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Educational Studies

Overview
The MEd in Educational Studies 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. The Educational Studies pathway 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. Individual modules may be studied as a short course.

Learning and Teaching
Evening Only.

The majority of sessions are in the evenings. Attendance at weekend workshops is occasionally required.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates from this degree have found it beneficial in their workplace by improving their professional practice and prospects for future promotion.

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 alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Gillian Beavis
School of Education
Tel: 9097 5923
Email: g.beavis@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/edu

Subjects taught

Course Details
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 masters module as a short course. If you would like to apply for a short course, please contact the Education Secretary (education@qub.ac.ukcontact details below) for advice.

Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.

List of Indicative Programme Modules
Modules offered in 2017-18 (subject to change):
•An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
•Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms (compulsory)
•Curriculum Theory and Policy (compulsory)
•Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Teaching (compulsory)
•Behaviour Change and Education
•Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
•Leadership for Change
•Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
•Reflective Practice and Action Research
•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

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester

Varies, depending on module choice and study mode (full-time/part-time).

Assessment method

Most modules are assessed by coursework. Online modules are assessed by a variety of methods, e.g. multiple choice exam and contributions to an online forum.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However 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.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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