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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 are open to applications from international students.

In addition to core modules designed to give you a solid foundation for understanding educational processes you will have the flexibility to choose from an exciting range of specialist classes to satisfy your personal and professional needs. Strathclyde’s School of Education is the leading provider of teacher education in Scotland.

The MSc Education Studies provides a critical understanding of education. It is not a teaching qualification, yet, a 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.

Building on the School of Education’s research strengths you will have the opportunity to explore topics across a range of themes including Language Learning, Literacy, Technology, Leadership and Inclusive Education. International students completing this degree will further benefit from gaining an insight into the UK educational system.

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. Your electives will come from five themes:

  • Language Learning
  • Literacy
  • Technology
  • Leadership
  • Inclusive Education

Semester 1

Core modules:
  • Thinking About Education
  • Research Methods and Reasoning
Elective modules (choose 1):
  • Supporting Literacy Development
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Concepts of Leadership
  • Understanding Inclusive Education
  • Conceptions of Leadership
  • Understanding Inclusive Education

Semester 2

Core modules:
  • Globalisation, Society & Education Policy
  • Frameworks for Understanding Learning
Elective modules (choose 1):
  • Creativity, Literacies & Social-emotional Development
  • Curriculum Design & Innovation with Technology
  • Leadership for Learning
  • Providing Effective Educational Support

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Course content

Semester one

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
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.

Optional modules

One elective from a choice of:

Language Learning in a Multilingual World

This module is suitable for teachers of English or other languages and for those interested in how languages are learnt. This module explores:

  • why the ability to learn languages effectively is important in today’s multilingual world
  • key factors associated with successful language learning in and out of the classroom
  • similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition
  • the language learner’s journey: psychological, social and cultural dimensions influencing progress from beginner to advanced level competence
  • learners’ needs, aspirations and autonomy in language learning
  • learning global, local or endangered languages: similarities and differences
  • from language learner to language user: becoming bilingual
  • the plurilingual repertoire: learning and using languages for communication and learning
Supporting Literacy Development
This module enables you to develop your professional skills in coaching children to become fluent readers and writers and so improve your understanding of the role of cultural scripts, identity and cognition in literacy development. It supports you to explore the complexity of recent research as it relates to assessment, classroom pedagogy and curriculum theory.
Technology Enhanced Learning: Theory & Practice

This class will explore contemporary TEL related topics relevant to national and global educational debates in order to prepare learners to better harness the educational demands of the digital age. The class will take a hands-on approach and provide learners with opportunities to explore and apply theory to practice in order to develop skills and knowledge that can potentially feed into their research and professional activity.

This class is suitable for learners wishing to familiarise themselves with educational technology and/or wanting to make links between their practical knowledge and theory. Only basic IT skills are required (minimum requirement: ability to use an Internet browser and an email account

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.
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.
Taking Action: Child, Family And Community Efficacy

An increasing number of Scottish Government documents have placed working with parents as central to children’s care and education. Getting this right not only impacts on forming relationships with families to provide consistency in children’s lives, but parental involvement can have an impact upon children’s attainment and participation in education.

The shaping of current childhood is strongly influenced by the UNCRC with potential tensions between child protection and empowerment or efficacy as exemplified in ‘a risk-averse society’.

This module asks students to critically analyse perceptions around childhood including changing historical perceptions in light of the aforementioned policy areas.

Semester 2

Core modules

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.

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.

Optional modules

One elective from a choice of:

Contemporary issues in language teaching

This class offers students the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of key issues related to second and foreign language education. It explores common language teaching methodologies, and considers various approaches to teaching language skills. The class has a particular focus on digital technology and sociocultural theory on the field of language education.

Creativity, Literacies & Social-emotional Development

This module is designed to enable you to discover the cultural and cognitive importance of narrative and story. It enables you to understand why engagement with literature produces long-term social benefits.

In the module you will explore research into how professionals can use creative approaches and communal experiences of language, literature and social media to promote emotional well-being.

Curriculum Innovation with Technology: Designing for Context

This class is designed to provide students with the main theoretical principles underpinning learning design with technology. By doing so, this class will focus on concepts such as responsive and flexible curriculum design, designing for authentic learning and authentic assessment, new forms of accreditation, and the combination of elements from the digital culture and learning design.

The class will take both a dialogical and hands-on approach to teaching and learning in order to enable learners to learn and engage in learning design activities whilst making use of the latest web technologies.

This class aims to make explicit links between theory and practice in order to promote critical and reflective thinking and encourage the development of applied knowledge. This class is suitable for learners interested in exploring the potential of the social and participatory web in deigning lifelong and life-wide leaning approaches.

Only basic IT skills are required (minimum requirement: ability to use an Internet browser and an email account) and the will to actively engage in the “challenges” proposed by and for this class.

Leadership for Learning
This module explores the relationship between leadership and learning and how effective leadership at all levels of an organisation can promote high-quality learning. It is suitable for students at all stages of their careers.
Providing Effective Educational Support

This class provides a framework that allows analysis and evaluation of the experience of the learner, of professional practice, provision and policy.

Areas to be addressed may include:


  • theories of learning, teaching and the curriculum
  • consideration of the implications of the above for classroom experiences
  • strategies for observation and assessment of aspects of the learning environment
  • looking at the potential barriers in relation to learning and how to overcome them in order to support the needs of learners


Listening to Children & Hearing their Voices

This module focuses on five key themes: 

  • Pedagogical approaches and related theories
  • Observations and conversations with children about thinking and learning
  • The value of play and play-based approaches
  • Child engagement and deep level learning
  • The responsive curriculum

Across the whole year


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.

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

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.

Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.



  • £6,250

Rest of UK

  • £6,250


  • £14,050

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.


Through completion of this Masters level degree you will enhance your academic and professional understanding allowing for career opportunities in the broader field of education.

Career opportunities may include; head teacher, lecturer, educational policy developer, special education professional, education administrator or researcher.

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Education Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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