive Education is gained through study in the following modules at Masters level:

  • Understanding Inclusive Education
  • Providing Effective Educational Support
  • Inclusive Pedagogy

Completion of this certificate leads to the GTCS professional recognition certificate: Additional Support Needs 3-18.

This course is suitable for practitioners working in education settings. It is particularly relevant for those working in support and leadership roles in schools who want to gain a better understanding of the legislation and policy frameworks for ASN. This course aims to give students an understanding of the historical background to anti-discriminatory practices, learn about how pupil can be effectively supported through child centred and interagency working, and consider how to adapt and reflect on teaching methodologies and pedagogies that suit all learners.

The wide ranging and continually changing nature of additional support will be examined so that students can reflect more critically on their own practice. Informed reflection is, we believe, an essential component of enhanced practice to ensure we adopt socially just practices.

Understanding Inclusive Education

20 credits

This module focuses on the changing field of inclusive education/educational support. There will be an exploration of the concepts of inclusion and of additional support needs in their entirety and in the ways in which these are exemplified in policy and practice. The intention is to help teachers to see the policies and practices of the field in relation to the ideas that lie behind them and be better placed to understand the research and theoretical background. Students will critique these in the context of their own practitioner environments.

Providing Effective Educational Support

20 credits

This module will focus on the question of how education practitioners can best respond to societal injustices that impact on children through children centred approaches with families, and alongside other child and health services. The focus will be on learning about anti-discriminatory, strength-based, rights-focussed support that is holistic, collaborative, inclusive, and socially just. Students will gain an understanding of policies such as GIRFEC and staged intervention models, and consider their implications for practice. Teaching on this module is both face to face and online.

Inclusive Pedagogy

20 credits

In this module participants will be encouraged to take a critical view of pedagogy and consider the processes which lead to the marginalisation and exclusion of particular children. The module is about supporting all learners through pedagogical approaches that focus on extending teaching approaches that are routinely available in classrooms in ways that might include all children as opposed to identifying specific and different approaches for some children. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of recognising and responding to the learning needs of all children, relating this learning to their own establishments and practice.

Contact Jane Caitlin for more details.

Philosophy with Children (PG Cert)

This is the only course of its kind in the UK. It is for anyone who wants to facilitate practical philosophy with children and adults. No prior knowledge or experience of education or philosophy is required.

To be trained to facilitate Community of Philosophical Inquiry, you’ll study three modules. Each should be undertaken in the sequence shown below. Classes are on campus on Tuesdays from 6pm-8.30pm.

Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophical Practice

20 credits. Starts mid-September and runs for 12 weeks.

This module offers an introduction to the philosophy and logic that you’ll need to facilitate practical philosophy. You will also participate in philosophical dialogue with your peers in class.

Philosophy with Children: Theory

20 credits. Starts early January and runs for 8 weeks.

This module introduces different approaches to practical philosophy. You will also learn how to choose stimulus materials, select appropriate questions to generate philosophical dialogue, reflect on the role of the facilitator and analyse dialogue.

Philosophy with Children: Facilitation

20 credits. Starts mid-April and runs for 8 weeks.

Bringing together your learning from the previous modules, you will participate in Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) and you will facilitate CoPI with your peers.

Following the three modules you can progress in your study of PwC to the dissertation stage or you may opt for the EdD (PwC).

Contact Claire Cassidy for more details.

Supporting Teacher Learning (PG Cert)

The course is aimed at those involved in the support of teaching professional learning at all stages of a teacher’s career including:

  • student and probation mentors
  • continuing professional development (CPD) coordinators
  • professional review and development (PRD) reviewers
  • school leaders
  • local authority officers with responsibility for CPD and/or probationer and leadership development

It recognises a widening conception that the role of the teacher includes not only a central role in supporting pupil learning, but also recognises the important role that teachers can play in supporting each other’s learning. Previously, it was assumed that by virtue of knowing how to teach children teachers had also been equipped to support their colleagues’ learning. However, there is growing recognition (Donaldson, 2011; Kennedy et al., 2008) that this important role requires additional specific knowledge, understanding and skills, which form the basis of this Postgraduate Certificate.

You'll take three modules:

How Teachers Learn

20 credits

Sets the scene, encouraging participants to think about how they learn, to reflect critically on different types of learning they have experienced across their personal and professional careers. It encourages the link between classroom pedagogies and pedagogies used for working with professionals, as such focusing in on the feedback loop between practitioners and students to support a metacognitive approach – closely related to the professional learning model. The assignment asks students to read around an area of interest, focusing on 3 representative articles, and to personally reflect on how these ideas influence their understanding of the theory and practice of teacher learning.

Contemporary Contexts for Teacher Learning and Teachers' Work

20 credits

Builds on module 1 by facilitating a lens for looking at these pedagogies and experiences of teacher learning that reflects current policy and wider international education agendas. We also focus on the local influencers around community and student voice and what it means to engage in and with research when inhabiting a professional learning space. Throughout the module, students are supported to engage critically with education policy and the processes by which it is created; they are encouraged to question new education reform agendas. The students complete an assignment in two parts, firstly a poster presentation in which they critically analyse one key policy that they find particularly relevant to their own learning and/or professional learning in their setting, followed by a written reflection on the core ideas within the poster, supported by reference to academic literature and policy documents. Students are encouraged to engage with each other’s posters and provide collaborative peer feedback, which can be used to inform the critical reflection.

Supporting Professional Learning in the Workplace

20 credits

Takes the issues and skills developed in modules 1 and 2 and asks the participants to generate their own practitioner enquiry question, sensitive to their own setting, to support colleagues’ professional learning. The type of professional learning is open to the participant, but they are assessed on their rationale and through a practitioner enquiry approach supported in evaluating its success. Reflection is based on perceived successes of colleagues’ learning as well as their own learning when engaging in supporting others’ learning.

Successful completion of all three modules gives GTCS Professional Recognition.

Contact Kate Wall for more details.

Educational Leadership (PG Cert)

Conceptions of Leadership

20 credits

Through study of this module, students will gain insight into the different ways in which leadership is understood and why this is the case.

Leadership for Learning

20 credits

This module will enable you to focus upon the relationship between leadership and learning and the role of leadership in furthering learning.

Leadership for Equity, Inclusion and Social

20 credits

This module will focus upon education for all, inclusive pedagogy, children’s rights and issues of equity and social justice as they pertain to education and the role of leadership in furthering these important ends.

You can also choose to study for a full Masters degree in Educational Leadership.

Contact Joanna Holmes for more details.

Developing Effective Practice in Youth Health Promotion

20 credits

The module is aimed at addressing the strategic objectives for health in Scotland and the key priorities of addictions, mental health, sexual health and promoting positive lifestyles. It will explore interventions, national campaigns and initiatives as well as looking at holistic approaches to promoting positive lifestyles and examine the evidence base and efficacy of different approaches. The course will focus on the life-course approach advocated and will be suitable for all school practitioners as well as key health or voluntary service staff with a role for youth health improvement.

Delivered between April–June on Tuesday evenings, with assessment completed in June.

Contact Monica Porciani for more details

You may opt to study any of these modules as part of your degree program subject to sufficient student numbers.

Instructional Design and Technology

20 credits

This class provides students with the main theoretical principles and educational practices underpinning instructional design with technology. The goals are to provide a foundation of knowledge and practical skills in the field of instructional design and to introduce different instructional design models with the support of digital technologies in a variety of learning contexts. Indicative subjects are: overview of instructional theories and design models, learning design, taxonomies of learning outcomes, technology-enhanced learning frameworks, technology integration models and frameworks. The class involves hands-on practical sessions. (Blended delivery).

Contact Stavros Nikou for more details.

Developing Effective Practice in Youth Health Promotion

20 credits

The module is aimed at addressing the strategic objectives for health in Scotland and the key priorities of addictions, mental health, sexual health and promoting positive lifestyles. It will explore interventions, national campaigns and initiatives as well as looking at holistic approaches to promoting positive lifestyles and examine the evidence base and efficacy of different approaches. The course will focus on the life-course approach advocated and will be suitable for all school practitioners as well as key health or voluntary service staff with a role for youth health improvement.

Delivered between April–June on Tuesday evenings, with assessment completed in June.

Contact Monica Porciani for more details.

Digital Media for Learning

20 credits

The class explores different forms of digital media for teaching and learning. Basic design and development aspects of digital resources will be discussed. The class provides a series of recommendations for identifying, using and re-using digital resources in educational activities. Indicative topics are: taxonomy of digital resources for learning (e.g. information display resources, practice resources, concept representation resources), educational technologies to support different teaching and learning strategies (e.g. drill and practice, inquiry-based learning, collaborative learning, virtual labs and simulations, educational games), technology integration frameworks, repositories of digital resources for learning. (Blended delivery)

Contact Stavros Nikou for more details.

Health and Wellbeing: Policy Practice and Pedagogy

In response to the policy framework and in line with the recommendations in the Donaldson Report and the McCormac Review, this class is positioned to support practitioners’ understanding on equality, diversity and health and to develop effective practice to support the wellbeing of children and young people. The overarching aim is to develop a greater understanding of the practice and principles of health improvement and develop a critical approach to health promotion theory, principles and current issues.

September – December on Tuesday evenings. Assessment completed in January.

Contact Monica Porciani for more details.

Independent Study 1

20 credits

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of work to produce a maximum 4000-word report, usually in the form of a literature review. The module is entirely driven by the student, with support from a member of the School of Education teaching staff. The equivalent of 4 hours of supervision is permitted, which can take any communication form (e.g. email, phone call, face to face) and includes time spent by the supervisor in reading plans (not drafts). Usually, the report produced is taken forward as the basis for the student’s dissertation, but the module can be taken as a standalone option.

Independent Study 3

40 credits

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of work to produce a maximum 6000-word report, usually in the form of an extended literature review, or literature review and proposed methodology for study. The module is entirely driven by the student, with support from a member of the School of Education teaching staff. The equivalent of 6 hours of supervision is permitted, which can take any communication form (e.g. email, phone call, face to face) and includes time spent by the supervisor in reading plans (not drafts). Usually, the report produced is taken forward as the basis for the student’s dissertation, but the module can be taken as a standalone option.

Contact Paul Adams for more details.

Independent Study 4

10 credits

This 20 credit module offers students the opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of work to produce a maximum 4000-word report, usually in the form of a literature review. The module is entirely driven by the student, with support from a member of the School of Education teaching staff. The equivalent of 4 hours of supervision is permitted, which can take any communication form (e.g. email, phone call, face to face) and includes time spent by the supervisor in reading plans (not drafts). Usually, the report produced is taken forward as the basis for the student’s dissertation, but the module can be taken as a standalone option.

Contact Paul Adams for more details.

Learning for Sustainability

This module engages teachers with the principles of Learning for Sustainability (LfS) which is the responsibility of all and requires knowledge of Sustainable Development Education, Outdoor Learning and Global Citizenship with the aim of developing a socially just, sustainable and equitable society.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals (United Nations Development Programme, 2016) and are a central focus in this module.

Focussing on sustainability in the broadest sense, values, children’s rights and internationalisation feature as you develop knowledge around areas of global significance and consider how you might work with these.

This module is taught through 3 Saturday sessions, one in the field, and two online evening sessions.

Contact Clare Mcallister for more details.

Research Methodologies and Reasoning

Educational research addresses a wide variety of issues including education systems, processes and practices. It covers lifelong learning; it is often policy related and political. It is generally identified with the research approaches of the social sciences and its methodological influences are many, including psychology, sociology and anthropology. This module will offer professionals working in education and related fields the opportunity to develop an understanding of the main research traditions or ‘paradigms’; the related methodological assumptions and approaches to research design; the literature review as a research tool; and the use of research to inform practice and policy. It is designed to provide support in developing a critical and informed understanding of research design in relation to the MEd or MSc dissertation project.

Contact Allan Blake for more details.

Student Thinking and Learning in Science

20 credits

Why is science so difficult to learn? How can teachers help pupils to learn science? This face to face module aims to provide practical approaches to answering these questions via the compulsory course book: Taber (2014) Student Thinking and Learning in Science, list price £40.99.

The module is suitable for teachers working in primary and secondary schools. The module is also suitable for beginning teachers in the Induction Year as part of a top-up to Masters level study.

Contact Morag Findlay for more details.

Teaching and Learning in STEM/STEAM

20 credits

STEM education is currently a Scottish Government priority. This module considers the role of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers. The module is delivered face to face and you will have the opportunity to consider the nature of teaching your specialist subject as well as the opportunity to work with colleagues on an interdisciplinary project looking for links between your subjects.

Contact Morag Findlay for more details.

Technology Enhanced Learning: Theory and Practice

20 credits

The class explores existing and emerging educational technologies. The aim is to engage students with digital technologies in teaching and learning, exploring contemporary academic literature and experiencing different technologies. Students are expected to: critically review technology-enhanced learning related literature, explore different learning technologies, create digital artefacts as part of their own learning and reflect on how digital technologies can be used for teaching, learning and assessment. Indicative topics are: linking learning educational theories and technologies, on-line learning, mobile and ubiquitous learning, social and open learning, virtual worlds, digital games, learning analytics. (Blended delivery).

Contact Stavros Nikou for more details.

Conceptions of Leadership

20 credits

Through study of this module, students will gain insight into the different ways in which leadership is understood and why this is the case.

Contact Joanna Holmes for more details.

Leadership for Learning

20 credits

This module will enable you to focus upon the relationship between leadership and learning and the role of leadership in furthering learning.

This module is not available unless you have successfully completed Conceptions of Leadership.

Contact Joanna Holmes for more details.

Leadership for Equity, Inclusion and Social

20 credits

This module will focus upon education for all, inclusive pedagogy, children’s rights and issues of equity and social justice as they pertain to education and the role of leadership in furthering these important ends.

This module is not available unless you have successfully completed Conceptions of Leadership.

Contact Joanna Holmes for more details.

Leadership for School Improvement

20 credits

This module will enable you to critique the concept of school improvement as it's portrayed within the policy context and to understand the role of leadership in furthering school improvement.

This module is not available unless you have successfully completed Conceptions of Leadership.

Contact Joanna Holmes for more details.

Contexts for Leadership

20 credits

In order to lead effectively at any level of the system it is imperative to have an understanding of the contexts in which leadership operates, to understand the drivers for change and the forces upon educational establishments and the implications arising from such for leadership. As such, this module will develop in students a deeper understanding of the contexts for leadership in which they operate and frame their understanding of themselves as leaders, including understandings of themselves as 'agents of change' rather than passive recipients of policy, taking account of cultural context. This will provide a sound rationale for future leaders who are expected to operate in local contexts but within global and national frames of reference.

This module is not available unless you have successfully completed Conceptions of Leadership.

Contact Joanna Holmes for more details.

Health & Wellbeing: Policy Practice & Pedagogy

20 credits

In response to the policy framework and in line with the recommendations in the Donaldson Report and the McCormac Review, this class is positioned to support practitioners’ understanding on equality, diversity and health and to develop effective practice to support the wellbeing of children and young people. The overarching aim is to develop a greater understanding of the practice and principles of health improvement and develop a critical approach to health promotion theory, principles and current issues.

September – December on Tuesday evenings. Assessment completed in January.

Contact Monica Porciani for more details.

Additional elective options
Action Research to Effect Change for Bilingual Learners (X3943 - 20 credits)

Contact Joanna McPake for more details.

Child-centred and Child-Focused Approaches to Practitioner Research (X9644 – 20 credits)

Contact Eleni Karagiannidou for more details.

Contemporary Contexts for Teacher Learning and Teachers' Work (X9798 – 20 credits)

Contact Kate Wall for more details.

How Teachers Learn (X9797 – 20 credits)

Contact Kate Wall for more details.

Inclusive Pedagogy (X9701 – 20 credits)

Contact Jane Catlin for more details

Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophical Practice (X3902 – 20 credits)

Contact Claire Cassidy for more details.

Philosophy with Children: Facilitation (X3903 – 20 credits)

Contact Claire Cassidy for more details. 

Philosophy with Children: Theory (X3901 – 20 credits)

Contact Claire Cassidy for more details.

Policy and Practice: Early Career Development (X3814 – 20 credits)

Contact Lee Coutts for more details.

Practice and Policies in Supporting Bilingual Learners (X3942 – 20 credits)

Contact Joanna McPake for more details.

Providing Effective Educational Support (X9744 – 20 credits)

Contact John Davis for more details.

Supporting Professional Learning in the Workplace (X9799 – 20 credits)

Contact Kate Wall for more details.

Theories and Policies in 2nd Language Acquisition and Bilingualism (X3941 – 20 credits)

Contact Joanna McPake for more details.

Understanding Inclusive Education (X9743 – 20 credits)

Contact Sharon Hunter for more details. 

Widening Participation from School to Higher Education (X9650 – 20 credits)

Contact Amanda Baldwin for more details

In order to gain a full Masters degree you must complete the following modules:

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.

Dissertation

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.

Back to course

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.

Back to course

Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are per 20 credit module unless stated otherwise.

 

Scotland/EU

£756 per 20 credit module

Rest of UK

£756 per 20 credit module

International

£1,700 per 20 credit module

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my course?

Go back

Scholarship search

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

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Find out what some of our students think about studying in Glasgow!

Find out all about life in Glasgow
Back to course

Apply

Education Studies

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

Back to course

Contact us

Register your interest and find out more about the programme

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our team are working from home and can be contacted via our online enquiry form.

Have you considered?

We've a range of postgraduate taught and Masters courses similar to this one which may also be of interest.