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It has a substantial assessed taught element and provides flexibility in the design, length and format of the research-based investigations.

You must complete compulsory modules which include a choice of either applied linguistics in higher education, teaching and learning in higher education or thinking critically about research methodology. You also take specialist option modules from those available on the Master of Education (MEd) programme. After successful completion of the taught modules you will then be allocated two supervisors and proceed to the research stage to undertake a 50,000-word thesis.


Compulsory modules

HSS8002 Information Skills

HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods

HSS8007 The Nature of Explanation and Enquiry

Optional modules

You will take a further 20 credits from the following:

ALT8003 Applied Linguistics in Higher Education: Focus on Teaching and Learning

MAP8004 An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

EDU8207 Thinking Critically about Research Methodology

Specialist modules

You take 120 credits from the list of specialist modules below. Module choice is determined by the three main pathways and will be guided by the Degree Programme Director.

Educational Management, Leadership and Educational Policy Pathway

ALT8104 Classroom Discourse and Teacher Development

EDU6000 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

EDU8028 The Management of change in Educational Organisations

EDU8170 Leadership and Strategic Management

Teaching and Learning Pathway

ALT8104 Classroom Discourse and Teacher Development

EDU8046 Developing Thinking Skills

Counselling, Communication and Human Relations Pathway

CCC8001 The Social Psychology of Communication

CCC8015 Sociolinguistics

CCC8043 International Business Talk and Interaction

CCC8088 Culture, Intercultularity and Identity

CCC8077 Professional Communication

EDU8042 Counselling, Communication and Culture

University requirements

Program requirements


An upper-second-class Honours degree and a masters degree with at least 60%, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other sub-sections), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

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