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MEd Educational Studies

Course Description

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!

(Student Profile)


3432.jpg Name: Alexa
Country: China
Programme: Educational Studies (MEd)
Why did you choose to study at Queen's University?
I had two offers, one from University of Liverpool and the other from Queen’s University. I chose Queen’s because my sister, who was studying at the University of York, strongly recommend Queen’s. I Googled Queen’s and was attracted by the charming campus, especially the Lanyon building. I thought that it must be very happy to study in such a beautiful place.
I studied education as an undergraduate and wanted to it study further. Compared to the other Masters degrees in the School of Education, Educational Studies is more general. I wanted to study something general about education because I am not that sure what I will do in this field after I graduate. I want to have more choices when I find jobs.
Is the course what you expected?
It is surpassing my expectations actually. I didn’t expect that Educational Studies would have so much flexibility when choosing modules. There is only one compulsory Research Methods module and students can choose the rest from other different Master's degrees within the School of Education. So students have freedom to choose whatever they like from loads of options according to their own interest or future development.
What have you found most interesting or useful about the course so far?
Firstly, most of my classmates are experienced teachers and through discussion with them in class they have shared their practical experience and related these to the theories we covered in class. It was very helpful to comprehend what we learned in the class.
Secondly, I took an online module where the students were all from different countries around the world. The weekly discussion forums and one day workshop really helped me to develop an international perspective and understanding of people’s thought from different nations and background.
What are your experiences of living in Belfast?
This one year of studying and living in Belfast is really full and varied. I've made lots of friends here, especially with international students. We usually get together and talk with each other. From them, I got to know different countries and culture and it has really broadened my horizons. I like the people and quietness in Belfast. People are very friendly here and the environment is very good.


Entry Requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in any subject discipline.Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context. In line with University Regulations, there is a language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English (IELTS 6.5 or approved equivalent. For IELTs a minimum score of 5.5 is required in all four elements of the test).

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