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The MEd in Educational Studies offers flexibility through a wide choice of modules dealing with current issues in education, - from Action Research to Leadership and from Assessment to Autism. This diversity is particularly appreciated by teachers and educational professionals who want to learn across a range of areas, rather than focusing on one definitive topic. The range of topics include: assessment, autism, behaviour, curriculum, inclusion and special educational needs, leadership and action research and students may freely choose modules from within this programme.

The programme offers students an opportunity to further their knowledge of a variety of topics in which they have a special interest and to broaden their expertise by selecting topics which they may not have previously studied in depth. It provides an opportunity for reflection on both the practical and theoretical aspects of education and is open to teachers in primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level institutions as well as to professionals in other fields of education

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. Students may take modules from this programme or another Masters programme in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (where they meet the entrance requirements and receive approval).

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 Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.


◦An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
◦Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
◦Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
◦Leadership for Change
◦Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
◦Leading School Improvement
◦Methods and Analysis in Educational Research
◦Reflections on Education
◦Reflective Practice and Action Research
◦Reimagining Special Needs Education: Inclusive Pedagogy
◦Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity
◦The Intellectual Foundations of Special Education Understanding Adults with ASD
◦Understanding Children with ASD


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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