MASTER OF EDUCATION (MEd) EDUCATION STUDIES

Entry Year
2021/2022
Entry requirements
2:2 (Hons) degree
Duration
Flexible: normally 3 years
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This MEd Specialist option draws on a wide range of academic disciplines such as philosophy, psychology and sociology to further our understanding of learning and educational contexts. Drawing on up-to-date research, the programme focuses on how we learn, from early childhood through compulsory schooling and into adulthood, and offers a rigorous analysis of broader educational systems such as curricula, policies and schools in their societal context.

Students are encouraged to consider fundamental questions about the nature and aims of education; to engage with the problematic nature of educational theory, policy and practice; and to develop and express their own reasoned viewpoint on a wide range of issues.

The course will enable you to:

  • develop a critical understanding of how education systems can be developed to ensure that all learners achieve to their full potential
  • encourage reflection on existing policy and practice
  • question concepts and theories and interrogate assumptions underpinning theory and research
  • critically consider how recent international research relates to students’ own educational contexts.

How will I study?

Depending on the modules selected, teaching and learning is delivered through a blended approach of lectures, virtual learning activities and reflective, self-directed study. For your dissertation, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will guide and support you throughout your dissertation

Contact time

The majority of module sessions are in the evenings, although attendance at weekend workshops may occasionally be required. All modules are taught fully online.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-informed and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

A MEd is awarded to students who have completed 180 CAT points at M-level. Students who have accumulated 60 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

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To be awarded an MEd Education Studies, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise of four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final dissertation. In addition to Research Methods, which is normally a compulsory module, the other three taught modules must include at least two of the specific MEd Education Studies modules below.

SAFEGUARDING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2021 

This is an exciting new module to the programme for 2020/2021. In today’s increasingly online world, increased ownership of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has resulted in 24/7 access to the internet.  Despite the many social and educational benefits that the internet has brought, access to online technology has also exposed children and young people to increased risk, with parents and educators often at a loss as to how best to keep them stay safe.

The module will examine a wide range of issues relating to safeguarding in a digital world.  Students will consider the balance between positive and negative technological experiences, and will examine recent national and international research into the online experiences of children and young people.  Students will also learn more about the legal and policy context of digital safeguarding in relation to the misuse of digital technologies, abusive images of children, and child sexual exploitation.  Attitudes of young people towards sexting will be explored along with relevant theoretical underpinnings.

Responses to digital safeguarding issues will be critically investigated including preventative strategies through the curriculum.  The module will be relevant to all those working with children and young people, as well as those with a broader interest in education and technology.

LEARNING LEADERSHIP

(30 CATS)

JANUARY 2022

The module explores and analyses the concept of effective leadership at different levels, the relationship between effective leadership and school performance and the key issues affecting educational provision. Leadership and management style and issues are examined in the context of personal professional practice and the influence of leadership and innovation on effective teaching and learning.

OUTDOOR LEARNING (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2022

The module investigates the scope, benefits and difficulties of providing learning opportunities outdoors and presents Early Years and Primary School professionals with a range of empirical evidence which will enhance their understanding of effective teaching outdoors. Although the module takes a cross-curricular approach, the focus is on outdoor play, world around us and numeracy, and encouraging participants to reflect critically on outdoor learning provision in their own settings.

STR7003 ADDRESSING UNDERACHIEVEMENT AND DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION: POLICY AND PRACTICE (30 CATS)

JUNE 2022

The module will consider the impact of diversity, difference, disadvantage and learning difficulty in schools. It will explore appropriate literature to allow acquisition of knowledge bases and develop critical conceptual skills to decode and deconstruct prejudice. It will help students to understand and work with the contradictions of cultural life and will address models of deficit and low expectation that characterise the gap between traditional classroom materials and those used to teach disadvantaged students.

CHILDHOOD ADVERSITIES AND DISADVANTAGE (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2022

The module provides an in-depth analysis of the critical perspectives associated with disadvantage, the impact on children and young people and the intervention role of schools and educational settings. It also examines policy and practice developments regarding disadvantage; the role of education professionals in recognising and responding to the factors associated with disadvantage; the significance of developmental neuroscience and global education-based preventative intervention; and international models of good practice.

INVESTIGATING LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN MATHEMATICS

(30 CATS)

DATE TBA

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the problems learners with dyscalculia and other mathematics learning difficulties experience. Students will examine critical issues and debates surrounding the definition, characteristics and possible underlying causes of dyscalculia and they will analyse the similarities and differences between dyscalculia and other mathematics learning difficulties. Students will explore the range of cognitive processes involved in learning mathematics, including the role of memory. The influence of home, school and society on the development of mathematics will also be considered, including the impact of mathematics anxiety. Issues relating to identification of mathematics learning difficulties will be addressed and students will become familiar with a range of formal and informal screening procedures.

RESEARCH METHODS (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2021 & JANUARY 2022 FULLY ONLINE 

Research Methods is normally required to be completed before a student starts their dissertation. The module covers the areas required for effective educational research including; qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques: the quasi-experimental approach; research method selection; questionnaire design and analysis; research and project preparation; and reporting the findings.

Click here for full course specification

Please note all modules are taught fully online

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Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the requirements may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Prior Accreditation

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities whether these are part of induction, early professional development, threshold assessments or programmes of staff development and performance management. All students who have successfully completed a PGCE at Master’s level will be eligible to apply for 30 M-level credit points towards a Master’s qualification. Candidates may also seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

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How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form (see ‘Apply Now’ link above).Please only return the completed forms by email to masters@stran.ac.uk

Applications for September as now closed. The next intake will be January 2022.

The closing date for applications is Friday 7th January 2022.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2021/2022 are:

MEd/MA/ MTeachCATs PointsNI/ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module 30£1075£1208£2950£2950
Dissertation Module 60£2150£2417£5900£5900
Full-Time Course180£6450£7250£17,700£17,700

*EU Other – Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland), other EEA and Swiss Nationals and their family members.

All completed Masters applications require a payment of a £10 administration fee. Please click here to complete this payment via the Stran Eshop.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

A Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 is available to eligible student for postgraduate study at Stranmillis University College: please contact your Education Authority for further loan information. Please note students who are applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan must complete their Master’s study within 3 years. Other payment options are available such as payment in full or direct debit instalment plans Please contact the College Finance Office on studentfinance@stran.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

There may be costs associated with transport for field trips, transport and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

Course image

This MEd Specialist option draws on a wide range of academic disciplines such as philosophy, psychology and sociology to further our understanding of learning and educational contexts. Drawing on up-to-date research, the programme focuses on how we learn, from early childhood through compulsory schooling and into adulthood, and offers a rigorous analysis of broader educational systems such as curricula, policies and schools in their societal context.

Students are encouraged to consider fundamental questions about the nature and aims of education; to engage with the problematic nature of educational theory, policy and practice; and to develop and express their own reasoned viewpoint on a wide range of issues.

The course will enable you to:

  • develop a critical understanding of how education systems can be developed to ensure that all learners achieve to their full potential
  • encourage reflection on existing policy and practice
  • question concepts and theories and interrogate assumptions underpinning theory and research
  • critically consider how recent international research relates to students’ own educational contexts.

How will I study?

Depending on the modules selected, teaching and learning is delivered through a blended approach of lectures, virtual learning activities and reflective, self-directed study. For your dissertation, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will guide and support you throughout your dissertation

Contact time

The majority of module sessions are in the evenings, although attendance at weekend workshops may occasionally be required. All modules are taught fully online.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-informed and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

A MEd is awarded to students who have completed 180 CAT points at M-level. Students who have accumulated 60 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Course image

To be awarded an MEd Education Studies, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise of four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final dissertation. In addition to Research Methods, which is normally a compulsory module, the other three taught modules must include at least two of the specific MEd Education Studies modules below.

SAFEGUARDING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2021 

This is an exciting new module to the programme for 2020/2021. In today’s increasingly online world, increased ownership of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has resulted in 24/7 access to the internet.  Despite the many social and educational benefits that the internet has brought, access to online technology has also exposed children and young people to increased risk, with parents and educators often at a loss as to how best to keep them stay safe.

The module will examine a wide range of issues relating to safeguarding in a digital world.  Students will consider the balance between positive and negative technological experiences, and will examine recent national and international research into the online experiences of children and young people.  Students will also learn more about the legal and policy context of digital safeguarding in relation to the misuse of digital technologies, abusive images of children, and child sexual exploitation.  Attitudes of young people towards sexting will be explored along with relevant theoretical underpinnings.

Responses to digital safeguarding issues will be critically investigated including preventative strategies through the curriculum.  The module will be relevant to all those working with children and young people, as well as those with a broader interest in education and technology.

LEARNING LEADERSHIP

(30 CATS)

JANUARY 2022

The module explores and analyses the concept of effective leadership at different levels, the relationship between effective leadership and school performance and the key issues affecting educational provision. Leadership and management style and issues are examined in the context of personal professional practice and the influence of leadership and innovation on effective teaching and learning.

OUTDOOR LEARNING (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2022

The module investigates the scope, benefits and difficulties of providing learning opportunities outdoors and presents Early Years and Primary School professionals with a range of empirical evidence which will enhance their understanding of effective teaching outdoors. Although the module takes a cross-curricular approach, the focus is on outdoor play, world around us and numeracy, and encouraging participants to reflect critically on outdoor learning provision in their own settings.

STR7003 ADDRESSING UNDERACHIEVEMENT AND DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION: POLICY AND PRACTICE (30 CATS)

JUNE 2022

The module will consider the impact of diversity, difference, disadvantage and learning difficulty in schools. It will explore appropriate literature to allow acquisition of knowledge bases and develop critical conceptual skills to decode and deconstruct prejudice. It will help students to understand and work with the contradictions of cultural life and will address models of deficit and low expectation that characterise the gap between traditional classroom materials and those used to teach disadvantaged students.

CHILDHOOD ADVERSITIES AND DISADVANTAGE (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2022

The module provides an in-depth analysis of the critical perspectives associated with disadvantage, the impact on children and young people and the intervention role of schools and educational settings. It also examines policy and practice developments regarding disadvantage; the role of education professionals in recognising and responding to the factors associated with disadvantage; the significance of developmental neuroscience and global education-based preventative intervention; and international models of good practice.

INVESTIGATING LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN MATHEMATICS

(30 CATS)

DATE TBA

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the problems learners with dyscalculia and other mathematics learning difficulties experience. Students will examine critical issues and debates surrounding the definition, characteristics and possible underlying causes of dyscalculia and they will analyse the similarities and differences between dyscalculia and other mathematics learning difficulties. Students will explore the range of cognitive processes involved in learning mathematics, including the role of memory. The influence of home, school and society on the development of mathematics will also be considered, including the impact of mathematics anxiety. Issues relating to identification of mathematics learning difficulties will be addressed and students will become familiar with a range of formal and informal screening procedures.

RESEARCH METHODS (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2021 & JANUARY 2022 FULLY ONLINE 

Research Methods is normally required to be completed before a student starts their dissertation. The module covers the areas required for effective educational research including; qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques: the quasi-experimental approach; research method selection; questionnaire design and analysis; research and project preparation; and reporting the findings.

Click here for full course specification

Please note all modules are taught fully online

Course image

Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the requirements may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Prior Accreditation

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities whether these are part of induction, early professional development, threshold assessments or programmes of staff development and performance management. All students who have successfully completed a PGCE at Master’s level will be eligible to apply for 30 M-level credit points towards a Master’s qualification. Candidates may also seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

Course image

How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form (see ‘Apply Now’ link above).Please only return the completed forms by email to masters@stran.ac.uk

Applications for September as now closed. The next intake will be January 2022.

The closing date for applications is Friday 7th January 2022.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2021/2022 are:

MEd/MA/ MTeachCATs PointsNI/ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module 30£1075£1208£2950£2950
Dissertation Module 60£2150£2417£5900£5900
Full-Time Course180£6450£7250£17,700£17,700

*EU Other – Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland), other EEA and Swiss Nationals and their family members.

All completed Masters applications require a payment of a £10 administration fee. Please click here to complete this payment via the Stran Eshop.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

A Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 is available to eligible student for postgraduate study at Stranmillis University College: please contact your Education Authority for further loan information. Please note students who are applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan must complete their Master’s study within 3 years. Other payment options are available such as payment in full or direct debit instalment plans Please contact the College Finance Office on studentfinance@stran.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

There may be costs associated with transport for field trips, transport and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

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