Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
* This course has now closed for 2017 entry. To register your interest in the 2018 course please email email@example.com
The MEd in Educational Studies offers teachers and educational professionals opportunities to learn across a range of areas within the broad field of education. Education professionals in the twenty-first century are expected to have strong knowledge and skills in core areas as well as an ability to move flexibly in and out of a variety of specialist areas. The Educational Studies pathway is designed to meet these diverse needs by offering a number of core modules as well as the opportunity to select optional modules from a wide range of topics including: educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.
The programme offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current research on learning and teaching, assessment and curriculum design. In addition, students are encouraged to consider and reflect on the practical implications of theoretical perspectives and research findings. The MEd in Educational Studies is open to teachers in primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level institutions as well as to professionals in other fields of education.
On completion of the modules students will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad-based knowledge and understanding of educational research, policy, practice and theory covered by the modules of their choice
- analyse and critically apply examples of the research literature in the chosen modules (and, where appropriate, skills)
- reflect critically on their own personal practice
Research strengths: The core discipline of Education at Queen’s is one of the leading areas for educational research in the UK and Ireland and our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87 per cent of the research undertaken within this subject assessed as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' (REF, 2014).
Choice: The diversity of topics is particularly appreciated by students who want to learn across a range of topics, rather than focusing on one specialist subject.
Credit transfer: students who have completed other Masters-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years are eligible to credit transfer. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online programme application as retrospective applications are not accepted.
Flexibility: This programme is delivered via blended learning (a mixture of face-to-face and online learning).
Did you know?
The School of Education
has been ranked 4th within the UK
in relation to research intensity with 87%
assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (3 years) basis. Individual modules may be studied as a short course. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.
The MEd is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a 15,000 - 20,000 word research dissertation (60 CATS points).
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
We've made it easy to study for a masters module as a short course. If you would like to apply for a short course, please contact the Education Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org details below) for advice.
Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.
List of Indicative Programme Modules
Modules offered in 2017-18 (subject to change):
- An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
- Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
- Curriculum Theory and Policy
- Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
- Behaviour Change and Education
- Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
- Leadership for Change
- Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
- Reflective Practice and Action Research
- Reimagining Special Needs Education: Inclusive Pedagogy
- School Effectiveness and School Improvement
- Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity
- The Intellectual Foundations of Special Education
- Understanding Adults with ASD
- Understanding Children with ASD
Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
Varies, depending on module choice and study mode (full-time/part-time).
Assessment & Feedback
There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework. Modules with an online element use a variety of assessment methods, eg multiple choice exam and contributions to an online forum.
Learning and Teaching
The majority of sessions are in the evenings. Attendance at weekend workshops is occasionally required. In some modules there is an online taught element.
A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.
Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.
Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme was Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Tel: 028 9097 5923
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Graduates from this degree have fount the skills and knowledge learned to be beneficial in their workplace by improving their professional practice. In the case of teachers this has meant the development of research-informed practice and the ability to lead professional development within their schools.
Furthermore, a higher degree can enhance employment prospectsfor help secure future promotion. Having deepened their knowledge in a specific area, other students have chosen to continue academic study to doctoral level. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits.
Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Normally self-funded, although the School may offer a limited number of scholarships. For any available funding please see the Scholarships page on the School website.
For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website
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