Taught course

Teaching Adults

University of Glasgow · School of Education

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject and an interest in the education of adults in vocational, HE, college or community settings. In exceptional circumstances, other relevant qualifications and experience may satisfy entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with a strong grounding in the practices and theoretical frameworks of teaching adults in various contexts of formal and informal education. In addition to core teaching, it includes a placement in an adult education setting and a research project designed around your specific area of interest.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme is open to students with little or no experience in teaching adults, as well as those with experience in the field.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience through the placement. It gives you the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to you.
  • The programme has long standing partnerships with local organisations such as WEA, local communities, and further and higher education institutions.
  • By the end, you will have much stronger knowledge of teaching adults as well as a better understanding of what that means to your teaching practice and career paths.
  • This programme provides those with an interest in working in the adult education sector with practical experience strongly linked to its theory and frameworks. It combines a good background in the theories and approaches to teaching adults with a substantial placement component.

Programme Structure

You will take four core courses and undertake a credit-bearing work placement. For the MSc you will also complete a supervised research project, usually in the form of a dissertation. The placement allows you to work with an adult education agency for 100 hours. You can choose your own type of organisation and we will help to set it up. Courses are delivered through seminars, fieldwork and self-directed or group projects, which provide great opportunities to build professional and personal relationships.

Core courses

  • Curriculum development in adult and continuing education
  • International issues in adult and continuing education
  • Modern educational thought
  • The psychology of adult learning.

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will be well equipped to find roles in adult education in local councils, community organisations, healthcare departments, and adult literacy, as well as a wide range of vocational education contexts. Many of our graduates have also gained employment in the higher education sector, including international and UK universities and colleges.

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.

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

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
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Mia Perry