This programme 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. This Educational Studies programme is designed to meet these diverse needs by offering students the opportunity to select modules from a wide range of topics including learning and teaching, assessment, educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.
The programme offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current research on these topics. 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.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 4 pm.
Educational Studies Highlights
Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014).
Internationally Renowned Experts
The core discipline of Education at Queen’s is one of the leading areas for educational research in the UK and Ireland.
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 master's-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.
This programme is delivered via blended learning (a mixture of face-to-face and online learning).
Flexible exit qualifications (PgCert, PgDip) are available and individual course modules can also be taken as short courses.
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 master's module as a short course. If you would like to apply for a short course, please contact the Education Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice.
List of Indicative Programme Modules
Modules* (20 CATS points):
An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
Behaviour Change and Education
This module covers “Philosophical Underpinnings” (30 hours) and “Personnel Supervision and Management” (30 hours)
Curriculum: Theory, Policy and Practice
Education, the Law and Children's Rights
E-learning: Concepts and Practice
Reflective Practice and Action Research (10 CATS points)
Students must choose 120 CATS points from the modules listed above or any other modules from the MEd/MSc programmes offered by the School.
Modules on the Educational Leadership and Inclusion and Special Needs Education pathways may be of interest, e.g.
Digital Literacy and Communication
Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
Leadership for Change
Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
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
* These modules are subject to change.
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 education, training or relevant context.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 4 pm.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check with us the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
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.
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 the English language for visa purposes.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: 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.
Northern Ireland (NI) 1: £6,450
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2: £6,450
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1: £7,250
EU Other 3: £17,700
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22 and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.