Educational Studies (MEd) (Taught) University of Glasgow


This programme is designed to deepen your understanding of education so that you can critically analyse education practice, provisions and policy in your own current or future professional context. They support you in interrogating research literature and in undertaking educational research in your own areas of study.

This programmes offers you the opportunity to explore different perspectives and aspects of education through a variety of optional courses.
The programme is for you if you are a qualified teacher looking to extend and enhance your professional career. You will be given the opportunity of focusing on your own professional contexts and practices.
The programme offers an opportunity for the advanced study of education within a broad framework of courses. The scope is broad, representing important and influential educational ideas from a range of disciplines.

The programme will support your career development as a class teacher, lecturer, policy developer, special education professional, head teacher, education administrator or researcher.

  • Qualification


  • Study mode


  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    12 months

Course details


You will take three core and three optional courses. Courses contribute to your development of research understanding and skills that then support you in conducting your own research based dissertation. You can select areas for professional development from optional courses.

Core courses

Introduction to educational and social research
Modern educational thought
Seminar on contemporary issues.
Optional courses may include

Advanced educational research
Conceptual frameworks in contemporary religious education
Curriculum development in adult education
Curriculum leadership in Catholic religious education
Developing literacy
Economics for education
Education and international development
Educational approaches to community learning and development
Empowerment and social change
Higher education as a field of research, policy and practice
Highly able learners
Identities, relationships & behaviours
Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies
International & comparative education
International issues in adult education
Perspectives of youth & young adulthood
The evolving concept of inclusion
The learner & the curriculum
The psychology of adult learning
Working with youth: Education and learning for change.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Assessment method


Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification and professional teacher training in education or a related profession, eg social work, nursery nursing, clinical nursing. (Recognition is also given for professional experience with extra weighting given to experience in a promoted post)

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

overall score 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
Reading: 20
Listening: 19
Speaking: 19
Writing: 23
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
BALEAP guide to accredited courses

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £2,889 Year 1
International £17,900 Year 1
England £2,889 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2,889 Year 1
Scotland £2,889 Year 1
Wales £2,889 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only Additional fees Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315 Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250 Registration/exam only fee: £150 General Council fee: £50

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