Why study MEd Educational Studies at UWS London?

In 2020, University of West Scotland was ranked 1st in the UK for Teacher Education and has a consistent track record of excellence and quality in education.

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.

To achieve the MEd in Educational Studies you must complete 6 20 credit modules and one 60-credit module. There are three stages to the programme:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (three 20-credit modules)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (three more 20-credit modules)
  • MEd (one more 60-credit module)

The PgCert stage comprises the core module, Research Design in Education, and two compulsory modules, Becoming Critical in Education, and Global Perspectives on Education.

Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) where you’ll study one compulsory module, Research and Pedagogy, and two 20-credit modules, from the list below:

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Inclusive Leadership Practices

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the MEd stage where you’ll have the choice of either completing a research module of Master’s Dissertation (60 credits), or a taught module of Critical Discourse in Pedagogy and Practices (60 credits).

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 50%

Independent study: 50%


Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Reflective Journal
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation
  • Case study response
  • Group video with individual report
  • Project Report
  • Dissertation or Unit Plan

What is MEd Educational Studies all about?

Our MEd Education Studies course will enable you to build on existing education knowledge and skills, to prepare you to take 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 are 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.

This programme does NOT offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The programme has three key principles at its core: a) Inclusion and Diversity; b) Education, Innovation and Technology; and c) Policy and Social Justice. These three principles are underlying themes that run through all modules. This innovative and inclusive approach takes a holistic lens of education, reflecting the diverse and ever-changing needs of society.

In addition, to ensure all students are supported to maximise their success as a scholar and communicator, all students will engage in ‘mainstreamed’ English for Academic Purposes activities throughout their studies.

Where will MEd Educational Studies take me?

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

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 Educational 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 Educational Studies course is an ideal stepping stone for qualified teachers to expand and boost their professional development.

This programme offers a further professional development opportunities that will enhance their CV and professional experience and underpin opportunities for promotion or new job opportunities.

It also opens up opportunities for graduates to commence PhD research if students choose to complete the Dissertation module.

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Further Information

You must satisfy one of the following criterion:

  • Possess a teaching qualification or equivalent
  • Possess a first (bachelor’s) degree in the broad area of education
  • Possess 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

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

Exceptions to this level of IELTS scoring exist for some accredited or professionally-recognised courses.

1 Year – Full-time

Intakes in January, May and September

Scottish — £7,500

Rest of UK & Northern Ireland — £11,750

International & EU — £15,250

Find out how you can pay for your course fees

Scottish — £7,500

Rest of UK & Northern Ireland — £11,750

International & EU — £15,500

Find out how you can pay for your course fees

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Apply now

Apply now through our online application system. Before applying, you should check that you meet our entry requirements, and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first step is to create a profile. Then, after submitting your completed application, you will be required to upload your supporting documents listed in our documents checklist page.

Most courses don’t have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, if you would like further information or guidance, enquire with us to speak with one of our admissions advisers.