for Education MA (Hons)
This information is for applicants who have received an invitation to an interview for MA (Hons) Education. We are currently reviewing the format and method used for interviews. We aim to have this confirmed for September.
About your interview
If you are invited to interview you must attend in person on one of the pre-scheduled dates. In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to offer you a video interview. For further information, please email us.
When you receive your interview booking confirmation, you will see your arrival time stated clearly. This time includes registration so there is no need to arrive earlier than the time stated.
Before you begin your interview, we will verify your identity against the details provided in your application. Please bring your photo ID with you on the day.
This will take around 45 minutes.
Issued by a government agency or professional institution showing your name, date of birth, and a clear image of your face.
Examples include your photocard driving licence (full or provisional), passport, national ID card or Young Scot card.
Your interview will be made up of three selection activities, each conducted by a panel made up of teachers and University staff:
- Group task
At the beginning of your interview, you will undertake a task with a group of other applicants.
- You will present a two-minute prepared presentation to the rest of the group (approximately 9 other applicants and the interview panel).
- You should share your response to the following question with reference to your future role as a primary teacher: "Does poverty matter when it comes to learning and attainment?".
- You should present without visual aids such as PowerPoint and we ask that you do not read from notes. You may use brief notes written on cue cards for reference.
You will find it useful to access these documents to help with your research:
- Problem solving
The final section of your interview will take the form of two different group tasks:
- A problem-solving activity based on a scenario
- A discussion on engaging learners within a specific context
It’s natural to want to share you experience with others, however, we ask you not to discuss the specific topics or tasks at the stations with other applicants, school friends, or online.
Although there is little evidence that knowing the station details in advance makes a different to performance, we feel that the integrity of the system is better upheld if the topics and tasks of individual stations are confidential. We would appreciate your cooperation with this.
On the day
Managing your nerves
We recognise that interviews are stressful. We don’t want this to stop you from giving your best performance. If it’s obvious that you’re becoming a bit flustered, our interviewers will be helpful and encouraging and will put you at ease.
Dress smartly, please don't wear jeans or trainers. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.
On the day of your interview, tours of our Dundee City campus (including accommodation) will be available at 12:00 and 15:00. Tours will depart and arrive from the Dalhousie Building and will take approximately 40 minutes.
If these times don’t work for you, please email us and we will try our best to arrange an alternative time for you.
Invite to interview
If you are invited to interview, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address in mid-December. You will not be notified of an invitation via UCAS.
Rather than issuing all invitations at once, we release them in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team.
Where possible, we will try to give you at least two weeks' notice to allow you to make your travel arrangements.
We hold our interviews throughout January and February. It is wise not to plan holidays over this period so that you don’t miss out on an interview date. Our booking system will allow you to choose from a selection of dates and times and we advise that you book quickly to secure a slot which is best for you.
When making travel arrangements you should plan to be with us for approximately three and a half hours:
- Registration: 45 minutes
- Interview: 120 minutes
- Optional tour of campus: 40 minutes
Before we can make any decisions, all interviews must be completed. We will make our final decisions by the end of March and let you know via UCAS and by email to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address.
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN
Please wait in the main reception area of the Dalhousie Building, a Student Ambassador will be there to greet you. We ask that you arrive no earlier that 15 minutes before your scheduled time.