MEd Education Studies (specialism)





1 year full-time

Start date

May 2021, Sept 2021

Why study MEd Education Studies (specialism) at UWS London?

Study at the No.1 ranked university in the UK for Teacher Education for 2020

Ranked 1st in the UK for Teacher Education in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, and Guardian University Guide rankings 2020*

Take your Education career to the next level

Boost your career prospects by learning advanced Education study, which builds on your skills as a qualified teacher. 

Get a British degree with strong global prospects

Live and study in London, and graduate with a British degree that has a powerful reputation across the world.

Broaden your global perspective

This is a unique course — specifically intended for international students — with a focus on global developments in education.

*This ranking relates to our BA (Hons) Education programme

Areas of study will include subjects such as:

There are three distinct stages: Postgraduate Certificate – PgCert – (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma – PgDip – (additional 60 credits), and MEd (additional 60 credits).

Semester 1: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

You will study one core and two optional areas of study, which you will select based on your specialism and interests, to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

The PgCert comprises the following core area of study:

  • Critical Issues across Education (core, 20 credits)

For additional options, see choices in PgDip, below.

After successfully completing the PgCert, you will proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).

Semester 2: Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

The PgDip comprises one further core and two optional areas of study.

The PgDip comprises the following core areas of study:

  • Educational Research (core, 20 credits)

The following list of optional areas of study are available across the PgCert and PgDip stages:

  • Inclusive Practice (optional, 20 credits)
  • Participation and Children’s Rights (optional, 20 credits)
  • Early Years’ Pedagogy (optional, 20 credits)
  • Leadership – Vision and Values (optional, 20 credits)
  • Working with Teams (optional, 20 credits)

Master of Education (MEd)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the Masters area of study:

  • Masters Dissertation (60 credits)

What is MEd Education Studies (specialism) all about?

Our MEd Education Studies course will enable you to develop your existing education knowledge and skills, to prepare you to step up into positions of responsibility within your workplace.

The course teaches the advanced study of education, where you will learn about critical issues across education and undertake educational research. You also have the opportunity to study inclusive practice, pedagogy, leadership and teamwork development.

Teaching and learning is underpinned by cutting-edge research, informed by a national and global perspective.

The MEd has a strong international dimension with focus on relevant global developments in education and provides you with many opportunities to share practice and insights relating to the education systems of which you have experience.

Where will MEd Education Studies (specialism) take me?

We develop inclusive leaders in education with the knowledge and experience to inspire those around them.

Our MEd Education Studies course is a highly sought-after degree, which gives you the opportunity to study at the No.1 ranked university in the UK for Teacher Education.

There is a global shortage of teachers, including in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. With a MEd Education Studies degree, you will be in demand for senior educational positions wherever in the world you choose to work.

Typical careers for graduates are usually a Teacher, Education Consultant or Lecturer before working their way up to become a Head of Department, Headteacher or Principal.

Successful MEd Education Studies graduates often work in Primary and Secondary schools, Universities, Colleges, Education Authorities, Government or City Councils in the UK or around the world.

Who is this course for?

Our MEd Education Studies (specialism) course is an ideal stepping stone for qualified teachers to expand and boost their professional development.

You will have a teaching qualification or a first (bachelor’s) degree in the broad area of education or another discipline that has substantial content relating to education.

Further Information

You have the option of graduating with a generic award of MEd Educational Studies or you can complete one of the specialisms available:

MEd Educational Studies (Core)

This pathway is intended for teachers and other professionals working with learners in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as practitioners working within other educational and training contexts. It is intended for professionals who wish to undertake modules across the named specialisms.

MEd Educational Studies (Inclusion)

This specialism is intended for teachers and professionals who teach or support learning in mainstream schools or inclusive educational settings. It will support professionals to develop applied knowledge and expertise in effective inclusive educational practices.

MEd Educational Studies (Leadership)

This specialism is intended for teachers and other professionals working with learners in early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as practitioners working within other educational contexts.

It is intended for leaders and aspiring leaders who are interested in developing their understanding of working with teams and leading fellow professionals.

It will enhance professional practice in, and understanding of, current developments in the area of educational leadership.

We welcome UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

You will normally be expected to satisfy at least one of the following admission requirements:

  • Have a teaching qualification or equivalent
  • Have a first (bachelor’s) degree in the broad area of education
  • Have a first (bachelor’s) degree in another discipline but with substantial content relating to education
  • Have relevant work or professional experience or completion of an appropriate programme of study for which prior knowledge and skills have provided an appropriate foundation, including a compulsory element of independent work.

Graduates of the UWS PGDE Primary or Secondary who gained SCQF Level 11 credits in the course of their PGDE will be able to enter the programme with advanced standing.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • Overall score 6.0
  • No sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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

  • 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
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

1 year, full-time with intakes in May and September 2021.

UK/EU students

International (Non-EU)

At the time of writing, the course fees for September 2021 onwards may be subject to revision.

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All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

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You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don’t have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

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