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    30 July 2019

This programme offers teachers and educational professionals opportunities to learn across a range of areas within the broad field of education. 

Education professionals in the twenty-first century are expected to have strong knowledge and skills in core areas as well as an ability to move flexibly in and out of a variety of specialist areas. This Educational Studies programme is designed to meet these diverse needs by offering students the opportunity to select modules from a wide range of topics including: learning and teaching, assessment, educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.

The programme offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current research on these topics. In addition, students are encouraged to consider and reflect on the practical implications of theoretical perspectives and research findings. 

The MEd in Educational Studies is open to teachers in primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level institutions as well as to professionals in other fields of education.

On completion of the modules students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge and understanding of educational research, policy, practice and theory covered by the modules of their choice
  • Analyse and critically apply examples of the research literature in the chosen modules (and, where appropriate, skills)
  • Reflect critically on their own personal practice

Course Structure

List of Indicative Programme Modules

Modules* (20 CATS points):

  • An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
  • Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
  • Behaviour Change and Education
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Teaching 
  • Curriculum: Theory, Policy and Practice 
  • Digital Literacy and Communication
  • Education, the Law and Children's Rights
  • Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
  • Leadership for Change
  • Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
  • Reflective Practice and Action Research (10 CATS points)
  • Reimagining Special Needs Education: Inclusive Pedagogy
  • School Effectiveness and School Improvement
  • Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity
  • The Intellectual Foundations of Special Education
  • Understanding Adults with ASD
  • Understanding Children with ASD

* These modules are subject to change.

Learning and Teaching

The majority of sessions are in the evenings. Attendance at weekend workshops is occasionally required. In some modules there is an online taught element.


There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework. Modules with an online element use a variety of assessment methods, e.g. multiple choice tests and contributions to an online forum.

Educational Studies Highlights

Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014).

Internationally Renowned Experts

The core discipline of Education at Queen’s is one of the leading areas for educational research in the UK and Ireland.

Student Experience

The diversity of topics is particularly appreciated by students who want to learn across a range of topics, rather than focusing on one specialist subject.

Credit transfer Students who have completed other master's-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years are eligible to credit transfer. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online programme application as retrospective applications are not accepted.

Flexibility This programme is delivered via blended learning (a mixture of face-to-face and online learning).

Flexible exit qualifications (PgCert, PgDip) are available and individual course modules can also be taken as short courses.

How to Apply

Apply using the online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Visit the Educational Studies (MEd) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!






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