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Teaching - Masters MTeach

Master of Teaching
The MTeach is designed for teachers and other education professionals seeking M level accreditation for their own development activity, with a structured approach taken to reflection and learning.

Students will be able to focus on their own chosen phase, area or subject specialism and modules will include Leadership, Evaluating Professional Practice and Interconnected and Collaborative Learning. Students may also be able to choose modules from other M level programmes and tailor them to their particular area of professional expertise or interest.

Each student must undertake the module Research Methods in Education as part of their M level study and then must choose a further 3 taught modules before proceeding to dissertation.

The course will:

develop and enhance students' knowledge and skills;

provide new opportunities to study to a high
academic level while focussing on professional development;

deepen students' capacity to manage their own learning.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and preferably a professional teaching qualification. However, applicants who do not meet the requirements above will be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Subjects taught

Leadership in Practice
Start Date: Autumn 2015

This module is aimed at teachers working in both prima-ry and secondary schools and other education related contexts. It will explore and analyse the concept of ef-fective leadership at a range of different levels within school contexts. It will examine the relationship between effective leadership and school performance and will consider the key issues which must be addressed by leaders if they are to meet the demands of effective edu-cational provision.

Students will have opportunities to:

examine theories of leadership and management style and assess their potential impact in different professional contexts;

critically examine management and leadership issues in the context of personal professional practice;

explore key issues related to effective leadership style;

examine the influences of leadership on effective teaching and learning;

analyse case studies on innovation and effective school leadership.

Evaluating Professional Practice
Start Date: 2016/2017

The module examines a wide range of issues related to the evaluation of professional practice in a variety of contexts. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own professionalism and equipped with tools and processes to enable them to evaluate critically in the light of recent and relevant international research.

Interconnected and Collaborative Learning
Start Date: 2016/2017

Schools and other related organisations increasingly work less in isolation and more in local, national or even international networks, forming strategic partnerships, sharing staff and delivering joint programmes for pupils. This module will analyse existing models for collaborative and interconnected learning and facilitate the exploration of effective methods of working in practice.


All students who have recently successfully completed a PGCE at Master's level will be eligible to apply for 30 M Level credit points towards a Master's qualification. Candidates may seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities.

Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements will normally be made upon enrolment.

Entitlement to the Award of Master of Education (MEd)
The award of Master of Education will be made to candidates who have successfully completed 180 points at M-level, through completion of four taught modules and a research dissertation. The degree of Master of Education may be awarded with distinction on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners. Students who have accumulated 60 points on the MEd or who have successfully completed TWO taught modules may graduate with the Advanced Certificate in Education (AdvCertEd). Students who have accumulated 120 points on the MEd or who have success-fully completed FOUR taught modules may graduate with the Diploma in the Advanced Study in Education (DASE).

To be awarded an MEd in Pastoral Care students must complete at least two of the specialist option modules and one other M-level module that may be from the specialist option or may be chosen from any MEd module available. In addition they must complete the Research Methods module and a dissertation in Pastoral Care.

Application date

For further information on how to apply please contact:
Academic Registry
Stranmillis University College
Belfast BT9 5DY
Tel: ++44 (0) 28 9038 4263

Course fee

The course fee for 2015-2016 will be £843 per taught module and £1686 for dissertation (subject to confirmation).

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