MSc Education – Online

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    Duration: MSc in Education, 2.5 years

Course Description

Start dates – January, April, and September 

Advance your career in education

The University of Glasgow’s School of Education, ranked 1st in the UK for Education by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 and 6th in the UK for Education by The Complete University Guide 2025, recognises the need for quality teachers. Our online MSc Education is perfect for teachers, pre-PhD or -EdD students and education professionals keen to further their careers around their existing commitments. Our focus on research and high-level teaching from expert faculty will ensure you are best placed to further your career in education.

Create your own path

This online programme offers a choice of optional pathways, letting you tailor your studies to your unique experiences and career goals. Choose from adult education, inclusive and special education or curriculum assessment and pedagogy – it’s up to you. You can also opt for a general pathway, selecting different courses from across the three routes. These options are designed to provide the skills needed to support career development in this field.

Open up your career options

By giving you insights into the learning process and the current policies, practices, issues and trends in education, our online MSc Education opens up a raft of positions from primary and secondary schooling to adult education and educational leadership.

“The MSc Education has sharpened my ability to think critically about educational theory, policy, and practice. This is essential in my Assistant Registrar role at a community college in British Columbia, Canada, as I collaborate with departments across the institution to effect positive change for our students.”
Dawn Cunningham Hall, Online MSc Education Graduate and British Educational Research Association Masters Dissertation Award winner for 2023

Career Opportunities

Top education jobs for our students

1. Teacher 57.34%
2. Head of department 4.90%
3. Head teacher 3.50%
4. Assistant principal 2.80%
5. Director 2.80%
6. Tutor 2.80%

100% online, interactive learning

Studying online means you don’t have to sacrifice your current career in order to pursue a new one. You would be able to access our interactive resources from anywhere and at any time; this includes videos, interactive quizzes and discussions – resources dedicated to helping you to learn and achieve your career goals. At the University of Glasgow you can further your ambitions without compromising your current commitments.


Duration: MSc in Education, 2.5 years

Year 1

Take 2 x 20 credit core courses and 1 x 20 credit specialist pathway course

Core courses

  • Modern Educational thinking
  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education

Optional courses (select one)

  • The Psychology of Adult Learning (online learning)
  • Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy: understanding learners
  • Education for all: inclusive Special Education

Year 2

Take 2 x 20 credit core courses and 1 x 20 credit specialist pathway course

Core courses

  • Principles and Practices of Research
  • Research Application

Optional courses (select one, based on your chosen specialist pathway)

  • International issues in Adult Education (Distance)
  • Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy: International Perspectives
  • Working together to create inclusive Learning Environments

Year 3

1 x 60 credit dissertation

  • Education dissertation

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent from a recognized institution


  • Ranked 6th in the UK for Education by The Complete University Guide 2025.
  • Top 50 School of Education in the world by QS — 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019.
  • Ranked 1st in the UK for Education by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

International students

Applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band

Please note that this degree is not a teaching qualification

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