The Master of Education programme is an internationally recognised teaching qualification with a strong focus on the theory of learning and on how theory and practice are effectively used in the classroom to support all learners in the 21st century.
This programme offers you the opportunity to graduate with an MA (Hons) in Education with Teaching Qualification after four years of study or to progress to a Masters degree, where your fifth year of study will be undertaken once you have qualified as a teacher.
You will study the role of education within society and the nature of learning within the primary curriculum, and you will choose a course of study for a period of two years from the School of Social & Political Sciences: Sociology, Politics, or Social & Public Policy.
If you intend to follow the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education, the University’s School of Education offers you the opportunity to study Theology.
Your studies will build on the knowledge and skills gleaned in year 1 of the MEduc, following a similar pattern of courses but offering different learning contexts and new challenges.
You will expand upon your understanding of teaching and its connection with theory, your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum and your ability to reflect and improve on your own practice. You will also begin to enquire systematically into your own practice and choose an area of study from a number of electives.
You will develop and link the ideas of how education impacts on society, what the most effective practices within the classroom are, and how you can enquire into your own teaching and improve it by using evidence-based approaches. You will be able to take another elective in this year.
Special Glasgow feature
This is a Masters degree qualification with undergraduate entry. You will graduate after year 4 qualified to teach with a Masters Diploma in Education (a higher qualification than a BEd degree). At any stage in the subsequent five years you will be able to complete the remaining credits in fulfilment of your Masters degree. This can be done on a part-time basis while in full-time work as a teacher. Studies will continue to blend theoretical and research approaches with classroom practice.
Students who do not wish to proceed to Masters will have the option of qualifying after four years of study with an MA (Hons) in Education with Teaching Qualification (Primary).
Our international links
In your third year of study you may be able to apply to study abroad, either for a short visit (eg three weeks) or for a longer period (eg one semester or a year). At present, students in the School of Education enjoy opportunities to study in the USA, Australia and various locations across Europe. See: Study abroad.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English A-level and GCSE Maths at Grades A or B. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
- Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAB. S6 entry requirement = AAABB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2017 once all applications have been reviewed.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English Higher and Maths Standard Grade/Intermediate 2/National 5 at Grades A or B. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from ABBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL5 and Maths at SL4. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
As part of our selection process, interviews will be held from January.
If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
As part of its remit from the Scottish Government, the School of Education, through the St Andrew's Foundation, provides for the preparation of students to teach in Catholic Schools in Scotland. Applicants who are interested in becoming teachers in Catholic schools are encouraged to indicate this in their personal statement on application. Successful applicants with an interest in teaching in Catholic schools are then able to complete the Catholic Teachers Certificate in Religious Education concurrently with their teaching qualification. It should be noted that an applicant's interest in teaching in Catholic schools is not a prerequisite for admission into the School’s initial teacher education programmes.
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Education with Teaching Qualifications (Primary): 4Q21
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
British Sign Language
UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.