There are currently six main MEd programmes, which draw on the research strengths of the Graduate School of Education. These are:
This programme is designed to enable students from a range of educational contexts to develop their knowledge and understanding of the ways in which theories, principles and practices of counselling can be used to support the personal and academic development of learners.
Units in this programme will focus on: theoretical approaches to counselling, the development of a range of practical skills and the application of counselling principles across educational sectors.
The social, historical and cultural influences inherent in the development of counselling will be emphasised and students encouraged to critique the relevance of concepts to their own professional and cultural context.
The importance of developing effective and efficient education systems, with good leadership has, in recent years, moved centre stage for all countries in a globally connected and economically competing world.
This programme draws on strong research and teaching traditions within the GSoE in the areas of management, policy, educational improvement, international development and comparative studies.
It offers a selection of units that recognise the global context of policy formulation, the importance of culture and context in implementing sustainable educational improvement, and the centrality of leadership in the implementation of lifelong learning, at all levels of the education process.
It is aimed at teaching and learning professionals, at both home and abroad, who are seeking to broaden their knowledge of educational issues and prepare themselves for the next stage in their career.
For both UK and overseas teachers of mathematics and other professionals working in mathematics education, from primary schools to post-16 education with two years' teaching experience.
The programme focuses on professional development. Working with other professionals, you will: develop your teaching; discover the latest research; link theory and practice; and research key issues in your teaching.
The programme supports you to work on issues from your practice, in areas such as: teaching and learning, curriculum design and development, assessment (3 core units), ICT (optional unit).
The MEd in Psychology of Education provides a Master’s level grounding in psychology, with particular attention to its implications for education and other professional practice, and in research methods. As well as being a Master's degree, it can also be taken as a conversion course in psychology for students wishing to obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The GBC is an essential entry qualification for professional training in psychology in the UK.
The majority of MEd Psychology of Education graduates go on to psychology-related jobs and eventually to professional training in psychology, or to research degrees.
Students are normally graduates whose first degree does not entitle them to the GBC, but who have developed a strong interest in psychology and the intention to pursue professional training or research in psychology. Most students have already studied psychology at degree level, for example they have a degree in psychology from a university outside the UK, or they have a joint honours degree with psychology as the minor, or they have a degree in a related subject such as neuroscience or anthropology including one or more psychology options. Most students have experience relevant to psychology, for example work in schools or settings for vulnerable clients. Applicants who have less psychology background than this will be considered, but they will be expected to engage seriously with study of psychology before beginning the MEd. Applicants who do not demonstrate a commitment to studying psychology and work which involves using psychology are unlikely to be accepted: they are advised to build up such evidence and re-apply when they can make a strong case.
In their application, applicants should document their prior study in psychology, and their relevant professional experience, thoroughly. In addition, all applicants who are accepted are strongly advised to engage with serious preliminary reading. For an indication of appropriate reading, please follow this link. For more information on our developing specialism in Neuroscience, please follow this link.
After completing the MEd, those students who have followed the BPS-approved route are eligible for Chartered Membership of the BPS and for the further professional training accredited by the BPS, and may go on to work towards careers in educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology or neuropsychology, or engage in doctoral-level research. Entry to all of these is very competitive, but our MEd graduates have historically been very successful candidates for EdD, PhD and DClinPsy courses. MEd graduates will typically spend at least a year between the MEd and a professional training course building up relevant experience, for example working with special needs pupils or with vulnerable clients. For more information on Psychology careers and accredited courses, please follow this link.
Students who are not interested in using the MEd to achieve eligibility for BPS membership and professional training in the UK will work alongside the students who are seeking BPS accreditation, will have chosen from the same range of courses, and are expected to work to the same standards. These students may already be BPS members, or may be international students returning to work in their home countries. They have a wider choice of MEd options.
All students studying on the MEd in Psychology of Education are expected to reach a good level of competence in research methods, to pass assessments in these areas, and to show that they can apply these skills in other coursework and their dissertations. The students who are working towards BPS membership have to demonstrate a thorough understanding of basic statistics and are therefore expected to take an additional Statistics in Education course. This course is optional for other students.
We welcome applications from potential students who have a strong commitment to psychology as a science and wish to extend their knowledge and research skills. The MEd will give them an opportunity for critical engagement with cutting-edge areas of research, theory and practice, and for developing both autonomy and collaborative practice.
This programme focuses on inclusive practice and is intended for teachers and other professionals working with students who are experiencing barriers to learning and participation and/or other special educational needs, whether in mainstream, special schools/units, colleges or early years settings.
Supported by current research, practice and theory, the programme is designed to help participants develop their knowledge, understanding and critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of current research, theory and practice for pupils experiencing barriers to learning and participation.
The course will provide opportunities to explore a range of areas such as international developments in special/inclusive education, how to work with and involve parents and children, the school's role in promoting inclusion, and a range of topics that arouse controversy and debate in the area of special needs.
Please note that the MEd in Special Education is designed for professionals who have experience of working in the field, and as such it does not offer or include practical training or work experience placements in schools or other specialist units.
The Department for Education are offering scholarships for UK teachers and support staff up to £3500 to identify talented professionals and help give them the opportunity to develop their specialist knowledge further, so that they can progress in their careers, and pass their knowledge on to their pupils.
Further information is available at:
There is very short window of opportunity for this fund. The call opens on 08 April 2013 for three weeks only.
The ICP is your opportunity to build your own flexible programme. You will take the compulsory research methods unit, Introduction to Educational Inquiry, and a dissertation, and choose the rest of your units from across the programmes offered by the Graduate School of Education. Use our new Interactive Unit Guide to help you create your own programme. Your final choice of units will follow consultation with tutors in order to ensure that your choice is as coherent and useful as possible as well as suiting your individual needs.
The Masters in Education Management degree is offered in association with SCOPE at City University of Hong Kong, on a part-time basis taught face-to-face by University of Bristol staff in Hong Kong. The programme in Hong Kong offers educational professionals the opportunity to study for a UK masters entirely in Hong Kong, without having to interrupt their careers.
For more information on this programme please see City University of Hong Kong website.
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