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Masters in Education (MEd) Postgraduate Teaching Degree

As an advanced degree, masters in education (MEd) postgraduate teaching qualification provides additional skills, knowledge and a greater insight into a specialist area of education. Becoming required by more employers, an advanced degree in education is additionally becoming a requirement for new teachers in primary and secondary schools, especially management and specialist roles.

The UK government is evolving education at all levels and teachers, lecturers and other people in education could gain an advantage who hold a postgraduate degree in education. Indeed, education & teaching jobs in Dubai and countries in the Middle East specify for managerial positions such as a teacher in Qatar and for jobs teaching in Saudi Arabia a masters degree in education is a requirement or desirable for teachers. 


Education masters degree offered

Masters in education (MEd) traditional general advanced degree.

Specialist masters degree that confers a MEd or MA in learning & teaching, leadership & management and international education or others.


What will I learn?

Everyone that studies for an education (MEd) completes core training, academic courses and then specialises in a certain area of education offered by the course provider.

A dissertation is normally required to be written and possible formal lesson delivery depending on your course, then completing the written assignments for each course subject.

After successfully completing your postgraduate degree you should be equipped with the ability:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of practices, processes and learning outcomes of learning, assessment and teaching
  • Analyse educational issues and put into practice a research-led approach to education and teaching
  • Apply advanced research methods
  • Critically analyse education issues
  • Apply advanced research methods


Masters in education study modes

Full time, part time, opens learning and distance learning.


Masters entry requirements

Gaining a place on an education masters course; the normal entry to a course normally include that you have successfully completed a teacher training qualification and possible qualified teacher or lecturer status.  Although UK universities such as The University of Manchester is looking for a good undergraduate degree also.


Credit transfer

Transfer credit could be available from many universities.



Teachers and lecturers in an education position can have fees paid. Self-funding: students or people looking to complete a master’s degree that are not in an educational role.  One option could be a commercial study funding loan or postgraduate training bursaries should you qualify.

Remember any commercial bank loan requires to be paid back with interest.


Course providers

Many of the universities in all 4 nations of the UK provide education masters courses. Conduct a search online for many of the universities in the UK offering the master’s in education course.

Universities in countries: UK, New Zealand, Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia


This type of education degree is no a substitute for initial teacher training such as a BA Hon’s, BEd, or a PGCE qualification.  Why? An education master’s degree does not include classroom training and contact with children.

On the one year full-time or 2 years part-time course you complete assignments and a dissertation after attending lectures and group work classes.

Can I obtain a teaching job in the UK with just this degree? No

For some reason, employers in other countries advertise for teachers that a have masters in education degrees and do not require an initial teacher training qualification.  Maybe they do not know that no classroom teaching takes place on this course.


Distance learning education degree study

Popular option for teachers in full time jobs where you can attend university classes at certain weekends and complete coursework over a two year period.

Distance leaning education masters degrees can be studied from almost any location, as most courses only require one or two day’s attendance, or just to sit an examination. Universities provide learning programmes to study for students who would like to obtain a qualification from undergraduate & postgraduate level at home.


Course attendance

Tutorials and seminars are provided by many course providers for a wide variety of courses, with online course material for students to work through. The majority of learning courses require some form of attendance, even just to sit an examination or attend a 2-day residency seminar.


How courses are studied

Distance education courses are studied using prepared written books, notes or online material accessible from the learning provider website. Guidance and support are still available from course tutors and many colleges and universities provide learning environments to study such as libraries, computer rooms and work areas to use should you wish.


Suitable learning medium

Not all students and learners are suitable to distance learning masters in education and may prefer a more structured approach to gaining a qualification and additional learning. Education at home an attending university allows you to create your own study plan and choose when to complete course work within the course timeline.

Think about employers, as some employers do not see a degree for instance as valuable as a degree studied full-time attendance at a university. (My personal experience). Just as well I have more than one degree!

Middle East and gulf countries such as UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia do not accept online or distance learning qualifications from teachers.

Studying for a qualification by distance learning in the UK or abroad is the same as a full-time qualification from the same course provider, giving the same value when you achieve the qualification you studied. MEd in education courses studied at home means you can continue to work full time or do something else during your courses.


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