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Advance to the next stage as a Religious Education teacher or leader with a postgraduate degree that's designed to support your career progression. 

  • Advance your professional skills and expertise as a practitioner researcher.
  • Apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools, using your knowledge to drive effective change in Religious Education.
  • Study this degree in person at St Mary's University or through the blended or online options.
  • Access to excellent tutorial and supervisory support.

Why study Education: Religious Education (Edinburgh)?

If you're involved in the teaching of Religious Education you'll find that this degree is structured to meet your professional development needs.

Education: Religious Education is suitable for you regardless of whether you're a specialist or non-specialist RE teacher/leader. It will fit your needs no matter what school phase or educational context you work in, or at which stage in your career you're currently at.

It enables you as a teacher or current/aspiring middle or senior leader of Religious Education to critically reflect on your experience and practice. It will also develop your academic knowledge and ability to link theory with your practice.

You'll have the opportunity to explore an area of interest relevant to your work as you undertake a small-scale practitioner research enquiry, leading to evidence-informed innovation in Religious Education.

Why St Mary's?

Education: Religious Education builds on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education. The success of the degree lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and high quality of teaching.

We provide a flexible approach studying the degree, with the course being taught at in person and as a distance learning programme. You can choose to attend the monthly Saturday Schools either on campus or via video conferencing.

You'll apply your learning to practical situations within your own school, using your knowledge to drive effective change. The programme will enable you to support these changes by engaging in current debates within education.

You will work with - and learn from - lecturers with a background in teaching, managing and leading Religious Education. The team also has a wealth of experience in research and consultancy.

As a Religious Education student, you'll have access to excellent online learning resources and a dedicated education library that boasts numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

Education degrees in Edinburgh

As well as this course, we also offer two other Education postgraduate degrees in Edinburgh:

Education degrees in London

This degree, as well as many other Education Master's degrees, is also available to study at our London campus in Twickenham. These pathways include:


Course lead

Matthew Dell headshotMatthew Dell
Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

You will normally be expected to possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification approved by the University.

Additional requirement information

Experience of working in an educational setting or a relevant professional interest is also required.

Accredited prior learning

Applicants with up to 90 Level 7 credits (for example from a PGCE, National Professional Qualification or National SENCo Award) are eligible to apply for exemption from up to three modules.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

This Master's programme supports your long-term career development. This is evident from the high proportion of graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior educational leadership positions in Faith schools and other sectors within one year of completing the programme.

Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue doctoral studies on either a Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Education) or a PhD.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Education: Religious Education (Edinburgh) students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

This degree is taught within the Gillis Centre (formerly St Margaret's Convent and School) in Edinburgh.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials.

Modules are taught either at St Mary’s through intensive Saturday Schools (approximately monthly) or study days in school holidays or fortnightly twilight sessions.

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through a variety of methods:

  • Reflective journals
  • Research proposals
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Seminar and conference presentations.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2022

  • Home: £6,990
  • International: £14,550

Part‐time fees

Part‐time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

We are offering bursaries of £500 to parishioners of all dioceses in Scotland participating in a full postgraduate programme at the Gillis Centre beginning in September 2022, provided this is matched by a similar contribution towards the fees from the parish.

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding section.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact matthew.dell@stmarys.ac.uk.

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