MA in Education

Programme Leader: Dr Eleanor Brown


Overseas candidates: Applications for 2017-18 can be made during one of 3 rounds. The rounds will be open between the following dates:

Round 1: 26 September 2016 - 23 November 2016

Round 2: 9 January 2017 - 8 March 2017

Round 3: 10 April 2016 - 15 September 2017

Home/EU candidates: Applications can be made all year round

As places are limited, the selection process is likely to be highly competitive. In order to aid the selection process, please provide your current weighted average grade (GPA) within the application form. If you have an English Language test score or have booked a test, please indicate this on the form. Candidates should provide as much information as possible within their application to enable assessors to make an informed decision.



The Department of Education offers a one-year full-time (12 month) MA in Education programme.

Programme aims

The main focus of the MA in Education (MAE) is its emphasis on educational research and the grounding it provides students for conducting their own small-scale research projects in a wide range of educational settings. Such studies can focus on current developments in education and issues of immediate concern to students themselves. As such, as well as providing a coherent and satisfying educational experience in its own right, the MAE can serve as an excellent introduction to work at PhD level.

Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they submit applications no later than 1 September if they wish to begin a course of study beginning in the same year. No guarantee can be offered that applications received after this date will be processed for a September start date.


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Programme content

This taught MA programme comprises modules totalling 180 credits. For more details about modules please download the MA Full-time Modules Handbook 2015-16 (PDF  , 923kb). This information is a guide only and subject to change.

Term 1

  • Research methods in education (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Schools (20 credits)

One option module (20 credits)

Term 2

  • Theories of learning and development (20 credits)

One option module (20 credits).


The main option modules for MAE include:

Term 1 Term 2
Citizenship Education Contemporary Issues in Teaching
Motivation in Education Gender, Sexuality and Education
Science, Education and Society Higher Education in the 21st Century
Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning International Perspectives in Science Education

Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis


Teaching and Learning Citizenship and Global Education

At least one option module must be selected from this list.

Other optional modules offered by the department are:

Term 1 Term 2
Bilingualism Cross Cultural Perspectives on Language and Discourse
Cross-Linguistic Influences in Second Language Acquisition Developmental Psycholinguistics
Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching Intercultural Communication in Education
Evaluating ESOL Classroom Practice Learning and Teaching Grammar in a Second Language
Learning and Teaching Second Language Reading Pragmatics: Language, Meaning and Communication
Teaching and Assessing Speaking Skills Psychology of Language and Language Learning
Teaching and Assessing Writing Skills Testing and Assessment in English Language Teaching
Teaching English for Academic Purposes  
Teaching World English  
Topics in Second Language Acquistion  

 No more than one module can be selected from this list.

 Please note that these lists can change.

Term 3

  • Planning and Communicating Research (20 credits) The classes are spread over Terms 2 and 3.
Students also undertake their own research projects under the guidance of a supervisor, leading to the writing of a dissertation (60 credits) based on a research study to be submitted by early September. This is a major piece of work which involves developing research questions, deciding an appropriate methodology and conducting a piece of sustained original research. Examples of dissertations recently completed by students includes:
  • Teaching English Language for Cultural Understanding
  • Identity and Language Learning
  • Reforming Mathematics Education
  • Practical Work in School Science Teaching
  • Education Reform in Rural China

In addition to the scheduled programme sessions, there will be regular opportunities for students to share and exchange research concerns and to hear members of staff and visiting speakers talk on research matters.


Students complete:

  • four assessed essay assignments (each 4,000 - 5,000 words in length)
  • an exam in Research Methods in Education
  • an assessed presentation + dissertation outline + ethics audit
  • a dissertation of 12,000 words


Range of modules

The wide variety of module options available on our taught masters programmes allows you to mould a particular route in accordance with individual interests and professional goals.

Careers support

The University has an active Careers Service offering bespoke advice and support for our taught postgraduate students. This includes career planning, volunteering, mentoring, employability and personal development.


Our graduates find employment in a wide range of sectors within education, but also in journalism, information management, human resources and other careers.

Routes into Research

A number of our graduates go on to obtain research degrees in Education and related topics.