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This programme provides a strong grounding in the practices used in teaching adults, as well as an opportunity to conduct a practice-related research project.

Why this programme

-The programme is open to people with little or no experience in teaching adults, but also works well for those with more knowledge of the field.
-The programme combines a good background in the theories and history of teaching adults with a substantial placement component.
-The placement allows you to work with an adult education agency for 100 hours, and counts as two courses in the programme. You can choose your own type of organisation for your placement, and we will help to set it up.
-Students tell us that they come out of the programme with much stronger knowledge of teaching adults as well as a better understanding of what that means to their teaching practice.

Programme structure

You will take a taught component of four core courses alongside the work placement. For the MSc you will also complete a supervised research project of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

The teaching segment provides great opportunities to build professional and personal relationships through seminars, fieldwork and self-directed or group projects.

You will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience in the area of adult education through the adult learning placement. The placement gives you the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to you.

Core courses
-The psychology of adult learning
-Modern educational thought
-International issues in adult and continuing education
-Curriculum development in adult and continuing education

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gained employment in the higher education sector, including international and UK universities. You could also find roles in adult education for local councils, healthcare departments and adult literacy.

Visit the Teaching Adults - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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