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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 a number of core modules as well as the opportunity to select optional modules from a wide range of topics including: educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.

The programme offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current research on learning and teaching, assessment and curriculum design. 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

Why Educational Studies at Queen's?

- As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;

- Education research at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);

- We provide a professional development opportunity for teachers and other related professionals who wish to extend and renew their study of education on a wide front;

- The diversity of topics is particularly appreciated if you want to learn across a range of topics, rather than focusing on one specialist subject. Modules include: assessment, behaviour, curriculum, learning, reflective practice and many more. You may also study modules from our other Master’s programmes (if you meet the entrance requirements and receive approval);

- We understand the many demands on students’ time, so the content is delivered in a mixture of face-to-face and online formats and you can study one or more of our modules as a short course;

- If you have completed other Masters-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years you are eligible to transfer credit. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online course application;

- You may also undertake individual course modules as short courses without completing a full degree.

- If you don’t want or need to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit awards (PG Diploma, PG Certificate) are available.

Programme Structure

The MEd in Education Studies is awarded to students who successfully complete 120 CATS points from taught modules and 60 CATS points from a Master's dissertation.

Exit qualifications are available. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Master's module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc in Educational Studies as a short course, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.


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 and Policy
  • Digital Literacy and Communication
  • 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.


There are no written examinations. Most modules are assessed by coursework. Online modules are assessed by a variety of methods, eg multiple choice exam and contributions to an online forum.

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





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