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MEd Specialist Options

Specialist options apply to the Master of Education and Postgraduate Diploma courses only. For the purpose of continuity, students are advised to take a specialist option. The research module is compulsory for anyone wishing to undertake the MEd dissertation. To be awarded a named Masters degree, the dissertation must also be in the area of study of the specialist option. The remaining module(s), subject to availability and timetable restrictions, may be chosen from the full range of modules detailed in the prospectus.  

Students should note that not every module will be available every year within a course of study.

Three MED students

Specialist Options

Curriculum Development and Primary Education

This option is ideally suited to practitioners in the Foundation Stage, Key Stages One and Two, as well as school leaders and managers. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on and engage in analysing key module themes in the light of current policy, legislation and research. The option design incorporates key aspects of primary education which are currently very topical.  

Option Aims 

  • To explore core principles and practices underpinning current issues in the teaching of literacy and numeracy. 
  • To encourage reflection and evaluation of effective practice and resources to enrich children’s learning opportunities in literacy and numeracy.  
  • To provide teachers with the tools to critique and develop their practices and their schools’ policies in relation to children’s rights in education.  

List of Modules  

EDC7007 Current Issues in the Teaching of Language and Literacy   

EDC7081 Putting the Sting into STEM 

EDC7082 Music Therapy Education 

EDC7088 Art for Wellbeing in Schools  

Or other relevant module  

MEd/Pg Diploma in Educational Studies

Students who satisfy general regulations for Master of Education or Postgraduate Diploma but do not meet specific option requirements will be awarded a Master of Education degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies.  


All accredited modules are assessed by coursework. There are no formal, written examinations. Results are made available following the examination process which may take up to eight weeks to complete. Results for the dissertation module and details of awards are made available in December, in time for Christmas graduation at the University.  

 Distinction or commendation may be awarded on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.  


Pass with commendation will be awarded to those graduating with a Master of Education, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate who achieve an average mark of at least 60%.  

 Pass with distinction will be awarded to those graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate who achieve an average mark of at least 70%.  

 Pass with distinction will be awarded to Master of Education candidates who achieve at least 70% in the dissertation, no less than an average of 65% in each of the other modules and an overall average of at least 70%.  

Academic Regulations

The formal regulations that appear in the Queen’s University Calendar apply to all participants.

Download our Prospectus

Find out more by downloading our prospectus and key information.

How to Apply

New MEd students are invited to complete the online application.

Continuing MEd students are invited to complete the short module selection form.