University of dundee education

University of dundee education

Education MA (Hons)

Our combination of primary curriculum content, practical school experience and educational theory will prepare you to teach in both nursery and primary schools.

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Our course at the University of Dundee will prepare you to teach children in 3-12 years age range both in Scotland and in many other countries throughout the world.

The course is very well regarded by our students. It is highly rated consistently in the annual National Student Survey. Students feel that they are particularly well-supported by our course tutors.

University of dundee education

Education MA

The course is the first in Scotland to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation

Our MA (Hons) Education leads to a qualification to teach children in the 3-12 years age range (nursery and primary schools). This course, developed in response to recent national recommendations and other developments in teacher education in Scotland, replaces the old traditional BEd Primary Education course.

Teaching is an exciting and rewarding occupation, requiring a variety of professional skills in communication, management and organisation. Teachers must be able to relate well to other people, exercise a considerable degree of understanding and patience, and rise to the physical, social and emotional demands that the job brings.

Nurturing a vibrant, dynamic, international and inter-disciplinary community is at the heart of what we do. The MA (Hons) Education course draws upon modules from across the University as well as offering shared interactive learning with students preparing for careers in social work and community learning and development. This is excellent preparation for collaboration with people from other professions later in your career as a teacher.


Professional Experience

We have significant periods of professional practice in all years of the course. These extensive placements will give you experience in a range of different settings including nursery, primary, secondary schools and other welfare settings.

A strength of our course is the opportunity to undertake a placement in a location other than a school. This might, for example, be in a local ranger service, a community learning and development project or indeed a placement abroad. You will have the opportunity to plan this yourself.

University of dundee education

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

The International Baccalaureate (IB) pathway on the course is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. This means that students who choose to follow the IB pathway, involving a school placement in an IB Primary Years course school in second year, are entitled to gain the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Primary Years course). This certificate provides the first required qualification for teaching in IB schools all over the world.

Student Support

We currently have a ‘Buddy System’ in which students from other years team up with first year groups to help them settle into the campus and the course.

You will be assigned a personal tutor / Advisor of Studies, who will play a part in helping you to settle into the course, the School, and student life.


Who should study MA (Hons) Education?

Successful students are well-rounded, enthusiastic individuals who care about the individuals they work with, both children and adults.

To be successful on this course it is expected that you will have particular current strengths in numeracy, mathematics, reading and writing as these are key elements of a teacher’s job.  You should also be prepared to lead and support all aspects of the school curriculum.

This is a demanding course in terms of time and effort, involving in-university work and placements, normally over a thirty-week academic year. In addition to classroom-based work, you will be expected to participate fully in drama, physical education and fieldwork.