University of Glasgow: Teaching Adults

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Education View department profile
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


This programme provides you with a strong grounding in the practices and theoretical frameworks of teaching adults in various contexts of formal and informal education. In addition to core teaching, it includes a placement in an adult education setting and a research project designed around your specific area of interest.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
PgDip: 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time**


The programme is open to people with little or no experience in teaching adults, as well as those with experience in the field.

You will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience through the placement. It gives you the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to you.

The programme has long standing partnerships with local organisations such as WEA, local communities, and further and higher education institutions.

By the end, you will have much stronger knowledge of teaching adults as well as a better understanding of what that means to your teaching practice and career paths.

This programme provides those with an interest in working in the adult education sector with practical experience strongly linked to its theory and frameworks. It combines a good background in the theories and approaches to teaching adults with a substantial placement component.


You will take four core courses and undertake a credit-bearing work placement. For the MSc you will also complete a supervised research project, usually in the form of a dissertation. The placement allows you to work with an adult education agency for 100 hours. You can choose your own type of organisation and we will help to set it up. Courses are delivered through seminars, fieldwork and self-directed or group projects, which provide great opportunities to build professional and personal relationships.

**Core courses**
- Curriculum development in adult and continuing education

- International issues in adult and continuing education

- Modern educational thought

- The psychology of adult learning.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

As a graduate, you will be well equipped to find roles in adult education in local councils, community organisations, healthcare departments, and adult literacy, as well as a wide range of vocational education contexts. Many of our graduates have also gained employment in the higher education sector, including international and UK universities and colleges.


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The School of Education is an ambitious, major international research-led institution with traditional roots in Scottish higher education. We invest in the future of education through world-class research that advances knowledge and practice. Respected for contributions to policy and practice, our teaching and research benefits from strong partnerships with education communities. We are ranked first in the UK for education (Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018) and first in the UK for student (National Student Survey 2018).

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