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Entry to the course is open to educators with experience of working in relevant settings who have a degree or equivalent and relevant experience. Applicants do not have to be currently employed in an educational setting as some modules do not require students to be in a workplace-based setting.

The Master of Education MEd is the first in Scotland to be recognised by the International Baccalaureate as meeting the professional development requirements of:

  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research
  • Certificate in Leadership Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research

The Master of Education course is essential for all professionals who work in an educational setting and wish to enhance their professional learning and improve career progression prospects. Students can tailor the educational experience to suit their individual experience, needs and interests. The course can be accessed entirely at a distance via the University virtual learning environment. There are both workplace based and non-workplace based routes through the course.

Professional Recognition

The course is fully recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) as a professional learning course for leaders.

In partnership with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) and our Local Authority Partners in Scotland, we are delivering the 'Into Headship' and 'Middle Leadership' programmes.

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In exceptional circumstances, and with the permission of the Programme Director, students may undertake more than one module per semester.

Available awards

  • MEd Education (Leading Learning and Teaching)
  • MEd Education (Inclusion and Learner Support)
  • MEd Education (Nursery/Early Education)
  • MEd Education (International Education)
  • MEd Education (Into Headship)
  • MEd Education (Educational Leadership)

International Baccalaureate

The course is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. On completion participants can register for an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research, Certificate in Leadership Practice or Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

The course can take 2 to 3 years depending on a student's circumstances with modules being delivered by blended and distance learning and are supported by the use of the University's virtual learning environment. This means the course is available anywhere and anytime there is access to the internet. Study support is offered through our growing network of learning and study centres. 

Recognition for prior learning (RPL) is available for the MEd Course. Claims for RPL must match to existing modules on the course with equivalent content and be at the required SCQF level and SCOTCAT credits. Claims can be made, in exceptional circumstances, for up to 50% of the course. If you have any questions about RPL please contact us.

How you will be assessed

Individual modules have assessment tailored to aims and content of each module. Most modules culminate with a written assignment.

Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from study and work. Most assessments focus directly on application in the workplace. Students are assessed on 4 x 30 credit modules plus a Dissertation (60 credits).

What you will study

You'll undertake two core and two optional modules, and 1 x 60 credit dissertation at the final stage of the programme.

There is an extensive bank of modules available by distance learning or mixed mode delivery. The Master of Education is characterised by progression through Certificate, Diploma to Masters with exit points at each level.

Because of the considerable distance learning element in the programme, significant individual support is offered through:

  • Online - via 'My Dundee' the university's virtual learning environment 
  • Study guides
  • Telephone or video conference tutorials
  • Face to face tutorials
  • Email
  • Written feedback
  • Virtual learning environments

Core modules

  • Reflecting upon Practice
  • Research Methods for Professional Inquiry
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • International Education
  • Working Towards Inclusion
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking
  • Innovation in the Curriculum
  • Leadership, Change and Organisational Development
  • Enquiry into Collaborative Teaching and Learning
  • Negotiated Study
  • Leadership and Management of Childhood Practice
  • Meeting the Needs of Children and Young People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Mentoring

Into Headship

The Into Headship qualification is designed as a 60 credit postgraduate certificate qualification at SCQF level 11 which, longer term, will form part of a Masters Leadership pathway.

Those who successfully complete the Into Headship qualification will also be awarded the Standard for Headship. The Standard for Headship lays the foundations for professionalism and leadership which is required by all heads. It is a framework for aspiring head teachers and identifies key qualities that are required to succeed as an experienced head teacher.

Prospective students are recommended for the programme by their Local Authority.

Middle Leadership

This is a new Post-Graduate Certificate in Leading Learning and Teaching, with participants taking two appropriate modules from the wider MEd suite of modules. It is recognised by SCEL and is designed for students who wish to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake middle leadership roles in schools.

Prospective students can apply directly to the University to join this programme.


A majority of students studying for Masters in Education at the University of Dundee are already in full time employment. In addition a number of students either already hold senior management positions or have moved into senior management positions during their time studying on the course.

The Master of Education course is for professionals with some teaching or educational experience. It is not an initial teaching course and will not qualify you to teach in Scotland. 

Your Application

Deadline for applications - 31 July

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MEd Education (Part Time + Distance Learning) page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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