MASTER OF EDUCATION (MEd) EDUCATION STUDIES

Entry Year
2020/2021
Entry requirements
2:2 (Hons) degree
Duration
Flexible: normally up to 5 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. In some modules, there is an online taught element.

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.

CHILDHOOD ADVERSITIES AND DISADVANTAGE (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2020 

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.

YOUNG PEOPLE, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021

The module examines youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people; the historical development of youth culture within western societies in the late 20th and early 21st century; and how societal changes are shaping and influencing the lives of young people. It also considers social and cultural trends and media and how they impact identity formation and community structures and influence the personal, social and emotional development of young people.

LEARNING LEADERSHIP (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021

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.

TACKLING UNDERACHIEVEMENT IN SCHOOLS (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2022

The primary aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of contemporary research, policy and developments concerning regional, whole-school, departmental and classroom-based approaches to unlocking learner potential and raising educational achievement. The module explores a range of issues which can impact on learners and act as barriers to educational achievement. Students will explore opportunities and challenges relating to the development of critical, creative and independent learners.

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.

INVESTIGATING LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN MATHEMATICS (30 CATS)

SEMESTER TO BE ADVISED

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 2020 & JANUARY 2021 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

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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)

During the current climate please only return the completed forms by email to masters@stran.ac.uk

The next intake for Masters Study is September 2020. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th September 2020

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2020/2021 are:

NI/ EU £682 (20 CATS) £1023 (30 CATS) £2047 (60 CATS)

GB £767 (20 CATS) £1150 (30 CATS) £2300 (60 CATS)

International £1878 (20 CATS) £2817  (30 CATS) £5633 (60 CATS)

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. In some modules, there is an online taught element.

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.

CHILDHOOD ADVERSITIES AND DISADVANTAGE (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2020 

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.

YOUNG PEOPLE, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021

The module examines youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people; the historical development of youth culture within western societies in the late 20th and early 21st century; and how societal changes are shaping and influencing the lives of young people. It also considers social and cultural trends and media and how they impact identity formation and community structures and influence the personal, social and emotional development of young people.

LEARNING LEADERSHIP (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021

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.

TACKLING UNDERACHIEVEMENT IN SCHOOLS (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2022

The primary aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of contemporary research, policy and developments concerning regional, whole-school, departmental and classroom-based approaches to unlocking learner potential and raising educational achievement. The module explores a range of issues which can impact on learners and act as barriers to educational achievement. Students will explore opportunities and challenges relating to the development of critical, creative and independent learners.

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.

INVESTIGATING LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN MATHEMATICS (30 CATS)

SEMESTER TO BE ADVISED

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 2020 & JANUARY 2021 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

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)

During the current climate please only return the completed forms by email to masters@stran.ac.uk

The next intake for Masters Study is September 2020. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th September 2020

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2020/2021 are:

NI/ EU £682 (20 CATS) £1023 (30 CATS) £2047 (60 CATS)

GB £767 (20 CATS) £1150 (30 CATS) £2300 (60 CATS)

International £1878 (20 CATS) £2817  (30 CATS) £5633 (60 CATS)

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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