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Education (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

Ideal as an advanced study of the intellectual, ethical and cultural processes of education, this programme also gives you the chance to reflect on – and build on – your own professional development.

Through strategically designed core courses and a wide range of options, this programme allows you to focus your studies on particular areas of interest and relevance to your career aims.

With guidance from our staff (all leaders in the field) and in a lively and supportive student community, you will take part in social and philosophical reflection and debate, and critically analyse the themes that dominate today’s academic and policy communities.

You will take an in-depth approach to policy analysis, as well as exploring international and comparative perspectives on education and training.

Programme structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars/ presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.

You will complete two compulsory courses and three optional courses, as well as training in research methods.

On completion of these courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Education Policy and the Politics of Education
The sources of knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis
Research Methods: Planning Research
Dissertation (MSc Education)

Optional courses may include:

Adult Education and Life Long Learning
Child and Adolescent Development
Developmental Disabilities: A Psychological Approach
International Perspectives on Education and Training
Learners, Learning and Teaching
Philosophical Foundations of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
Ethics and Education: The Normative Dimensions of Education
Human Resource Development: theory and practice
Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
The Nature of Enquiry
Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Training
Qualitative Data Research
Comparative Analysis in Education
Children and Technology
The Curriculum: Context, Change and Development

Career opportunities

This broad programme can open up a similarly diverse range of career options. Past students have undertaken further study and doctoral research, while others have applied their knowledge and skills to a variety of education-related fields, from school teaching, educational policy and administration, to recruitment, charity-related educational research and political advisory roles.

You will graduate with a highly regarded degree and transferable skills in areas such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

Visit the Education (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant educational experience.

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