MSc Education

Study our Masters in Education to advance your understanding of both UK and international education and specialise in some of the most important fields in education.

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration 12 months full time
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus

Overview

Our Masters in Education is designed for established educationalists, aiming to advance their understanding of education, as well as those looking to convert their career to this field.

The University of Stirling has a strong reputation for the study of Education and we hold expertise in Digital Pedagogies, Leadership and Curriculum. Throughout this course, international scholarly perspectives are incorporated within learning and teaching, including blended learning and the inclusion of multilingual and translanguaging pedagogical practices.

The course will give you the opportunity to specialise in some of the most important fields in education: digital pedagogies, curriculum and leadership. You’ll be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to make identifiable contributions to public and private education spaces, including international government, research and practice.

You will study a compulsory diet of education philosophy, social justice, and policy, alongside research methods in the social sciences. You will also choose a modular pathway in either digital education, curriculum or leadership, or a combination of two modules from these pathways, completing your studies with a dissertation in a related topic of your choice.

The quality learning experiences offered by the MSc in Education are underpinned by international scholarly perspectives and approaches that enable you to facilitate and assimilate knowledge via your own and others’ cultural lenses and language practices.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

This course aims to advance your understanding of UK and international education to progress your career in education contexts. On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • engage in innovative and creative approaches that impact the field of Education across sectors
  • adopt socially intelligent practices in Education, become critically literate in a range of education studies, including Digital Pedagogies, Curriculum, and Leadership
  • demonstrate digital specialisms, drawing directly from learning in digital literacies
  • enact responsible practices with regard to a wide range of issues in education, within the overarching theme of social justice
  • encourage positive change across the Education sector locally and internationally

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Our staff routinely keep abreast of changing cultural and education climates, and the ongoing development of pedagogies, to meet the developing needs of the student body.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

One reference required as standard.

Permission to study in the UK.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 105 overall with a minimum of 95 in each sub-skill
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - High Pass with a minimum of 152/200 overall and 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 24 March 2022

If you are from India, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

You will learn via blended learning opportunities, including face-to-face seminars and lectures, digital platforms which will help you to progress your learning online and you will also receive online and face-to-face lecturer support and feedback throughout the course.

The Masters in Education aims to:

  • Develop innovative, critical thinking, subject specialists and informed, innovative, critical and contemporary thinkers. You will be able to make an impact in the field of education, with a particular focus on Digital Learning, Leadership and Curriculum
  • Equip you to become a digitally literate leader, with social justice at the centre of your knowledge production and education practice
  • Create partnership and knowledge exchange opportunities for the university, students and staff, through creating links with potential partnership institutions, international learning hubs and knowledge transfer initiatives

 

Modules

Compulsory modules:

  • What is Education?
  • Education and Social Justice
  • Education and Policy
  • Research Design and Process
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Pedagogies of Technology
  • Learn, Work & Lead Critically with AI & Data
  • Educational Leadership 1
  • Educational Leadership 2
  • Curriculum: Concepts and Practices
  • Key Debates in Curriculum Studies

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

Teaching

The Masters in Education is taught via a blended learning approach, including face-to-face seminars and lectures, digital platforms and online lecturer support and feedback throughout the course.

You will benefit from specific learning opportunities, created to encourage development in teamwork, communication, interpersonal skills, creativity and problem-solving, skills that employers value. These quality learning experiences are underpinned by international scholarly perspectives and approaches that enable you to facilitate and assimilate knowledge via your own and others’ cultural lenses and language practices.

The innovative pedagogies employed in the Education Subject Group at Stirling, critically engage with Universal Design for Learning methodologies, suggested to be particularly effective for language learners and students with diverse needs, diagnosed or not.

Specifically, said pedagogical approaches include:

  • Encouraging students to adopt translanguaging practices for learning, where students will be encouraged to learn in their own language(s), whilst reporting back in English. Specifically, students will be encouraged to draw from sources derived from their country of origin, in order to support deep learning, consolidation of course content and intercultural lenses in learning
  • Encouragement of non-anglo-centric approaches to knowledge exchange, including sharing of international scholarly knowledge and cultural experiences, to enhance and develop further international perspectives on education
  • Explicit guidelines and expectations around academic writing, assessment and plagiarism
  • Clear expectations for engagement (turn-taking for all, for example)
  • SLS induction event and use of SLS resources specifically for OS students
  • Flexible approaches to assessment, including critical approaches to ‘authentic assessment’, enabling students to produce written / oral pieces and digital artefacts that create learning outcomes that are applicable to the workplace
  • Drop-in / Q+A sessions to enable students to gain face-to-face formative feedback and guidance
  • Recorded lectures with worksheets, points for recap, consolidation and progression
  • Online lectures in headlined sections, to enable iterative learning opportunities
  • Routine chunking of all materials and delivery, where structure of seminar / lecture / workshop delivery is designed to include regular plenary and mini-plenaries
  • Peer mentoring and buddy schemes, to support learning and consolidation

Assessment

Assessment will be both formative and summative, with summative assessments taking the form of written reports, enquiry-based projects, presentations and digital artefacts. There are no formal exams associated with this MSc.

There are varied summative, multi-modal assignments across modules, including written, verbal and digital outputs, incorporating presentations, enquiry-based projects, written assignments and digital artefacts, alongside formative assessment to scaffold learning and outcome.

Classroom hours

All modules within the course are run face to face, with blended elements, apart from two modules, designed to be run online due to their content:  

  • Pedagogoies of Technology
  • Learn, Work and Lead Critically with AI & Data

Most modules will include 24 scheduled hours and 176 independent study hours, totalling 200 hours overall. The Dissertation module includes 15 scheduled hours, 10 hours supervised and 575 independent study hours: a total of 600 hours.

Course director

Dr. Karen A. Lowing

Karen is Lecturer and Subject Group Lead (joint) for Education. She is also Director for the MSc Education Programme and Lead for the Secondary English with Education ITE Pathway. Karen supervises Masters students (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) and provides joint Doctoral Supervision (Leadership in FE).

Karen is a member of the interdisciplinary Educational Linguistics research area, the Scottish Studies at Stirling group and Education Practice / Theory Research Group at Stirling. She is also a member of the Northern Scotland Journal Editorial Board. Karen is currently working towards Principal Fellow, Advanced HE.

Key staff

Module Lead, What is Education?: Dr. John I’Anson

John is currently Principal Investigator for a Scottish Government research project (2018-21) that inquires into how teachers promote equity in schools through translating theory into practice and supporting colleagues in mentoring relations. He currently lectures on the Initial Teacher Education (ITE), Professional Education Masters, and Master of Education Research programmes within the Faculty of Social Sciences. His book, Schooling Indifference (Routledge, 2017), written with Alison Jasper, explores ways in which cultural difference might be engaged within education. He has also written on educational theory, inclusion, and children's rights. John was until recently Convenor of the Research in Children's Rights network for the European Conference on Educational Research. He is currently Depute Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling.  

Module Lead, Education and Social Justice: Dr Julie Shaughnessy

Juile was a primary school teacher prior to entering Higher Education. She formally held senior positions leading Teacher Education and Professional Doctorate Programmes at the University of Roehampton, London. Her research interests have focused around themes relating to the different ways to understand learning. Julie has undertaken a range of funded research projects focusing on teacher development, behaviour and violence in schools, exclusion, social justice and learning in HE. She has been involved in a range of national and international research networks, examples of which include: Society for Research in Higher Education (Supervisory Pedagogy to support critical voice and theorisation); Womankind Worldwide: Challenging violence, changing lives; establishing the UK Observatory (UKO) for the Promotion of Non-Violence as a national initiative committed to addressing key issues of aggression, bullying anti-social behaviour and violence, and improving the emotional health and well-being of children and young people. She also has undertaken curriculum projects in Primary Physical Education. In addition, Julie has also worked as a consultant for the European Union, Department for Education, UNICEF and NSPCC. Julie has worked as an external examiner at five HEI's and currently externally examines the MRes and EdD at the University of Winchester. Julie is a Senior Fellow (D3) of the Higher Education Academy and a SEDA accredited research supervisor. Outside of University life Julie enjoys a range of sporting activities and is a lover of the outdoors. She also participates in supporting young people's participation through sport and adventure.

Digital Modular Pathway Lead: Dr Terrie-Lynn Thompson

Terrie-Lynn is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Education, University of Stirling. She holds a PhD from the University of Alberta in Canada and completed a SSHRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship at Athabasca University (Canada’s open university). Her program of research focuses on how professional work-learning practices and pedagogical spaces are changing globally, as new web and mobile technologies are increasingly integrated into work and everyday life routines. 

Education Leadership Pathway Lead: Dr Gary Husband

Gary is a Lecturer in Professional Education and Leadership and the joint subject group lead for Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences. As part of the University of Stirling, Gary sits on the governing board of Newbattle Abbey College and is also the President of the Association for Research in Post Compulaory Education. Gary is the chief examiner for PGCert (HE) at the University of Stirling. Gary is currently a Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Sunderland. Gary's research work is currently as a co-investigator on the ESRC funded (£1M) project focusing on Governance in colleges of further education across the UK. Gary has undertaken consultancy work for the Scottish Government in relation to the Scottish College Improvement Project and was in 2019 invited to be a visiting scholar in the University of Tasmania. Gary teaches on the MSc in Professional Education and Leadership and convenes the Coaching and Mentoring, Middle Leadership and Engaging Critically with Professional Practices modules. 

Curriculum Pathway Lead: Professor Mark Priestley

Mark is Professor of Education and the Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies. He is also Lead Editor of the Curriculum Journal. He started his career in education as a teacher of History, working in a number of secondary schools in England and New Zealand, where he also taught Geography, RE, Humanities and Social Studies. In New Zealand, he was the Coordinating Lecturer of Christchurch College of Education's Nelson campus from January 1999 until June 2000. Since arriving at the former School of Education at Stirling in 2001, he has taken on a number of roles. He was Deputy Dean/Deputy Head of School from 2014-2018, Director of Initial Teacher Education between 2004 and 2007, and Director of the First Year Educational Studies Programme between 2009 and 2011. 

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£7,700£8,200
Students from the Republic of Ireland£7,700£8,200
Overseas (non-EU) students£18,645£19,145
European Union students£18,645£19,145

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

Successful completion of the Masters in Education will place you at the cutting edge of international critical thinking, as a digitally literate leader, actively engaged with sustainable practices in policy, curriculum and knowledge production within education.

  • Possible areas for career opportunities include:
  • Education Research
  • Education and Government – policy/administration
  • Education Consultancy
  • Education in the Arts and Heritage industries
  • Activist Organisations
  • Private and community education providers

Completion of the MSc in Education also provides you with the opportunity to continue your studies at doctoral-level at the University of Stirling, with the options of EdD, Prof Doc or PhD.

Employability skills

The MSc in Education at the University of Stirling will provide you with a range of hard skills, including digital learning, and soft skills in teamwork, communication, interpersonal skills, creativity and problem-solving, which international and UK based employers will find attractive.

 

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