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Online MSc in Education

Advance your career in education

Study online, on your terms

At the University of Glasgow, we recognise that while huge discrepancies in educational standards exist both nationally and internationally, the commitment of educators to provide the best opportunities remains strong.

The online MSc in Education from the University of Glasgow opens up a raft of positions for those involved in primary and secondary schooling, adult education and educational leadership. Consequently, this online Education programme is perfect for teachers and education professionals keen to further their careers around their existing commitments.

Please note that this degree is not a teaching qualification.

Join an institution where ambitious people are driven to succeed. Study our online postgraduate courses and start changing the world today.

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2.5 years – 6 years part-time

Start dates

January, April and September


Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits, totalling £15,000*.

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.

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.

Do you meet our entry criteria?

Submit your degree certificate (or equivalent), including your final overall grade and a copy of your CV to our team here for a check. A member of our team will provide feedback or an offer in principle within 48 hours.****

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Examine global education policy

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 education or 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.

This specialisation has two courses covering the psychology of adult learning and international issues in adult education.

This specialisation covers topics on understanding learners and international perspectives.

With this specialisation, you will cover ‘education for all’ in inclusive special education and how educators can work together to create inclusive learning environments.

Interactive online learning

The University of Glasgow is rated as the sixth-best university for online distance learning in UK. No matter where you are, you can experience relevant learning that applies to the real world as you build community with students from over 83 countries worldwide.**

  • Our virtual learning environment is easy to use and can be accessed on mobile, tablet or desktop devices.
  • Programme content is delivered in bite-sized chunks to suit your schedule and the online format.
  • Take breaks between courses and have catch-up weeks in the middle of courses to ensure you remain up to speed with your learning.
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Career prospects

The online MSc in Education opens up a raft of positions – from primary and secondary schooling to adult education and educational leadership. It is perfect for teachers, pre-PhD or -EdD students and education professionals keen to further their careers.

The University of Glasgow offers career services and masterclasses exclusively for our students to get started with career planning and applications.

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%

Programme outcomes

  • Understand key theories, concepts and debates in education
  • Evaluate current practices, policies, theories and research across a range of contexts
  • Explore current education trends and issues
  • Reflect upon the application of education policy, theory and research
  • Conduct a substantial piece of applied research

Over 500 years of groundbreaking research

The University of Glasgow has been changing the world since 1451. Let our history of excellence inspire the history you will make. Study online with us and start making your impact on the world today.

Ranked 1st in the UK for Education by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.1

Ranked 8th in the UK for Education by The Complete University Guide 2024.2

Top 50 School of Education in the world by QS — 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019.3

Top 100 — THE World University Rankings 2023.4

“I chose the MSc Education online programme to complete a specialisation in adult education. Professionally, this programme taught me valuable skills in policy and theory analysis that have expanded my understanding of education. Personally, this programme gave me increased confidence in my ability to understand complex problems and advocate for systemic change.”

– Dawn Cunningham Hall, Online MSc Education Graduate

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  1. “UK University Rankings 2024”,” The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. Retrieved 15 September 2023, from
  2. “University League Table 2024”, Complete University Guide 2024. Retrieved 12 June 2023, from
  3. “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Education & Training,” Top Universities. Retrieved 27 June 2023, from
  4. “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023,” Times Higher Education. Retrieved 13 October 2022, from

* Fees: Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits totalling £15,000. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

** We have students in 83 countries around the world. Data accessed April 2022.

*** Data as of May 2022.

**** Terms and conditions apply which will be specified in any offer in principle you receive.