• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Develop advanced critical, analytical and research skills in a broad range of educational contexts. Our flexible on-campus course can be tailored to your interests.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Our Master of Education (MEd) is for professionals with some teaching or educational experience.  It focuses on the complex issues and challenges of 21st century education.  

At Dundee, we have a range of expertise and experience, including interdisciplinarity (a unique strength of the course), leadership, research, inclusion and international education. We are particularly keen to establish links between theory and practice.

Flexible course

When you study for the MEd, you will engage with advanced level educational theory and develop the knowledge base and enquiry skills required to understand and contribute to 21st century education.

During the course, you will reflect critically upon your own practice as well as current educational issues and debates.

You will engage with the challenges and opportunities of inter-professional collaboration and gain the knowledge and skills to lead learning and teaching in your educational setting.

A key part of this course is your Master’s level dissertation.  You will build up your research skills during the first semester, in order to apply them to educational issues.  Explore and examine these educational issues to develop new ways of thinking and understanding.

This course will not provide you with a teaching qualification. 

"I wanted a course which would examine what education is for, how schools have evolved to be the way they are, and how the future education system can be shaped. Studying the ethics within the cultural, financial, social, political and technological pressures driving our education system is fascinating. I was most surprised at what it feels like to be surrounded by such an intelligent community with a shared interest. It’s such a positive culture – I wish every teacher could have an opportunity to come here to study again for a year in the middle of their career. It’s hugely motivating."

MEd student 2018/19


Postgraduate student taking part in a work-based project in a primary school classroom

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

At the University of Dundee, we emphasise the development of autonomous and self-directed learning, with support and guidance through structured personal tutor and module leaders.  Our approaches may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group based discussions
  • Enquiry and action learning – collaborative research and problem solving.
  • Collaborative group inquiry activities (including inter-professional collaboration)
  • Online materials - discussion boards, academic activities, core materials and signposts to literature.
  • Independent and autonomous study and research which is supported and guided by module leaders and /or personal tutors.
  • Option for work based project to situate learning and research.


How you will be assessed

Assessment methods may include a combination of:

  • reflective and critical essays
  • oral presentations
  • research visualisations
  • research reports

What you will be taught

Core modules

The core modules available to students include the following:

Core Module: Reflecting Upon Practice (PD50189)

Credits: 30

The module aims to provide participants with a framework to enable them to reflect critically on their professional development and their current practice, and as a result enable them to formulate an appropriate professional development action plan.

The module will introduce participants to a professional development model that involves: reflecting on their personal and professional development; engaging with the debates and professional enquiries that have led them to their professional thinking, philosophies and views; reflection upon their current approaches and learning and teaching practice; a self-evaluation of professional development needs and directions.

Core Module: Research Methods for Professional Inquiry (PD50177)
Credits: 30

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to research methodology and methods. In the course of the module you will develop an appreciation of what is entailed in conducting research in a professional field. The module content will follow the stages of research, starting with the research problem/question through to the presentation of findings.  This module is also intended to prepare you to progress on to a small scale enquiry and to begin to think about the academic research process and the task of developing and conducting a research study.

Core Module: Dissertation (PD50206)
Credits: 60

The culmination of a Masters programme is a substantial piece of work which will contribute to the development and enhancement of professional knowledge and practice for the writer and others across a range of professional fields. Students are expected to show that they can exercise independent critical judgement and that they have command of the necessary research processes required to carry forward and report a systematic investigation, either empirical or philosophical. They are also required to show that they can apply what they have learned through their studies to set up a project which will inform research or will explore an aspect of practice. A study of this professional standing and worth must be well planned and resourced, engage with research and public theories, be critically reflective and explore the assumptions that underpin practice.


Optional Modules

The optional modules available to students include the following:

Leadership, change and Organisational Development (PD50175)
Credits: 30

This module introduces participants to the concept of leadership and its role within strategic development, organisational learning and communities of practice. Participants will explore and critically appraise the significance of leadership, its relation to management and impact on organisational development. With reference to current literature and research, participants will examine theories of leadership and how leadership differs from management within organisations. It also asks participants to explore the key principles of vision and values, culture and climate. Participants will be asked to consider personal and professional values and the notion of a systems view in the context of guiding organisational change.

Innovation in Education (PD50192)
Credits: 30

This module will allow participants to investigate the development of education and curriculum and consider relevant theoretical models. This will include consideration of what constitutes innovation in education backed up with reference to relevant theory, research and policy. Students will engage in critical analysis of the political, socio-economic, cultural, historical and technological factors that drive and influence educational reform. During the module students will evaluate recent examples of educational innovation and critically evaluate the effectiveness or potential effectiveness of these drawing on theory, research and policy. Ultimately there will be a consideration of implications for the student's future practice in light of a deeper understanding of the subject of innovation within education.

International Education (PD50194)
Credits: 30

This module provides practitioners the opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes in relation to International Education. It provides a critical understanding of principal theories and concepts associated with International Education. Students explore this field by studying key concepts such as citizenship, intercultural awareness, multicultural education, international and comparative education. The focus of the course enables practitioners to develop a school/work-based initiative related to International Education by providing an overview and reflecting on their own international, national and institutional policy and practice context.

Collaborative Working (PD50214)
Credits: 30

Students will be able to critically analyse different approaches to collaborative working and the factors impacting on their effectiveness. They will also be able to evaluate collaborative inquiry methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, professional peers from a wide range of backgrounds across the Masters Framework. The module assessment will be tailored to student's prior experiences and professional expertise.

By engaging with the MEd course you are able to influence your own professional learning journey and take control of your own CPD. As a result of this you can greatly enhance your prospects for future career advancement.

This course has given graduates the opportunity to move into senior management position within educational settings as well as being able to share their expertise to enhance education provision locally, nationally and globally.

Although this course is full-time there may be the opportunity to undertake paid employment and work part-time during your studies (dependent on visa restrictions). If you are a teacher registered with the GTCS you may be able to combine your studies with work as a supply teacher in a Scottish school.

This course does not include teaching practice/placement, and does not qualify you to teach in Scotland, however you will be eligible to access the School Tutoring Programme which allows you to get work experience in a Scottish school. Details are available on the Careers - School Tutoring Programme website

You'll need to be a graduate or be able to provide evidence that you can work at postgraduate level. You also need to have experience of working in educational settings however you do not have to be currently employed in an educational setting.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowEducation (Leading Learning & Teaching) [Full Time] MEdP060443

Course Contact

Dr Richard Ingram
Education and Social Work
+44 (0)1382 381471

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