As a professional in the adult education sector, this Masters programme will provide you with a strong theoretical and philosophical underpinning of your practices, as well as excellent research training that you can apply to further study or your own work.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• If you want to gain a research-based qualification in community education, adult education, human resource development or training, this programme is designed for you.
• You will benefit from our close links to local organisations such as the Workers' Educational Association, as well as other community, further education and higher education institutions.
• You will develop practices in critical reflection and judgement that you can apply in relation to your own approaches to adult education.
• There’s a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.
• Advanced educational research
• Curriculum development
• International issues in adult and continuing education
• Introduction to educational and social research
• Modern educational thought
• The psychology of adult learning.
You will also undertake training in research methods and complete a research project. For the research project you will choose a specific aspect of education for adults and write a dissertation with the support of a supervisor.
Background and Aims
This long running and successful programme was introduced to provide participants working in the adult education sector with a strong theoretical and philosophical underpinning of their practices, as well as excellent research training that could be applied to further study or within their work contexts.
The programme has ties to local organisations such as, GVSO, the WEA and local Community, Further Education and Higher Education institutions.
Who is the programme for?
This programme is for people interested in a professional and academic perspective on educating adults. It includes a strong educational research core, allowing students to conduct research projects in work and future study.
What will you get from this programme?
This programme aims to provide you with:
• A chance to relate theoretical perspectives to your own philosophy of educating adults
• Problem-solving skills relevant to educators of adults
• Critical awareness of a broad range of issues in the education of adults
• The knowledge to contribute to programme planning and policy formation
• Practice in analysing a variety of problems and issues
• Preparation for further academic study
If you have a chance to do some reading before beginning your programme, any one or more of the following books will be useful as background:
• Field, J. (2006) (2nd Ed) Lifelong Learning and the New Educational Order. Stoke: Trentham Books.
• Illeris, K. (2009) Contemporary Theories of Learning. London: Routledge
• Jarvis, P. (2009) The Routledge International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. London: Routledge
• Morgan-Klein, B. and Osborne, M. (2007) The Concepts and Practices of Lifelong Learning. London: Routledge
• Yang, J. and Valdes-Cotera, R. (2011) Conceptual evolution and policy developments in lifelong learning. Hamburg: UNESCO
Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered by the programme leader prior to registration.
Many of our graduates have gained employment in the Higher Education sector, including the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and National Taipai University, as University Teachers or working on projects relating to adult education. Other graduates have entered the Further Education sector and Local Councils.
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.