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What will I learn?

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?

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.

Teaching methods

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.

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.

Which department am I in?

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,950.00 (US$ 19,200) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Gillis Centre

100 Strathearn Rd,

Edinburgh,

EH9 1BB, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,950.00 (US$ 19,200) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary's University,

Waldegrave Road,

Twickenham,

Hounslow,

TW1 4SX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor degree from a recognised US higher education institution. 2:1 equivalent - US degree (grade point average, 4.0): 3.0. All of our postgraduate degrees require 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

For international students

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. Experience of working in an educational setting or a relevant professional interest is also required. 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). iBT TOEFL: 88 overall with 20 in reading, 19 in listening, 21 in speaking and 20 in writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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