Taught course

Education

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Education
Qualifications
MScPGCertPGDip

Entry requirements

General MSc and all specialist pathways except Educational Leadership: 2.1 Honours degree or or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject.

Educational Leadership: 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above in education or related subject subject, plus at least three years’ experience in a leadership role. This entry requirement also applies to students on the general MSc who may wish to take courses in this pathway as options.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme offers you the opportunity to study at postgraduate level on a flexible high quality online distance learning basis. Building on your professional and personal interests and experiences, the programme will deepen and broaden your knowledge and understanding of education. Participating in analysis, critique and discussion of cutting-edge research, current practices and relevant policies, you will study in an online learning community.

Why this programme

  • This fully online distance programme is ideal for mainstream education professionals working in schools or further and higher education, for those working with adults, in youth work or community development, and those wanting to enter the world of education.
  • It is high quality, fully supported online distance learning offering flexible part-time learning. The programme utilises a virtual learning environment incorporating wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and real-time interactive tools.
  • Choice of general or specialist pathways tailored to suit individual student needs.
  • You will be a member of an engaged, active international learning community that builds from your own context, drawing on your particular professional and personal experiences to construct learning that is relevant and intellectually challenging.
  • You will learn through and with international curricula, pedagogy and learning community.
  • You may be an experienced educational practitioner seeking a postgraduate programme to develop your practice or someone who now wishes to enter the exciting and diverse field of education.
  • You will work in cohorts across specialisms, educational sectors and geographical locations to learn from and with each other. These cohorts will use online and real-time discussion and information exchanges around milestone activities designed to both provide scaffolded but flexible support.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses in years 1 and 2. You will also complete a dissertation in year 3 which reflects your research interests.

In addition to the general degree programme you have the opportunity to study on one of five specialist named pathways.

  • Adult Education
  • Children’s Literature & Literacies
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy (subject to approval)
  • Educational Leadership
  • Inclusive & Special Education
  • Religious Education (subject to approval)
  • TESOL (subject to approval)
  • Youth Studies.

If undertaking the general degree programme, you have an opportunity to select from the specialist optional courses available in your year of study. If undertaking a specialist pathway, you must take the courses outlined below.

Core courses

Year 1

  • Modern educational thinking
  • Policy and practice.

Year 2

  • Principles and practices of research
  • Research application.

Optional courses may include

Adult Education
  • Year 1: The psychology of adult learning
  • Year 2: International issues
Children’s Literature & Literacies
  • Year 1: Texts for children: From printing press to virtual reality
  • Year 2: Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life
Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy
  • Year 1: Understanding learners
  • Year 2: International perspectives
Educational Leadership
  • Year 1: Developing as a leader: Ethics and praxis
  • Year 2: Leading people and organisations: Actions and accountabilities in practice
Inclusive & Special Education
  • Year 1: Education for all: Inclusive special education
  • Year 2: Working together creating inclusive learning environments
Religious Education
  • Year 1: Curriculum leadership in religious education
  • Year 2: Conceptual frameworks in contemporary religious education
TESOL
  • Year 1: Language for TESOL
  • Year 2: Language learning for TESOL
Youth Studies
  • Year 1: Working with youth: Education and learning for change
  • Year 2: Perspectives on youth and young adulthood

Career prospects

Career opportunities may include work in and across different educational sectors including mainstream education, adult education, informal and community education and development, educational leadership, youth work, and in educational publishing and policy-making. You will also be qualified to proceed to study for a PhD or EdD.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

General MSc and all pathways (except Children's Literature & Literacies and TESOL):

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

Children's Literature & Literacies and TESOL pathways

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

This entry requirement also applies to students on the general MSc Education who may wish to take courses in these pathway as options.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£10500
International students
£10500

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
60 months
part time
30 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Name
Education Online
Email
education-onlinemsc@glasgow.ac.uk