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The MSc Education (with pathways) aims to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals with the capacity to function at an advanced level and lead enhancement projects within educational workplaces/environments. This Masters' course enables you to build on your existing knowledge and skills and to develop both academically, personally and professionally preparing you for and designed to give you the edge in your career.

The MSc Education has a strong international dimension with focus on relevant global developments in education. All modules have been designed to be comparative in nature and seek to prepare graduates for professional roles in an increasingly global world.

The course will provide you with many opportunities to share practice and insights relating to the local, national and international education systems of which you may have experience in.


MSc Pathways

The course allows for the following bracketed awards (pathways):

  • MSc Education (Early Years)
  • MSc Education (Inclusion)
  • MSc Education (Leadership)

Students can also exit with a non-pathway specific award (MSc Education).

MSc Education - Generic Award

The generic pathway allows students to choose modules from across pathways in order to tailor their studies to their professional interests and needs, and with a view to gaining a broad knowledge base and understanding of education. The generic pathway will give students the opportunity to study both theoretical and applied content at an advanced level and to use the acquired knowledge, understanding and skills to engage critically, creatively and independently with contemporary educational issues and debates.

MSc Education (Early Years)

This pathway develops students’ knowledge, understanding and critical engagement with key issues, trends, processes and developments in early years. The pathway is closely aligned to current national and international policies focusing on tackling inequality, raising attainment and reducing poverty through supporting and involving families, and early years intervention and improvement. These approaches are core to this qualification which is primarily aimed at professionals working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in its widest definition (school and early learning and childcare settings, health and social work) who are addressing these agendas and supporting their own and others’ development. This pathway is founded on the premise that the development of highly qualified and knowledgeable practitioners is instrumental in setting the foundations for future learning through high quality early years pedagogy and practice.

MSc Education (Inclusion)

This pathway provides students with an opportunity to explore current issues and developments in the area of inclusive education in a global context. Adopting a comparative approach to both policy and practice, it explores the nature and history of inclusive education and considers concepts, issues and debates that have been instrumental in its development. The inclusion pathway is aligned with the UNESCO mission statement for inclusion and takes inclusive education to operate within the equality and human rights legislative context, aiming to remove barriers to learning and participation, and to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage for whatever reason. With increasing diversity in society being reflected in the classroom, where children and young people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities and needs learn together, it is becoming progressively more important that teachers and other professionals working in mainstream schools or other inclusive educational settings develop appropriate responses to diversity. The programme will support and enable students as they strive to provide accessible, relevant and inclusive learning experiences for all learners in their schools.

MSc Education (Leadership)

Current national and international priorities recognise that effective school leaders play a key role in improving outcomes through the way in which they influence the motivations and capacities of teachers and the wider school team. In response to numerous reports over the last fifteen years which recognise the transformational impact school leaders can have on student outcomes, it has become clear that effective professional development of school leaders is key to achieving this. This pathway addresses this need in supporting and enabling students to enhance their professional practice in, and understanding of, current developments in the area of leadership in education. In doing so it explores the knowledge, skills, qualities and values of effective leadership in action.

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 have a teaching qualification, or Early Years equivalent qualification, or a first degree in the broad area of education or a first degree in another discipline but with substantial content relating to education.

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 (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, 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 score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

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*: 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).

Course Details

This MSc will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to take positions of responsibility within their workplace. In addition, the programme will provide students with a solid foundation from which to venture into doctoral study, if they wish.

This MSc has a strong international dimension with focus on relevant global developments in education. All modules are comparative in nature.

Stage 1 - PgCert

Stage 2 - PgDip

Stage 3 - Masters' Dissertation

Course Structure

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Career Prospects

Studying MSc Education in the UWS School of Education, one of the highest ranking education departments in the UK (2nd out of 82 in the 2019 Good University Guide) can open doors to a wide range of professional opportunities including leadership roles, curriculum and policy development, consultation, and research.

The array of career options available to graduates makes the UWS MSc Education an excellent degree choice and great investment.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete the MSc Education will have a solid foundation from which to continue with research in education (MRes, MPhil, PhD or DProf).

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£5,500 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£5,500 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£10,600 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

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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