M.Sc. Education - Science and Education

University of Bristol

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This programme is designed for science education professionals who wish to develop their practice and enhance student learning. It will appeal to those wishing to take an active role in shaping the future of science education: teachers, lecturers, researchers, science advisors, science managers and science specialists in educational settings.

It will equip you with:

* an innovative and valuable postgraduate qualification
* a greater understanding of current educational research and its relevance to pedagogy and practice in science education
* experience of cutting edge science research and practice in new techniques
* time to reflect and develop classroom practice
* the knowledge, understanding and skills to further research and design new educational and professional resources
* confidence to implement and evaluate developments in science education within your own professional practice


A personal tutor will guide you through the programme. A total of 180 credits are necessary to obtain the MSc. Each of the core or optional units is worth 20 credits and the dissertation (for the award of MSc) is worth 60 credits.

Core Units

* Either Research in Science or Research Methods in Science Education
* Dissertation

Optional Units

These include:

* Ethical Issues in Science Education
* New Technologies in Science Education
* Professional Development through Reflective Practice in Science Education
* Science Update
* Supervised Individual Study
* Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Science
* Professional Development through Mentoring and Coaching
* Trends in Science Education Research

Please note: not all options run every year.

You may also select units from other M-level programmes to personalise your studies.


A UK honours degree or equivalent qualification. Basic computer literacy (assignments will include word processing documents, making electronic presentations and online supervision). A background in science including some experience of teaching science or working in an associated science communication role.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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