• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 36 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time+Distance Learning

The Master of Education is a suite of postgraduate modules in professional development for teachers and professionals who work, or have experience of working, in an educational setting. The course is fully recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

The Master of Education MEd is the first in Scotland to be recognised by the International Baccalaureate as meeting the professional development requirements of:

  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research
  • Certificate in Leadership Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research

The Master of Education programme is essential for all professionals who work in an educational setting and wish to enhance their professional learning and improve career progression prospects.  Students can tailor the educational experience to suit their individual experience, needs and interests. The programme can be accessed entirely at a distance via the University virtual learning environment. There are both workplace based and non-workplace based routes through the programme.

Professional Recognition

The course is fully recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

International Baccalaureate

The course is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. On completion participants can register for an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research, Certificate in Leadership Practice and Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research to pursue a career in public, private or international schools across the world.

International Baccalaureate

The programme is recognised by the International Baccalaureate as meeting the professional development requirements of,

  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research
  • Certificate in Leadership Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research

IBO recognition

The Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning offers students the opportunity to examine the principles and practices associated with one of the three IB Programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes).

The Leadership certificates provides participants with an understanding of Leadership within an IB setting as well as giving opportunities to develop future practice. The courses that lead to the certificates shape experienced educators into reflective practitioners and teacher researchers.

These certificates afford the opportunity of pursuing a career in public, private or international schools across the world.

IB Certificate in Leadership Practice

The IB certificate in leadership practice is designed for educators and administrators who want to improve their leadership capabilities in an IB context. Participants develop and refine their capacity to play a role in guiding a school through IB authorization.

Programme Structure

Leadership, Change and Organisational Development 30 credits
Reflecting on Leadership in the IB 30 credits
Exit with a PG Certificate (60 Credits)

There are no prerequisites for teaching in an IB school to apply for this award. School/Education experience is required for any aspect of the MEd.

You can continue on from this to the Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research, see below.

IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research

The IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research provides a more profound understanding of leadership responsibilities and capabilities through rigorous investigative work. It includes research within IB leadership contexts as well as deep reflection on the students’ own leadership practice. Please obtain enrolment and registration forms from the university following your application to the MEd.

Programme Structure

Option 1Option 2
Leadership, Change and Organisational Development 30 credits Reflecting Upon Practice 30 credits
Reflecting on Leadership in the IB 30 credits Leadership, Change and Organisational Development 30 credits
*Option (links to Leadership) 30 credits
Research Methods 30 credits
Dissertation - focus on Leadership in IB 60 credits
Exit with MEd in a chosen named award (180 Credits) Register for the IB Certificate

There are no prerequisites for teaching in an IB school to apply for this award. School/Education experience is required for any aspect of the MEd. You can continue on from the Certificate in Leadership Practice, see Option 1 or complete the MEd standard route, Option 2.

IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research

With IB certification, you gain a rich learning experience, ongoing professional development and the flexibility to follow a learning model that best fits your career path. The IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research offers students the opportunity to supplement their existing IB experience with rigorous, systematic investigative work to further their knowledge and experience. Participants delve deeper into curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment through exploring relevant literature and their own IB practices.

Programme Structure

RUP 30 credits
*Option 1 30 credits
*Option 2 30 credits
Research Methods 30 credits
Exit with an MEd (180 Credits) Register for the IB Certificate

To apply for this award, you must have been teaching for at least three years within an IB school.

The advanced certificate can be applied for following full completing of the MEd. If you exit earlier, there are no options to gain an IB certificate.

There is no specific focus for study although it is expected the contextual information from your IB school will permeate and the dissertation will have an IB focus.

Length of programme:                            

Postgraduate Certificate 1 year (60 credits)

  • Each route on the MEd has an exit point at Certificate level
  • The IB Certificate in Leadership Practice is at Certificate level 

Postgraduate Diploma 2 years (120 credits)

  • Each route on the MEd has an exit point at Diploma level (This option will not allow you to apply for an advanced Certificate)

Master of Education 3 years (180 credits)

  • All routes on the MEd can progress to the full MEd Certificate

Options are available to complete the course in a shorter time period for students who are not in full time employment.

Timeline for each module

20 weeks (with the exception of the Dissertation which is a double module)

Course structure

Postgraduate Certificate - 2 x 30 credit modules per year

Postgraduate Diploma - 2 x 30 credit modules per year

Master of Education - 1 x 60 credit module

DegreeLength of study, Distance learning (optional workshops are offered for some modules subject to student numbers)
MEd 1800 hours of part-time study ( 6 x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4 x 30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

Who should study this course?

Entry to the programme is open to teachers and professionals with experience of working in educational settings who have a degree or equivalent and relevant experience.  Applicants do not have to be currently employed in an educational setting. There is option for a non-workplace based route through the MEd programme as some modules do not require students to be in a workplace-based setting.

What are the aims of the programme?

The programme is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and professional values necessary to enhance international professional practice and builds upon competences developed through experience.