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Qualification: Educational Policy and Curriculum Studies, M.Ed.

Educational Policy and Curriculum Studies, M.Ed.

Qualification Information

Upon graduation, the student will have comprehensive knowledge of education policy and curriculum studies, and will be capable of assuming leadership in this field.

Knowledge and Understanding

The student will:

  • Have acquired knowledge and understanding of key concepts, theories, research methods and research in the field of education and curriculum development.
  • Have acquired knowledge and understanding of research on curriculum development and its impact on work in schools.
  • Be able to provide a reasoned assessment of theories and research in the field.
  • Have acquired knowledge via research in the field.
  • Be able to argue for their own solutions.
  • Know and be aware of the ethical aspects of research and working with people in the field.


The student will:

  • Be able to discuss and analyse educational policy and politics in light of chosen theories and ideologies.
  • Be able to organise and carry out smaller research projects and to process data with methods based on theories from both science and methodology.
  • Have mastered appropriate hardware, technology, and software.
  • Be able to use common methods to find sources to keep track of innovations in their field of study and to communicate them to different groups.
  • Be able to study the complex interactions between policy and curriculum and between international and local and national Icelandic institutions.


The student will:

  • Have established themselves as a leader, initiator, or director in the field of their choice.
  • Be able to make decisions on the basis of professional information and supported by theoretical arguments.
  • Be able to initiate, organise, and manage research and development projects in their field of expertise and assume responsibility for the work of individuals and groups.
  • have developed discipline, initiative, critical thinking, and independent working methods that he or she can use to undertake further study, research, or field work.
  • Be able to express themselves clearly and concisely in speaking and in discussions of the subject matter and his or her opinions on academic issues in various fields.
  • Be able to apply their skills in new situations and work professionally with others.

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