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Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Stranmillis University College

Programmes for Learning Leaders

M- Level Study

The M-level programmes available at Stranmillis University College have been designed to provide professional learning pathways to enhance the skills, competencies and career-long personal development of teachers and education-related professionals. The programmes enable students to:

  • engage in and inform debate on major issues in education;
  • reflect in depth on the relationship between theory and practice in a professional context;
  • develop professional competencies in specialist areas;
  • discuss and evaluate research and best practice in education and educational policy, practice and theory;
  • critically appraise, design and conduct research;
  • reflect on personal and professional development.
Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Programme Structure for M- Level Study

All Master’s level programmes consist of 120 CAT points, usually 4 x 30 CAT points modules, and a dissertation worth 60 M-level points.

Part-time students normally take 60 CAT points in each of 2 academic years followed by dissertation in the 3rd year. However it is possible to take an accelerated route, completing 120 CAT points in one year followed by a dissertation in the following year. It is also possible to spread study over a longer period of time up to a maximum of 5 years.

M- Level Programmes are offered under the following areas:

  • Master of Teaching (MTeach) ONLINE
  • MA Early Childhood Studies
  • Master of Education:
    • MEd Education Studies Specialist Option
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Autism Studies) Specialist Option
    • MEd Pastoral Care Specialist Option
    • Sen Literacy Specialist Options – ALL ONLINE
      • Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties (with Associate Membership of British Dyslexia Association)
      • Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development
      • Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN and Access Arrangements

Module Examples include:

  • Leadership in Practice
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Wellbeing in Early Years
  • Quality Pedagogy
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
  • Factors Affecting Literacy Development
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • International Perspectives on Bullying
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Recognition of Prior Learning

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities. Candidates may seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

Belfast and Stranmillis Campus

Voted the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, and one of the least expensive cities in the UK to live in, Belfast is the perfect place to study. With the campus just 1.5 miles from the city centre, everything Belfast has to offer is on your doorstep. Walk through the gates of the College and you can easily forget you are so close to the heart of the city. Set in 18 hectares of woodland, the campus is a peaceful haven that is a designated conservation area and has been awarded the prestigious EcoCampus status. Enjoy a stroll, relax in your favourite secluded area or eat alfresco in the fabulous surroundings. Every season, the grounds display a particular beauty.

For more information on any of our M-Level programmes please email for an application form of visit our website to download a course flyer.

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