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Educational Studies

Overview
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 a number of core modules as well as the opportunity to select optional modules from a wide range of topics including: educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.

The programme offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current research on learning and teaching, assessment and curriculum design. 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.

Entry requirements

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 an education, training or relevant context.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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 English language for visa purposes. 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.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please view the links below for more information:
•English for University Study - 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.

Duration

1 year full-time or 3 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Evening Only.

The majority of sessions are in the evenings. Attendance at weekend workshops is occasionally required. In some modules there is an online taught element.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
Graduates from this degree have found the skills and knowledge learned to be beneficial in their workplace by improving their professional practice. In the case of teachers this has meant the development of research-informed practice and the ability to lead professional development within their schools.

Furthermore, a higher degree can enhance employment prospects to help secure future promotion. Having deepened their knowledge in a specific area, other students have chosen to continue academic study to doctoral level.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr. James Nelson
Programme Director
Email: J.Nelson@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Course Details
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
• Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
• Curriculum Theory and Policy
• Digital Literacy and Communication
• Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
• Leadership for Change
• Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
• Reflective Practice and Action Research (10 CATS points)
• 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.

Comment

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.

Student Experience
• 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.
• Flexibility 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.

Assessment method

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework. Modules with an online element use a variety of assessment methods, eg multiple choice exam and contributions to an online forum.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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