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With a huge discrepancy in educational standards both nationally and internationally, there's a need for quality teachers and curriculum leaders. If you're committed to providing the best opportunities for all, this course is ideal.

By giving you insights into the learning process and the policies and practices involved in education, our online Masters will help you to further your career in education. Building on your professional experiences and personal interests, our programme will deepen your understanding of education. Within an international online learning community, you'll analyse and discuss leading research, current practices and relevant policies.

There are various routes to take on our Masters in Education, so you can tailor your studies to match your experiences and your career goals. Choose from the following options:

  • Psychological and international perspectives in adult education
  • Assessment and pedagogy
  • Inclusive and special education

Our university is the highest-ranked Russell Group university for teaching. Studying at our School of Education, you'll learn from lecturers at the forefront of educational research.

There are many benefits of a masters degree in education online. As well as being able to tailor your learning to fit your lifestyle, studying this programme also means you don't have to sacrifice your current career to pursue a new one.

Programme outcomes

On successful completion of our this programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand key theories, concepts and debates in education
  • Evaluate current practices, policies, theories and research across a range of contexts
  • Explore current education trends and issues
  • Reflect upon the application of education policy, theory and research
  • Conduct a substantial piece of applied research
  • Critically analyse educational policy, practice, theory and research in specific contexts and settings
  • Appraise your experience as a learner and/or educator 
  • Critically reflect upon the practical application of educational policy, theory and research
  • Apply postgraduate-level academic literacy and IT skills
  • Identify and evaluate relevant academic material for use in assignments, discussion and debate
  • Assemble, analyse and critique current research relevant to your contexts and use this to identify areas for your own enquiries
  • Collate and analyse information from a range of sources relevant to specific issues
  • Write clear, accurate and insightful analytical texts
  • Debate issues with peers from similar and different contexts
  • Use IT skills in information retrieval, document preparation and discussion
  • Conduct applied research in a specific context using practical skills of enquiry
  • Apply organisational, project management and academic planning skills

Career outlook

The fact that our masters degree in education offers three pathways enables you tailor your studies to your unique experiences and career goals. These options are designed to provide students with the skills required to follow a choice of careers, including education counsellor, instructional coordinator and school principal.

The online masters in education opens up a raft of positions - from primary and secondary schooling to adult education and educational leadership. It is perfect for budding teachers, pre-PhD or -EdD students and education professionals keen to start or further their careers.


With this programme you can choose your own specialist pathway. After completing the core courses in years one and two, you will be able to undertake a further two optional courses (one in each year). If you wish to specialise your studies according to the pathways available, you would choose the specific courses relating that subject area:

  • Adult Education (AE)
  • Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CAP)
  • Inclusive and Special Education (ISE)

If you are following the general programme, you will be able to choose from the optional courses available in each year of study. You will also complete a dissertation in year 3. This will reflect your research interests.

The duration of this programme is 2.5 years - 6 years taken on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract


  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Principles and Practices of Research (20 credits)
  • Research Application (20 credits)
  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education (20 credits)
  • Modern Educational Thinking (20 credits)


  • International Issues (AE) (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Adult Learning (AE) (20 credits)
  • Education for All (ISE) (20 credits)
  • Working Together Creating Inclusive Learning Environments (ISE) (20 credits)
  • International Perspectives (CAP) (20 credits)
  • Understanding Learners (CAP) (20 credits)

Visit the Education (Online) - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!





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