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Course content

The Master of Education is a suite of postgraduate modules in professional development for teachers and professionals who work, or have experience of working, in an educational setting.

Why study for Master of Education at Dundee?

The Master of Education programme 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 programme 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 programme.

The programme is the first in Scotland to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and by successfully completing the programme participants can register for an IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research affording the opportunity of pursuing a career in public, private or international schools across the world.

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully recognised and accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

MEd 1800 hours of part-time study (6x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4x30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

Degree Combinations

Education (including IB Certificate) MEd
Education (Leading Learning and Teaching) MEd
Education (Inclusion and Learner Support) MEd
Education (Nursery/Early Education) MEd
Education (Pupil Care and Support) MEd
Education (Childhood Practice) MEd
Education (International Education) MEd
Education (Developing Mathematical Thinking) MEd
Education (Into Headship) MEd

Who should study this course?

Entry to the programme is open to teachers and professionals with experience of working in educational settings who have a degree or equivalent and relevant experience. Applicants do not have to be currently employed in an educational setting. There is option for a non-workplace based route through the MEd programme as some modules do not require students to be in a workplace-based setting.

What are the aims of the programme?

The programme is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and professional values necessary to enhance international professional practice and builds upon competences developed through experience.

The MEd is inquiry-based and provides flexible routes in:
- Leading Learning and Teaching
- Inclusion and Learning
- Nursery/Early Education
- Pupil Care and Support
- International Education
- Developing Mathematical Thinking
- Adult Literacies

How you will be taught

The start date for this course is either September or March each year.

The Programme 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. Study support is offered through our growing network of learning and study centres. Currently these are based at the University of Dundee but shortly will also be available through our collaboration with the Hellenic Association for Education in Athens, Greece.

Recognition for prior learning (RPL) is available for the MEd Programme. Claims for RPL must match to existing modules o the programme 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 programme. If you have any questions about RPL

What you will study

Participants undertake two core and two optional modules, and either 1 x 60 credit, or 2 x 30 credit workplace projects at the final stage of the programme. There are 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.

These awards aim to build on professionals’ initial training and professionalism which has developed throughout their work experience. Because of the considerable distance learning element in the programme, significant individual support is offered through:
- On-line
- Study guides
- Telephone or video conference tutorials
- Face to face tutorials
- E-mail
- Written feedback (electronic)
- Virtual learning environments

Core modules
Reflecting upon Practice
Research Methods for Professional Inquiry
Optional Modules

International Education
Working Supportively with Learners
Working Towards Inclusion
Continuity of Children’s Development : Birth To Eight
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
Leading Effective Transitions
Leading Learning through Play
Meeting the Needs of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Complex Social Communication Needs

How you will be assessed

Individual modules have assessment tailored to aims and content of each module. Most module culminate with a written assignment based around content covered, or research completed, during the module.

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


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 programme. By engaging with the MEd Programme students are able to influence their own Professional Learning journeys and take control of their own CPD.

As the Master of Education programme is for professionals with some teaching or educational experience the programme will not qualify you to teach in Scotland.

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

Degree Length of study
Distance learning (2 optional contact days per module)
MEd 1800 hours of part-time study ( 6 x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4 x 30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

Visit the MEd Master of Education (and degree combinations) page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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