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Overview

Our MEd Education Studies is offered as a one-year full time face-to-face programme, taught over three trimesters. Intended for international students, it aims to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled practitioners with the capacity to function at an advanced level and lead enhancement projects within their workplace.

The course will enable you to build on existing knowledge and skills and to develop both academically, personally and professionally and prepare you to take positions of responsibility within your workplace.

The MEd has a strong international dimension with focus on relevant global developments in education and provides you with many opportunities to share practice and insights relating to the education systems of which you have experience.

You can exit with a generic award of MEd Education Studies or you can complete one of the specialisms available (see below for full details of each specialism):

  • MEd Education Studies (Early Years)
  • MEd Education Studies (Inclusion)
  • MEd Education Studies (Leadership)

Specialisms

MEd Education Studies

This pathway is intended for teachers and other professionals working with learners in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as practitioners working within other educational and training contexts. It is intended for professionals who wish to undertake modules across the named specialisms.

MEd Education Studies (Early Years)

This specialism is intended for teachers, senior leaders and other professionals working with learners in education or supporting colleagues in educational contexts. It will support professionals to develop applied knowledge and expertise in education in an Early Years context.

MEd Education Studies (Inclusion)

This specialism is intended for teachers and professionals who teach or support learning in mainstream schools or inclusive educational settings.

It will support professionals to develop applied knowledge and expertise in effective inclusive educational practices.

MEd Education Studies (Leadership)

This specialism is intended for teachers and other professionals working with learners in early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as practitioners working within other educational contexts.

It is intended for leaders and aspiring leaders who are interested in developing their understanding of working with teams and leading fellow professionals.

It will enhance professional practice in, and understanding of, current developments in the area of educational leadership.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You must satisfy one of the following criterion:

  • Possess a teaching qualification or early years equivalent
  • Possess a first (bachelor's) degree in the broad area of education
  • Possess a first (bachelor's) degree in another discipline but with substantial content relating to education
  • Have relevant work or professional experience or completion of an appropriate programme of study for which prior knowledge and skills have provided an appropriate foundation, including a compulsory element of independent work

Graduates of the UWS PGDE Primary or Secondary who gained SCQF Level 11 credits in the course of their PGDE will be able to enter the programme with advanced standing.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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

  • 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
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

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This Master of Education framework is focused on preparing students to make a difference in their professional educational/training setting and beyond. Teaching and learning is underpinned by cutting edge research, informed by a national and global perspective.

Course details

This version of the MEd Education Studies is delivered over three trimesters on a one year, full-time basis. 

There are three distinct exit stages: Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert - (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip - (additional 60 credits), and MEd (additional 60 credits).

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

You will study one core and two optional modules, which you will select based on your specialism and interests, to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

The PgCert comprises the following core module:

  • Critical Issues across Education (core, 20 credits)

For optional modules, see choices in PgDip, below.

After successfully completing the PgCert, you will proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

The PgDip comprises one further core module and two optional modules.

The PgDip comprises the following core module:

  • Educational Research (core, 20 credits)

The following list of optional modules are available across the PgCert and PgDip stages:

  • Inclusive Practice (optional, 20 credits)
  • Participation and Children’s Rights (optional, 20 credits)
  • Early Years’ Pedagogy (optional, 20 credits)
  • Leadership – Vision and Values (optional, 20 credits)
  • Working with Teams (optional, 20 credits)

Master of Education (MEd)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the Masters module:

  • Masters Dissertation (60 credits)

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MEd Education Studies Course Structure

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Jobs

Most of our MEd students are already in professional employment in an education or training context.

For these students, these qualifications offer an opportunity for further professional development opportunities that will enhance a CV and underpin opportunities for promotion or broadening of employment opportunities.

There are also opportunities for graduates to commence PhD research.

Tuition Fees

Module Fee: Online version 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

£6,500 Cost of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£10,765 Cost of study

Republic of Ireland

£10,765 Cost of study

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost of study

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Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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With cutting edge facilities, specialist knowledge and world-leading and internationally excellent expertise, we aim to develop research outputs that have a tangible, early and positive impact on society across the globe.

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