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School of Education

MSc Science Education

This programme is not available in 2014/15

For enquiries relating to the programme please contact the Pathway Leader: Dr Vanessa Kind For enquiries relating to admission, including entry requirements and how to apply, please contact our Admissions Team

This programme aims to promote critical understanding of and reflection on aspects of teaching and learning in science education generally as well as within specialist subject areas of chemistry, physics, and primary science and biology/outdoor education. It will develop knowledge at subject, pedagogical and theoretical levels and support participants in understanding issues within extant literature.

This programme is linked explicitly to Science Learning Centre North East as well as an extensive body of published and funded research funded within the School of Education. In addition the programme has been designed to meet the demand to focus on teachers' professional learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subject areas, particularly enhancing subject knowledge and pedagogical skills for science teachers working outside their specialist subjects. Thus the programme offers an opportunity for collaboration between CPD activity and higher degree provision.


The course has four taught modules (each of 30 credits): two specialised core modules in science education, a research method module, and an optional module. In addition there is a supervised dissertation (60 credits).

Students will take Teaching and Learning in Science as a specialised core module and then choose either Physics as an Additional Subject Specialism (PASS) or Chemistry as an Additional Subject Specialism (CASS).

The course can be taken on a part time basis over three years or full time over one year.

Specialised Core Modules

Teaching and Learning in Science Education

The module analyses the many challenges and implications of science  education. Students will learn about key current issues in science education, such as assessment, conceptual change, engagement, the role of practical work, learning progressions and threshold concepts. The content of the module changes regularly to ensure the content is kept current.

Physics as an Additional Subject Specialism (PASS) or Chemistry as an Additional Subject Specialism (CASS)

These modules aim to provide physics/ chemistry subject matter knowledge for non-specialist secondary science teachers. They develop teaching skills in physics/ chemistry among non-specialist secondary science teachers and focus on better understanding of current issues in physics / chemistry education research.