Explore the global forces that influence education and gain the skills you need to improve practice.
This course is designed for those with a broad interest in education. It's ideal for both education professionals looking to improve their practice and recent graduates looking to enter the field.
If you see yourself as a current or future teacher, lecturer, trainer, researcher, educational administrator or a policy maker, then this masters is for you.
The course has opened the door to a splendid world of research. It made me think deeply and critically about the key issues in education. Now I’ve moved on to do a PhD in the same Department because I really like the academic atmosphere here!Qingyang, MA in Education 2014/15
The Department was ranked in the top 10 by Times Higher Education for the proportion of its research designated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
We host the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice, meaning you will have opportunities to connect with researchers and students from across the world.
This course provides a foundation for conducting your own small-scale research projects in a wide range of educational settings. You'll take a total of 180 credits, including four core modules, two option modules and a dissertation.
Your studies can focus on current developments in education and issues of immediate concern. As such, as well as providing a coherent and satisfying educational experience in its own right, this programme can serve as an excellent introduction to work at PhD level.
Choose two modules from the following list:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Independent Study Module (Dissertation) for MA programmes in the Department of Education (60 credits)
You will develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. To complete this masters, you will produce a 12,000-word dissertation based on your research project.
Examples of dissertations recently completed by students include:
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,440||£18,700|
Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.
There are no mandatory additional fees, but we do recommend that you set aside some money for photocopying. Course books will be available from the Library and online reading packs are available for most modules, but you may wish to buy your own copies. Each book typically costs £20 to 40.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
We've made some changes to the way our courses are delivered to minimise potential disruption from the ongoing global pandemic.
You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises, workshops and online learning.
You'll spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.
There will also be opportunities to attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of educational topics.
You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Types of assessments used throughout this course include:
This broad-based course is an ideal grounding for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or to go into a career in teaching, journalism, policy-making or management.
The wide variety of optional modules allows you to tailor a study pathway in line with your individual interests and professional goals.
A number of our graduates go on to research degrees in Education and related topics.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in a relevant discipline|
|International pre-masters programme||Pre-masters from our International Pathway College|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 100 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all requirements|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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