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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.
A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.
Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.
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Programme: Educational Studies (MEd)
Why did you choose to study at Queen's University?
I had two offers, one from University of Liverpool and the other from Queen’s University. I chose Queen’s because my sister, who was studying at the University of York, strongly recommend Queen’s. I Googled Queen’s and was attracted by the charming campus, especially the Lanyon building. I thought that it must be very happy to study in such a beautiful place.
I studied education as an undergraduate and wanted to it study further. Compared to the other Masters degrees in the School of Education, Educational Studies is more general. I wanted to study something general about education because I am not that sure what I will do in this field after I graduate. I want to have more choices when I find jobs.
Is the course what you expected?
It is surpassing my expectations actually. I didn’t expect that Educational Studies would have so much flexibility when choosing modules. There is only one compulsory Research Methods module and students can choose the rest from other different Master's degrees within the School of Education. So students have freedom to choose whatever they like from loads of options according to their own interest or future development.
What have you found most interesting or useful about the course so far?
Firstly, most of my classmates are experienced teachers and through discussion with them in class they have shared their practical experience and related these to the theories we covered in class. It was very helpful to comprehend what we learned in the class.
Secondly, I took an online module where the students were all from different countries around the world. The weekly discussion forums and one day workshop really helped me to develop an international perspective and understanding of people’s thought from different nations and background.
What are your experiences of living in Belfast?
This one year of studying and living in Belfast is really full and varied. I've made lots of friends here, especially with international students. We usually get together and talk with each other. From them, I got to know different countries and culture and it has really broadened my horizons. I like the people and quietness in Belfast. People are very friendly here and the environment is very good.