Postgraduate Taught

We offer a range of postgraduate courses from initial teacher training and higher education teacher training through to Master's and Doctorate programmes.

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Graduate Programmes

The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work offers a range of degree courses at postgraduate level, including research degrees.

Application for all postgraduate programmes is through the University. For general information about Queen's, see the prospectus and course finder. For all queries regarding any of the School's postgraduate degree programmes, please send an email to

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International Scholarships

Queen's offers a wide range of international scholarships .

Further information, including the online application form, may be found using the link below.

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Find out more about our courses

Further information on all our Postgraduate programmes can be found by scrolling down the page. A full list of our courses is outlined below:

Teacher Education: PGCE and PGCHET

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Initial Teacher Education

The PGCE trains graduates to teach across the 11-18+ year age range in key subject areas. It is offered full-time over one calendar year.

You will gain a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS). The programme combines university-based tuition with professional placements in post-primary schools.

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Higher Education Teaching

The PGCHET is primarily aimed at new academic staff on probation, providing a formal qualification in teaching and learning in higher education.

On successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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Higher Education

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Higher Education (MSc)

The MSc in Higher Education is designed to proactively address the diverse challenges facing higher education, for its long term prosperity.

This comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum recognises that the roles played by higher education in society, and by individuals within higher education institutions, are best served by engaging with education as the key to transformation, access, and quality of higher education in this digital age.

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Modular Masters in Education

Providing a challenging environment of critical reflection and high quality professional development in a number of areas, our Education degrees are designed with the professional in mind, with a mix of teaching, skills-based training and research. Modules are taught either in the evenings, at weekends or online and may be studied as standalone short courses. Exit awards (Cert,Dip) are available.

Education MEd/MSc Degrees

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Educational Studies

Educational Studies meets the diverse needs of teachers and educational professionals opportunities by offering a number of core modules as well as the opportunity to select optional modules from a wide range of topics including: ASD, educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.

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Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership programme is designed to provide leadership development for people who work in all manner of roles in the educational system: classroom teachers, formal school leaders, local authority personnel, policymakers, and any individual with a direct interest in the primary and post-primary school sectors.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Master's in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors, as well as individuals affected by ASD, and is designed to facilitate the professional development of teachers and other related professionals who work, or wish to work, in this area.

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Inclusion and Special Needs Education

This professionally based degree is unique not only because of the disciplinary approaches it employs, but also because students study and apply an approach to wellbeing that has been developed by leading thinkers. You will apply what you have learned to your professional practice whether you are a classroom assistant, SENCO or university lecturer.

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MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

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MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

The Diploma/Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a highly interactive blended learning programme providing professionals from a wide range of backgrounds with scientifically validated expertise that is applicable to mainstream and special needs education, inclusion, curriculum, learning, and pedagogy.

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MSc Children's Rights

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Improving Outcomes for Children

MSc Children's Rights

The aim of the MSc in Children's Rights is to provide high-level knowledge and skills in children's rights law and practice of value to those working with and for children, including public officials and NGOs as well as educators, social workers and health care providers. Exit awards (Cert, Dip) are available.

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Devise and teach effective English Language courses

This is a professionally-oriented higher degree aimed at graduates who intend to follow a career in English Language Teaching (ELT) and teachers who wish to extend and develop their knowledge of teaching English language learners. Exit awards (Cert,Dip) are available.

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MSc Applied Social Studies

The Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Applied Social Studies is an overarching postgraduate programme targeted at persons working in the caring professions who wish to continue their professional development and attain further qualifications. On your application please specify which pathway you are interested in under the 'Additional Information' heading. Within the programme there are five pathways that will be delivered in conjunction with agency partners.



Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Applied Social Studies

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Mental Health

Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Applied Social Studies

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Dual Diagnosis

Postgraduate Certificate

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Strategy and Leadership

Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Applied Social Studies

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme


Cognitive Behavioural Practice

Postgraduate Certificate

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Postgraduate Diploma

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MSc Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma)

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma) provides both clinical and research skills training to promote evidence-based practice in mental health care.

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Systemic Practice and Family Therapy


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Systemic Psychotherapy


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Masters in Social Science Research (MRes)

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Masters in Social Science Research (MRes)

The Masters in Social Science Research (also available as Diploma) provides practical, career-orientated training in research design, data collection and data analysis skills relating to both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry.

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MSc Youth Justice

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MSc Youth Justice

The Master's in Youth Justice has been designed for those who want to advance their understanding of youth issues, youth offending and social and criminal justice responses to young people. It is focused on developing critical analytical skills and enhancing the ability to assess policy and practice against international standards and benchmarks.

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Professional Doctorates - a structured alternative route to a Doctorate

Professional Doctorates provide an alternative route to a doctorate for mid-career/senior professionals in mainstream education, English language education and related disciplines.

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Doctorate in Childhood Studies

This Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild) aims to enable experienced professionals working with children and/or young people to build upon professional expertise by developing skills in research, evaluation and evidence-informed practice.

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Doctorate in Education

This Professional Doctorate (EdD) provides an alternative route to the current PhD for mid-career and senior professionals in mainstream education and related disciplines in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Professional Doctorates

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The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, provides an alternative route to the PhD for mid-career and senior professionals in English language education and related disciplines.

Professional Doctorates

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

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We offer a limited number of scholarships for some of our courses.

Further information can be found on the Scholarships page.

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International Scholarships

Queen's University Belfast offers a full range of international scholarships available for full-time postgraduate courses commencing in September 2017.

Further details on these scholarships, including online application form, may be found here.

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