Undergraduate 

Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

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This degree programme qualifies you to teach craft, graphic communication, design and manufacture, and engineering science in all secondary schools.

  • This is the only teaching technology integrated Masters in Scotland and is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Students who successfully complete this programme are eligible for provisional registration with GTCS.
  • On this programme, students will access a range of unique resources to support rich learning experiences across a breadth of technology areas. These resources include: technology, design and prototyping labs; full-scale workshop facilities; graphics and modelling software; materials testing facilities; virtual reality, 3D scanning and robotic systems.
  • Students will undertake placements in our partner schools in years 1-4 of the programme. Students will also undertake an industrial placement in year 3.
  • Personal choice is built into courses across all years of the programme, and we encourage students to specialise in areas of interest during year 4 taught electives, year 4 professional enquiry and the year 5 dissertation.
  • Students can exit with an honours degree in Year 4 of the programme. Students who wish to continue on the programme can complete an integrated masters year in Year 5 of study, which extends knowledge and critical understanding of Design & Technology Education and practitioner research.
  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Design & Technology Education MDTechEd: H112 5 year degree

Programme structure

The Integrated Masters is a five year programme:

  • Years 1 to 4 consist of core technology and education subjects plus school experience. There is an exit point at the end of year 4 where students can leave with a secondary teaching qualification (Bachelor of Technology with Secondary Education) if they do not wish to complete the integrated Masters programme in year 5. 
  • Year 5 consists of two taught courses and a dissertation. 

Years 1 and 2

You will study subjects including technology craft, design, graphics, electronics, mechanics and mathematics. In addition, there will be also be a focus on learning theory and teaching.

Years 3 and 4

In years 3 and 4 you will further develop your skills across a range of technology courses by exploring themes such as technology and society, materials and sustainable resources. In year 4, you will select an elective study in either Advanced 3D design or Engineering systems & robotics. You will also undertake a final-year project that will develop your skills in practitioner enquiry.

Year 5

In year 5 you will continue your study of education, research methods and practitioner enquiry in the form of a dissertation.

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.

Special Glasgow feature

This is a Masters degree with undergraduate entry which will develop knowledge, skills and research within technology education in secondary schools. It will take five years to complete the Masters aspect of the programme; however students will be qualified to teach in schools at the end of year 4, where they could elect to teach on a supply basis while completing their Masters degree. This in turn will help to inform the 5th year of study and research within technology education. Studies throughout the programme will blend theoretical and research approaches with classroom practice.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2022

Summary of entry requirements for Design & Technology Education

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAABB
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and Higher Mathematics or Higher Science Subject. National 5 Mathematics Grade B. Interview**.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40 – AABB*
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and Higher Mathematics or Higher Science Subject. National 5 Mathematics Grade B. Interview**. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics or a Science Subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or 5 and English Language and Literature at Grade C or 4. Interview**.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and Mathematics or a Science Subject. SL Mathematics at 4. Interview**.

** Please note that we will be unable to provide feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful at interview stage.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Subject to confirmation for 2022 entry

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

FAQs

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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


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.


Career prospects

Graduates from our previous programme had an excellent record of finding employment as secondary school technology teachers and college lecturers. You are guaranteed one year as a probationary teacher upon graduation and can then begin to make your way through the various levels of promotion within schools. A number of our graduates went on to funded postgraduate research, usually working towards a PhD in a topic relevant to their role as educators.

Accreditation

This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MDTechEd

Design & Technology Education: H112 (5 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

 

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Access Bursary

Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to talented students who, for reasons of financial hardship, might not be able to take a place at university. Our RoI Access Bursary is part of our commitment to continue to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The RoI bursary will be up to £2,000 for your first year of study and £1,000 for continuing years.

Payments of the RoI Access Bursary will be detailed in your Award Letter.

  • The RoI Access Bursary will be awarded as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Access Bursary will be paid in 10 instalments from October until July; this award is based on household income
  • The RoI Access Bursary will only be awarded in years where tuition fees of £9,250 apply (i.e. Normally Years 1,2 and 3. Bursary is not paid in Year 4 where no tuition fees are due).

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Excellence Scholarship

The RoI Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained at Irish Higher grades A1, A1, A1, A1 from the Irish Leaving Certificate.  Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.

Payments

  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be processed as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be paid in 2 instalments.
  • The first payment will be in October and the second payment will be in February.

These payments will be credited to the UK bank account held on your MyCampus profile; therefore, it is vital that this is up to date at the start of the session. By submitting your bank details on the MyCampus system, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds.  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society are offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 26 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

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