• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2.5 Years


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 Masters 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.

There are various routes to take on our Masters in Education, so you can tailor your studies to match your experiences and your career goals. Choose from the following options:

  • Psychological and international perspectives in adult education
  • Assessment and pedagogy
  • Inclusive and special education

Our university is the highest-ranked Russell Group university for teaching. Studying at our School of Education, you'll learn from lecturers at the forefront of educational research.

There are many benefits of a masters degree in education online. As well as being able to tailor your learning to fit your lifestyle, studying this programme also means you don't have to sacrifice your current career to pursue a new one.


On successful completion of our this programme, you will be able to:

  • understand key theories, concepts and debates in education
  • evaluate current practices, policies, theories and research across a range of contexts
  • explore current education trends and issues
  • reflect upon the application of education policy, theory and research
  • conduct a substantial piece of applied research
  • critically analyse educational policy, practice, theory and research in specific contexts and settings
  • appraise your experience as a learner and/or educator 
  • critically reflect upon the practical application of educational policy, theory and research
  • apply postgraduate-level academic literacy and IT skills
  • identify and evaluate relevant academic material for use in assignments, discussion and debate
  • assemble, analyse and critique current research relevant to your contexts and use this to identify areas for your own enquiries
  • collate and analyse information from a range of sources relevant to specific issues
  • write clear, accurate and insightful analytical texts
  • debate issues with peers from similar and different contexts
  • use IT skills in information retrieval, document preparation and discussion
  • conduct applied research in a specific context using practical skills of enquiry
  • apply organisational, project management and academic planning skills


The fact that our masters degree 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 masters 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.


This programme has 80 credits of core courses and 40 credits of optional courses plus a 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 (AE)
    - Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CAP)
    - Inclusive and Special Education (ISE)

If you are following the general programme, you will be able to choose from the optional courses available in each year of study. 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.

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.

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

  • EDUC5933Dissertation60 Credits

    Complete a guided enquiry project focusing on a specific aspect of education of professional/personal relevance. Students on a named pathway will undertake a Dissertation study relevant to that pathway. Undertake a supervised research exercise on a subject relevant to the professional/personal interests in education. This could include policy analysis, a philosophical study, an analysis of professional experience, a participant observation report, a case study; a critical account of the progressive building up of a curriculum or institution; a macro-study of official statistics.

  • EDUC5934Principles and Practices of Research20 Credits

    Designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to successfully undertake and evaluate research and professional enquiry using qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research. The course has a strong practical orientation and formative activities are directly related to the summative assignments.

  • EDUC5935Research Application20 Credits

    Construct a viable dissertation proposal, with particular focus on the enquiry methodology, methods and instruments and ethical considerations of your proposed dissertation studies.

  • EDUC5999Education Policy and the Politics of Education20 Credits

    Gain a general understanding of education as a broad academic field, while introducing yourself to policy studies. Policy scholars are aware that contemporary debates, disputes and competing ideologies and understandings of education across sectors and contexts take place in and around education policy making.

  • EDUC51000Modern Educational Thinking20 Credits

    Explore significant concepts, debates and discourses on the theoretical issues that are important for students engaged in the study and practice of education. Modern Educational Thinking focuses on central questions around the aims and purposes of education and the ways in which it plays out in a variety of professional practice and policy contexts.

  • International Issues (AE)20 Credits

    Identifies the major influences upon the historic traditions of adult and continuing education in the UK and internationally. Building upon this historic background, current developments in adult education will be located within the context of contemporary social and economic trends.

  • EDUC51019Psychology of Adult Learning (AE)20 Credits

    Designed to promote an awareness of important psychological characteristics of adults as learners. It takes into account the influence of culture, ethnicity, gender, ageing, personality and political climate.

  • EDUC51020Education for All (ISE)20 Credits

    This course explores significant concepts, debates, legislation and discourses on issues that are important for students engaged in the study and practice of inclusive special education. This course focusses on international legislation as well as recent critical debates and discourses on inclusive special education.

  • EDUC51021Working Together Creating Inclusive Learning Environments (ISE)20 Credits

    This course focusses on the centrality of a collaborative approach in promoting effective learning and teaching in inclusive special education settings. It offers an opportunity to consider the range of stakeholders involved in the education of children and young people and how these sometimes disparate groups might work together effectively to support young people in inclusive special education.

  • EDUC5942International Perspectives (CAP)20 Credits

    Focusing on critical engagement with international trends, underpinning values and theories which impact upon decisions on policy and practice in curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. Drawing on knowledge of practice and policy in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, you will analyse recent powerful influences on issues of student and teacher agency, equity and student competences.

  • EDUC5943Understanding Learners (CAP)20 Credits

    You’ll critically explore the complexities of the inter-relationships amongst curriculum, assessment and pedagogy as experienced through the eyes of learners. You’ll learn about ecological theories and perspectives on learners, learning and communities and engage in critical discourse about tensions that exist across curriculum, assessment and pedagogy and the experiences of learners in a variety of policy and practice contexts.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. 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.
  2. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. For more information visit our FAQs page, or contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • 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 or certified 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 (if detailed above).
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae and a supporting statement.

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

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.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
6 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
6 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £15,000*
  • International: £15,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During 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.

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