Why study MEd Educational Studies at UWS London?

Learn from experts
Our inspiring team and esteemed guest lecturers bring a wealth of knowledge and global experience garnered from their extensive careers in both UK-based enterprises and across international markets.

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Live and study in London; one of the leading cultural, financial and cosmopolitan capitals of the world.

Build your network
Our alumni network spans across more than 100 nationalities, offering a dynamic platform for connections that can drive your career forward. 

Exceptional career prospects
London is a global economic hub, which means there are abundant opportunities for professionals with various skill sets and backgrounds. UWS London careers department will help you to navigate the graduate job market during your studies and up to 2 years after you graduate.

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 the following core modules:

  • Educational Research
  • Pedagogy

One compulsory and two 20-credit modules of your choice from the list below:


  • Globalisation in Education
  • Critical Thinking


  • Education for sustainability
  • Philosophy of education
  • Sociology of childhood
  • Inclusive educational leadership

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).

This programme will be taught through a combination of both online and in-person classes, using the virtual learning platform Aula.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 50%
  • Independent study: 50%

Delivery methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical workshops

Assessment methods include:

  • Coursework – all modules across the programme
  • Exams – none
  • Groupwork/Presentations – all modules in T2

What is MEd Educational Studies all about?

Our MEd Education Studies programme will enable you to build on existing education knowledge and skills, to prepare you to take positions of responsibility within your workplace.

The programme 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.

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Who is this programme for?

Our MEd Educational Studies programme 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.

Our facilities

Our modern London Campus is located in London Docklands, a one minute walk from East India DLR station. The campus is well connected and only a few stops away from the exciting city centre.

Our technology-rich campus with light and airy study spaces is the optimal place for learning, making international friends, and taking one closer step to your future career.

Learn more about our London Campus, the history behind it and what areas are nearby for you to explore as a student at UWS London.

Programme leader profile

Dr Xiao Qu 5
Dr Xiao Qu
Programme Leader: MEd Educational Studies

I started my higher education first in linguistics and language education. After working with a charitable organisation supporting people with severe learning difficulties, I was drawn into the field of special needs education and inclusive education. I became increasingly interested and motivated to understand and explore ways to improve education particularly for disadvantaged and marginalised children. My academic knowledge and skills are contextualised by an MPhil in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Education from the University College London Institute of Education. Before joining UWS, I also worked in international education (China and UK) for more than 2 years.

Further information

To study a post graduate programme with UWS London, applicants are expected to hold at least an ordinary degree from a UK institution, or an equivalent qualification if the applicant has studied outside of the UK.

Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not meet the academic requirements for each programme but can demonstrate significant professional experience in a relevant field.

Applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • 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 2+ years’ 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 English instructors

For further details, please contact one of our Admissions Officers.

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 UWSInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
Test Minimum Requirement IELTS (International English Language Testing System)IELTS Indicator Overall score of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 for each component
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)Grade C
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Int’lOverall score 170 with no element below 163
Cambridge AS and A LevelsGrade C or above
Trinity College London ISEIIReading: Pass; Listening: Pass
ibTOEFL78; no sub-test less than 17: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17
Pearson Test of English (Academic)PTE Overall score of 59 with no element less than 59
Password English Language testGrades equivalent to CEFR B2 for entry at L9 entry and above. Password scores of 6.0 or higher
LanguageCert International ESOLB2 Communicator pass/Communicator High Pass (postgraduate applicants at 6.0)
Oxford International English Language Level Test (ELLT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6.
Skills for English (SELT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6

UWS London provides a comprehensive range of student services dedicated to supporting you at every stage of your academic journey, ensuring your success and well-being throughout your studies.

Tuition fees

MEd Educational Studies

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