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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow
School of Education

Course/Program description

The Glasgow School of Education, consisting of the University and St. Andrew’s College, offers a number of postgraduate qualifications in Education awarded by the University. Several University Departments and centres participate in the work of the School. They are: - Education; Adult and Continuing Education; Centre for Science Education; Teaching and Learning Service; Glasgow School of Art.

All taught postgraduate courses are recognised under the Scottish system of Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT). A Master’s degree is rated at 180 SM level points, a postgraduate Diploma at 120 points and a postgraduate Certificate at 60 points and are either full-time or part-time. The Department of Education, which is ESRC recognised, offers research degrees in both part-time and full-time mode

Admission requirements

Recognised university degree or equivalent and also for Doctoral Programme normally not less than 2 years professional experience
Masters (Education)
M.Ed.: Normally a recognised first degree or itsequivalent, professional training in a field of education and/or psychology or a related profession.
M.Phil.: Relevant degree or equivalent and career experience, not necessarily in education.
Masters (Psychology)
M.Ed.: As above plus must have undertaken study in psychology equivalent to the Level 1 Class in Psychology.
M.Phil.: Normally a good honours degree or equivalent and some relevant experience in psychology, e.g. equivalent to 1st level undergraduate psychology.
Masters (Art, Design..) M.Phil. in Art, Design and Architecture in Education
A good honours degree or equivalent in any field related to art, design, architecture in education may apply. There is no requirement for the student to have a teaching qualification.
Diploma/Certificate Educational Management & Leadership
As for M.Ed. (Education).

The University would look for evidence of English language proficiency either by British Council IELTS band 6.5 in each component of the Test, TOEFL score of at least 600-700 including the Test of Written English or Cambridge Certificate at Band C minimum.

About the courses

Ph.D. - The degree of Doctor of Philosophy by research may be awarded to a student whose postgraduate course of special study and research work represents a substantial original contribution to knowledge, shows a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field and is worthy of publication in full or part. The research work must be communicated coherently in a thesis presented in a critical and orderly way and, where appropriate, must show evidence of adequate analysis and discussion of results. The length of the thesis should be between 75,000 and 100,000 words. An oral examination is held with the external and internal examiners.

Doctoral programme (Ph.D.) - The part-taught Doctoral Programme is an alternative to the traditional Ph.D. in that it involves taking taught modules as well as writing a thesis. The taught modules must be either modules which were not part of a previous qualification or modules which may be related to part of a previous qualification but which are dealt with in greater depth, or a mixture of both. Two of the modules are research training courses, one general module provided centrally by the Faculty of Arts and the other specifically educational module provided by the School of Education. The remaining three taught modules are selected from the available modules (except Psychology modules) listed in the annual booklet Glasgow School of Education: Postgraduate Courses in Education.

M.Ed. (Education) - The degree is a part-taught, part research qualification which covers most recent theories, research evidence and contemporary practice in a wide range of educational fields. The degree aims to give teachers and other professionals a fuller awareness of their work in the education system and its place in the world of scholarship and research. It also equips them for work in the classroom, school management, local authority administration and specialist areas of the educational system such as psychological services. The degree consists of 10 taught modules (3 of which form the compulsory core) and a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words equivalent to 2 modules.

M.Phil. in Educational Studies - The degree of M.Phil. may be taken in one of two forms (a) by prescribed modules, plus a dissertation or (b) by research.
M.Phil. by prescribed modules (M.Phil.(T)) - Students who possess a good honours degree (or equivalent) in any field related to education may apply to study for this degree. There is no requirement for the student to have a teaching qualification. The degree involves attending six taught modules, engaging in self-directed study and writing a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff. The student must take the Methods of Educational Research module plus 5 modules selected from the Qualifying modules (excluding Psychology modules) for the M.Ed. The modules selected should form a distinct and coherent programme of study which complements the student’s existing interests and experience. The dissertation is normally 12-15,000 words in length and is based on the student’s self-directed study.

M.Phil. by Research (M.Phil.) - Students may enrol for the degree by research and thesis. In this case, each student must undertake two taught modules in research methodology, engage in a programme of research under staff supervision and write a thesis incorporating the results of such research.

M.Ed./M.Phil. in Psychology - M.Ed./M.Phil. (Psychology) - The aims of the courses are to cover the major themes and research methods in psychology, to provide conversion degrees of equivalent breadth and depth of study to that of an Honours degree within the Discipline of Psychology, and to train students in psychological research methods by means of laboratory and project work. The courses are recognised by the British Psychological Society as giving the Graduate Basis for Registration. These goals should be obtainable through a mixture of taught courses, lab and project work and dissertation.

M.Phil. in Art, Design and Architecture in Education - The aim of the degree is to give art, design and architecture professionals working in the area of education a deeper understanding of their practice and its potential in terms of scholarship and research. The degree also aims to allow for dialogue across art, exchange ideas and information in the context of research. The purpose of the course is to develop the student’s theoretical knowledge, professional practice and research skills. It is designed for part-time graduate students who have a professional interest in art, design or architecture in education.

Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership - This is a postgraduate Diploma intended for middle and senior managers. It consists of 8 postgraduate taught modules, 4 of which are taught in the University and 4 taught in St. Andrew’s College.

Certificate in Educational Management and Leadership - This is a postgraduate Certificate intended for middle and senior managers. It consists of 4 taught modules taken in the University.

About the University

Glasgow University is one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK offering study in a wide range of subjects. It has over 14,000 students studying in its eight Faculties. The University’s main building, which was designed by Sr. George Gilbert Scott, sits on a hill overlooking Kelvingrove Park. The present site is the third for the University during more than five centuries of existence. Founded in 1451 by Papal Bull, classes were first held in the Chapter House of Glasgow Cathedral. The University has excellent facilities such as a world-class library, modern computing equipment and extensive recreational amenities. The study of Education in the University began over 100 years ago with the admission of 24 students into the undergraduate Education class. More recently, Education has also been studied at postgraduate level and there are now over 150 matriculated students.

Address Information:

Address 8 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QH, Scotland
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Course titles
  • Doctorates - the traditional Ph.D. and the part-taught Doctoral Programme.
  • Masters (Master of Education (M.Ed.)) - a part-taught, part-research degree for professional educators.
  • Masters (Master of Education (M.Ed. in Psychology)) - a conversion course recognised for GBR by the British Psychological Society.
  • Masters (Master of Philosophy in Educational Studies (M.Phil.)) - a part- taught, part-research based degree for honours graduates.
  • Masters (Master of Philosophy in Psychology (M.Phil.)) - a conversion course recognised for GBR by the British Psychological Society for honours graduates.
  • Masters (M.Phil. in Art, Design and Architecture in Education) - a degree offered jointly by Glasgow School of Art and the School of Education of the University of Glasgow. The degree is part-taught, self-directed study, initiating research in the student’s place of work and writing an evaluative report linked to a live project.
  • Diplomas - in a range of fields (e.g. Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management) based in both the University and St. Andrew’s College.
  • Certificate - Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management.
  • Length of courses
  • Doctorates - Ph.D. 3 years full-time or 4 years part-time
  • Ph.D. Doctoral Programme 4 years full-time or 5 years part-time
  • Masters - 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Diploma - 2 years part-time
  • Certificate - 1 year part-time
  • Date of Commencement
  • Masters, Diploma and Certificate - October
  • Doctorates - October and January
  • Accommodation Available
    Student grants/
    financial assistance
    Mostly self-financing
    Admission requirements See below
    Class size Varies
    Fees Doctorate Degrees:
  • UK and EC students (full-time) £2,610 per annum
  • UK and EC students (part-time) £1,305 per annum
  • Overseas students (full-time new entrants) £6,730 per annum
  • Masters Degrees:
  • UK and EC students (full-time £2,610 per annum
  • UK and EC students (part-time) £1,305 per annum
  • Overseas students (full-time) £6,730

  • Postgraduate Diploma: UK and EC students £1600

    Postgraduate Certificate: £800
    Men/Women 30/70
    Age range 25+
    Head of the Department Professor J. Erik Wilkinson

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