MSc Education Studies


Program Description


Why this course?

The MSc in Education Studies is suitable for anyone looking to pursue full-time study in this area. We are open to applications from international students.

The MSc Education Studies provides a basis for understanding education policy and allows you to tailor your studies from a range of elective specialist classes. This course is ideal for those who want to complete their studies within a year.

The MSc Education Studies provides a critical understanding of education. It is not a teaching qualification, yet, a Masters level study of education can enhance students’ academic and professional understanding of education in ways that can enhance practice and career opportunities in the broader field of education.

The course enables you to develop skills to study at Masters level, develop a sophisticated and critical understanding of the concept of policy relating to education, extend your interest and understanding of learning and engage in a range of other, education-related areas.

You’ll study

You’ll study four core classes and two elective classes. You’ll also undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This allows international students to complete their studies in their home country, potentially reducing the financial cost and time away from your family.

Course Content

Compulsory classes

  • Critical Reading & Writing
  • Understanding Education Policy
  • Frameworks for Understanding Learning
  • Research Methods & Reasoning

Elective classes

You'll choose two classes from the following specialist areas. Your Advisor of Studies will help to guide you in your choices.

  • Curricular Studies
  • Early Years Pedagogy
  • Inclusion
  • Policy & Management
  • Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability
  • Philosophy with Children
  • Dissertation

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through a range of student and staff-led research seminars that you’ll participate in.


The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

Entry requirements

  • degree or relevant professional qualification
  • or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you're from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £4,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,000


  • £13,500


"I chose Strathclyde because I wanted an international qualification. I’ve developed skills in seminar presentation and online activity which I hope will help me secure a promotion or a research degree. It was a big challenge to study again after a break and in a new country, however, the support I’ve received from tutors and fellow classmates has been extremely helpful and made the time pass quickly". Shabana Nadeem

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences enjoys an excellent reputation across a wide spectrum of disciplines. We aspire to generate new ideas, knowledge and skills to increase our understandin ... Read More

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences enjoys an excellent reputation across a wide spectrum of disciplines. We aspire to generate new ideas, knowledge and skills to increase our understanding of the world and strive to make a significant contribution to the economy, society and culture of Scotland and beyond. With one of Scotland’s top law schools, and as the country’s largest provider to teacher education, we also have significant expertise in developing the professional practice needed to equip modern societies at all levels. Read less