School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Postgraduate Taught Programmes

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

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

EDucation Programmes

Applied Behaviour Analysis

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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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.

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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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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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Teacher Education: PGCE and PGCHET

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International PGCE

encompassing online teaching and learning with school experience

The International PGCE programme aims to enable students to develop the understanding, abilities and competencies needed to teach in schools around the world.

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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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HEalth and Social Care Programmes

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme


Cognitive Behavioural Practice

Postgraduate Certificate

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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

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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Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law


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Social Work for Children, Young Peop


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Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders


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Systemic Practice and Family Therapy


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Systemic Psychotherapy


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Sociology Programmes

Social Science Research

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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Youth Justice

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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Postgraduate Study


Are you interested in doctoral study in the school of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work?

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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.

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

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The Graduate School

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