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Postgraduate Studies

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Stranmillis University College has a long history of teacher education both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and offers a range of M Level courses.

The M-level programmes available at Stranmillis University College, and the specific programme modules, have been designed to provide professional learning pathways to enhance the skills, competencies and career-long personal development of teachers and education-related professionals. The programmes enable students to:

• engage in and inform debate on major issues in education;

• reflect in depth on the relationship between theory and practice in a professional context;

• develop professional competencies in specialist areas;

• discuss and evaluate research and best practice in education and educational policy, practice and theory;

• critically appraise, design and conduct research;

• reflect on personal and professional development.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

All Master’s level programmes consist of 120 CAT points, usually 4 x 30 CAT points modules, and a dissertation worth 60 M-level points. Each student takes (a minimum of) 60 CAT points in their chosen option plus 30 CATS points from this option or any other. They also usually take the research methods module before proceeding to dissertation. Part time students normally take 60 CAT points in each of 2 academic years followed by dissertation in the 3rd year. However it is possible to take an accelerated route, completing 120 CAT points in one year followed by a dissertation in the following year. It is also possible to spread study over a longer period of time up to a maximum of 5 years.

MASTER OF TEACHING (MTeach)
 
This programme is designed to support the professional and leadership development of teachers and education professionals in line with the Department of Education’s Learning Leaders strategy, with a structured approach to reflection and learning within the context of a student’s own setting and area specialism.
 
Information Flyer:  MTeach 18-19
 
 
MASTER OF EDUCATION (MEd)
 
MEd EDUCATION STUDIES SPECIALIST OPTION
 
This specialist option draws upon a wide range of academic disciplines (such as history, philosophy, psychology and sociology) to further a student’s understanding of learning and educational contexts. Education Studies looks at how we learn, from early childhood through the years of compulsory schooling and into adulthood.
 
Information Flyer: MEd Education Studies
 
MEd PASTORAL CARE SPECIALIST OPTION
 
This specialist option addresses a need for high-quality professional development in the critical and challenging area of pastoral care and equips students to respond effectively to a range of challenging pastoral situations such as children experiencing abuse, bullying or mental health issues.
 
Information Flyer: MEd Pastoral Care 18 19
 
SEN LITERACY SPECIALIST OPTION
 
These specialist options in SEN Literacy are for students who wish to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to teach children with Dyslexia or fulfil the role of individual specialist assessor for examination access arrangements. Available options (each with specific associated modules of their own) are:
 
• Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties (with Associate Membership of British Dyslexia Association)
• Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development
• Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN and Access Arrangements
 
Information Flyers: 
 
 
 
MASTER OF ARTS (MA) - EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES (ECS)
 
This programme will appeal to education professionals with a passion for the education and care of young children, developing and enhancing the knowledge and skills of early years practitioners as they improve the outcomes and opportunities for children, families and communities.
 
Information Flyer: MA ECS 18 19

 
The next intake for all our Masters programmes is September 2018.  Application forms are now available by emailing masters@stran.ac.uk
 
The Masters Flyer for 2018-2019 is available to download here: Masters Flyer 2018 2019
 
For guidance on the current availability and application of Masters courses please contact:
 
Louise O'Sullivan
CPD & Masters
 
Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5DY

Ph: 028 9038 4327

Email: masters@stran.ac.uk