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Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary


This programme offers teachers and educational professionals opportunities to learn across a range of areas within the broad field of education.

Education professionals in the twenty-first century are expected to have strong knowledge and skills in core areas as well as an ability to move flexibly in and out of a variety of specialist areas. This Educational Studies programme is designed to meet these diverse needs by offering students the opportunity to select modules from a wide range of topics including: learning and teaching, assessment, educational leadership, inclusion and special educational needs.

The programme offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current research on these topics. In addition, students are encouraged to consider and reflect on the practical implications of theoretical perspectives and research findings.

The MEd in Educational Studies is open to teachers in primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level institutions as well as to professionals in other fields of education.

Career Prospects


Graduates from this degree have found the skills and knowledge learned to be beneficial in their workplace by improving their professional practice. In the case of teachers this has meant the development of research-informed practice and the ability to lead professional development within their schools.

Furthermore, a higher degree can enhance employment prospects to help secure future promotion. Having deepened their knowledge in a specific area, other students have chosen to continue academic study to doctoral level.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Different course options

Full time | Queen's University Belfast | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (20 Credits) - Core
Curriculum: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 Credits)
Understanding Adults with ASD (20 Credits)
The Intellectual Foundations of Special Education (20 Credits)
Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity (20 Credits)
School Effectiveness and School Improvement (20 Credits)
Reimagining Special Needs Education: Inclusive Pedagogy (20 Credits)
Reflective Practice and Action Research (10 Credits)
Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms (20 Credits)
Behaviour Change and Education (20 Credits)
Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Teaching (20 Credits)
Understanding Children with ASD (20 Credits)
Digital Literacy and Communication (20 Credits)
Education, the Law and Children's Rights (20 Credits)
Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change (20 Credits)
Leadership for Change (20 Credits)
Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

Department profile

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast A Community of Scholars We are a busy, multidisciplinary community of learners, dedicated to using the wide range of subjects on the arts and humanities to make a difference in lives locally, nationally and internationally. We are home to some 7600 students and 700 academic and support staff who work in five Schools – Arts, English and Languages, History,...more