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MScEducation Studies

Why this course?

The MSc in Education Studies is suitable for anyone looking to pursue full-time study in this area. We're open to applications from international students.

Education Studies is a discipline in its own right. While it also draws on insights from different disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, political studies and international relations, economics and business studies, it entertains a very specific perspective on the world.

In education studies, we're mainly interested in the ways, personal growth and (trans)formation can be individually and socially initiated, guided, and supported. Those educational processes are, of course, not restricted to contexts of formal education, e.g. schooling, but can be perceived everywhere in modern cultures.

The masters course in Education Studies aspires to introduce the most important questions and problems by which the discipline of education studies is characterised, and to the methodologies and methods that are used within education studies to answer those questions. In addition to the core modules designed to give you a solid foundation for understanding educational processes you'll have the flexibility to choose a module from an exciting range of specialist classes to satisfy your personal and professional needs.

You'll study

You'll study six core classes and one elective class. You'll also undertake a dissertation in a topic of your choosing. Your elective module will come from one of the research themes of the school:

  • Equality and Achievement
  • Educational and Social Practices in Curricular Subjects
  • Methodologies for Change
  • Languages and Education
  • Teachers, Practitioner Inquiry and Professional Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Additional Support Needs and Autism
  • Rights, Citizenship & Dialogue
  • Education, Philosophy & Culture

Core modules:

  • Thinking About Education
  • Frameworks for Understanding Learning
  • Research Methods and Reasoning
  • Globalisation, Society & Education Policy
  • Dissertation

Elective module (for example):

  • Literacy for Subject Disciplines in School
  • Health & Wellbeing: Policy Practice & Pedagogy
  • Understanding Inclusive Education
  • Conceptions of Leadership
  • Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophical Practice
  • Children’s Literature and Literary Theory
  • Child-centred and Child-Focused Approaches to Practitioner Research
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Student Thinking and Learning in Science
  • Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Education
  • Theories and Policies in 2nd Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
  • Developing Effective Practice in Youth Health Promotion
  • Policy and Practice: Early Career Development
  • Practice and Policies in Supporting Bilingual Learners

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Course content

Core modules

Thinking about education

The module aims to enable students to reflect in a historically informed, deeply systematic philosophical way about the phenomenon, the theory and the practice of education.

It establishes the foundation of a conscious and reflected practice of educating and teaching as well as a basis for serious and far-reaching academic research within the field of Education Studies. Topics include:

  • Education Studies as discipline
  • Education and Education Studies
  • The Student
  • The Educator/ Teacher
  • The Act of Educating/ Teaching
  • The Object of Education/ Teaching
  • Education Theory in Context
  • Issues in Contemporary Education
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.

Globalisation, Society & Education Policy

In this module you will be introduced to globalisation and the ways in which this impacts on the policy making process. You will be encouraged to develop a critical stance towards the ways in which policy is constructed, enacted and formed, and you will be given the opportunity to examine a arrange of readings on policy and the political process.

This module will enable you to examine social and educational policy for its impacts on the learner and teacher and the ways in which such impacts are part of the global web.


In this module you will be individually supported to write a 12,000 to 15,000-word dissertation on a negotiated topic. You'll be given tutorial support throughout the year.

This module builds on research methods and reasoning and forms a core part of your experience with us.

The dissertation will enable you to carry out a detailed study focussed upon an area of specific interest. It can either take the form of a literature-based study or an empirical study. If an empirical study, you might be able to gain access to an educational establishment to carry out your study subject to gaining ethical approval from the University of Strathclyde and undertaking disclosure procedures which are required by the Scottish Government if requiring access to a school.

Optional modules

One elective from a choice of:

Understanding Inclusive Education

This class is designed for those who teach, or who might in the future teach children or young people with additional support needs. It focuses on:

  • return to study as an adult learner
  • historical development of provision for additional support needs and inclusion and on the ideas underlying patterns of provision
  • concepts of inclusion, additional support for learning and of educational support
  • effective provision for additional support needs and inclusion within the new legislative framework.
Conceptions of Leadership
Through study of this module, students will gain insight into the different ways in which leadership is understood and why this is the case.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through a range of student and staff-led research seminars that you’ll participate in.


You'll be assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

You'll be individually supported to write a 12,000 to 15,000-word dissertation on a negotiated topic of interest.

Entry requirements

  • degree or relevant professional qualification
  • or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study

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.

Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.



  • £6,500

Rest of UK

  • £6,500


  • £14,650

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 and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Please note

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


The MSc Education Studies is designed for people who wish to explore a diverse range of issues and perspectives that make up education. The course prepares for professional careers which are dependent on a thorough and critical understanding of educational processes in their cultural context and the ways in which they contribute to the formation of the individual person.

As such, it addresses educational and formational processes not only with regard to formal education, i.e. schooling, but is concerned with all forms of education, that is: with all processes where the learning and (trans)formation of a person is initiated, guided, or supported.

The degree is not a teaching qualification but can enhance career opportunities in the broader field of education. It supports careers in all cultural fields where people are engaged in learning and are aspiring to some sort of personal transformation, e.g.:

  • museums
  • galleries
  • the arts
  • publishing houses
  • youth work
  • sports clubs
  • all institutions involved with professional learning and training

Academic careers

In addition to those careers, a degree in MSc Education Studies can be regarded as part of an academic career. As such, it prepares students for a doctoral study (PhD or EdD) in Education Studies or a related field, or for a participation in research projects which focus upon education in the broadest sense.

It could also be understood as a preparatory course for entering the teaching profession. In this case, the masters course needs to be followed by a PGDE degree (for Scotland) or an equivalent degree from other countries.

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Education Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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