Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for, without having to relocate to our campus.
With a huge discrepancy in educational standards both nationally and internationally, there's a need for quality teachers and curriculum leaders. If you're committed to providing the best opportunities for all, this course is ideal. By giving you insights into the learning process and the policies and practices involved in education, our online Master of Science in Education will help you to further your career in education. Building on your professional experiences and personal interests, our programme will deepen your understanding of education. Within an international online learning community, you'll analyse and discuss leading research, current practices and relevant policies.
- Online distance learning
- Teaching start:
Monday, 11 January 2021
Monday, 19 April 2021
- MSc: 30 months part‑time
Why this programme
- The University of Glasgow's School of Education is ranked 1st in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021 and Times University Guide 2019).
- Choose from our different study routes in order to tailor your studies to match your experiences and your career goals. These concentrations are as follows: psychological and international perspectives in adult education, assessment and pedagogy or inclusive and special education.
- You'll learn from lecturers at the forefront of educational research, as our School of Education is ranked 6th in the UK for ‘Research Power’ – Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- As well as being able to tailor your learning to fit your lifestyle, studying on this programme also means you don't have to sacrifice your current career to pursue a new one.
The duration of this programme is 2.5 years - 6 years taken on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.
- 2 x 20 credit core courses
- 1 x 20 credit specialist pathway course
- 2 x 20 credit core courses
- 1 x 20 credit specialist pathway course
- 1 x 60 credit dissertation
With this programme you can choose your own specialist pathway. After completing the core courses in years one and two, you will be able to undertake a further two optional courses (one in each year). If you wish to specialise your studies according to the pathways available, you would choose the specific courses relating to that subject area:
- Adult Education
- Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
- Inclusive and Special Education
Alternatively, you can tailor the programme to suit your career goals by opting for a general pathway. You will be able to choose from any of the optional courses available from the three different pathways. You will also complete a dissertation in year 3. This will reflect your research interests.
Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.
Optional courses (select one)
- THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT LEARNING (ONLINE LEARNING)
- CURRICULUM, ASSESSMENT AND PEDAGOGY: UNDERSTANDING LEARNERS
- EDUCATION FOR ALL: INCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION
Optional courses (select one, based on your chosen specialist pathway)
- INTERNATIONAL ISSUES IN ADULT EDUCATION (DISTANCE)
- CURRICULUM, ASSESSMENT AND PEDAGOGY: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
- WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
- Critically analyse educational policy, practice, theory and research in specific contexts and settings.
- Critically reflect upon the practical application of educational policy, theory and research.
- Identify and evaluate relevant academic material for use in assignments, discussion and debate.
- Using a range of sources, assemble, analyse and critique current research relevant to your contexts and use this to identify areas for your own enquiries in assignments, discussion and debate.
- Debate issues with peers from similar and different contexts.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
The fact that our online MSC in Education offers three pathways enables you tailor your studies to your unique experiences and career goals. These options are designed to provide students with the skills required to follow a choice of careers, including education counsellor, instructional coordinator and school principal.
The online MSc in Education opens up a raft of positions - from primary and secondary schooling to adult education and educational leadership. It is perfect for budding teachers, pre-PhD or -EdD students and education professionals keen to start or further their careers.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
UK / EU / International:
- £15,000 (total cost)
- You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
To be accepted for this programme, you must have at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.
We may consider applicants who fall below the academic requirement where relevant work experience can be demonstrated.
When submitting your application, please include:
- A curriculum vitae
- A supporting statement
English language requirements
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:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- 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
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed 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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit 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 using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
Computer requirements for studying online
Broadband internet connection
- 3 mbps or higher
Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date.
Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:
- Internet Explorer 10 and below
- Safari 7 and below
- Processor: 2GHz
- Operating system (minimum):
- Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X v10.4.11+
- Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
- Hard disk: 300GB
- Sound card and microphone
- Speakers or headphones
- Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher
Mobile device specifications
- iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
- Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
- Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
- Anti-virus software
Advised hardware / software
- Microsoft Office 2010
- Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
- Please note that applications for the January 2021 intake will be accepted up until the 15th December 2020.
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