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Education Studies

Education Studies draws on a wide range of academic disciplines such as philosophy, psychology and sociology to further our understanding of learning and educational contexts. Drawing on up-to-date research, the programme focuses on how we learn, from early childhood through compulsory schooling and into adulthood, and offers a rigorous analysis of broader educational systems such as curricula, policies and schools in their societal context. Students are encouraged to consider fundamental questions about the nature and aims of education; to engage with the problematic nature of educational theory, policy and practice; and to develop and express their own reasoned viewpoint on a wide range of issues.

The course will enable you to:

• Develop a critical understanding of how education systems can be developed to ensure that all learners achieve to
their full potential;

• Reflect on existing policy & practice;

• Question concepts and theories and interrogate assumptions
underpinning theory and research;

• Critically consider how recent international research relates to students' own educational contexts.

To be awarded an MEd Education Studies students must complete at least two modules from the MEd Education Studies programme plus an additional 60 CATs points from any specialist option. One of these modules is normally Research Methods. In addition students must complete a dissertation.

Entitlement To The Award Of Master Of Education (med)
A Master of Education is awarded to students who have completed 180 points at M-Level (this includes a 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 at M-Level may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those
who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

To be awarded an MEd Education Studies students must complete 60 Cat points from the MEd Education Studies programme plus a further 60 CAT points from any other specialist option, for example Outdoor Learning or Shared Education, including Research methods. In addition students must complete a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and a professional teaching qualification. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may 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.

Further enquiries

For further information please contact:
Louise O'Sullivan
Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis Road
T: +44 (0) 28 9038 4327

Subjects taught

EDC 9088 Tackling Underachievement in Schools
EDC 9016 Leadership in Practice
SEC 7010 Outdoor Learning
EDC 7066 Young People, Community and Culture
EDC 9090 Critical Perspectives on Disadvantage and the Impact on Children and Young People
EDC 7024 Research Methods

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 2018-2019 will be £917 per 30 CAT taught module, £612 for a 20 CAT taught module and £1834 for dissertation. (UK/ Republic of Ireland and EU students only). International fees apply for international students.

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