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MA Education

Gain skills and knowledge necessary to influence and shape education around the globe

2018/19 entry


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

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This course is designed for those with a broad interest in education.

It is ideal for both education professionals looking to improve their practice and recent graduates looking to enter the field. It allows you to explore the global forces that influence education and will equip you with the skills and confidence to enhance practice in educational settings.

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

Leading research

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the Department was ranked in the top ten for the proportion of its research designated as ‘world-leading’.

Global networking

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.

Course content

This course emphasises educational research and will give you a foundation for conducting your own small-scale research projects in a wide range of educational settings. 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.


You will study four core modules and be able to choose two optional modules

Core modules

Teaching and Learning in Schools: This module will explore some key features of teaching and learning in schools. You will gain an overview of methods and findings from recent studies making use of these key concepts and will learn to apply these, to consider and evaluate teaching and learning.

Theories of Learning and Development: The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to reflect critically on key theories of learning and development, and to ground such theories in the actual contexts of teaching and learning.

Research Methods in Education: This module will give you an understanding of methods used and results presented in published educational research. You will gain a general overview of the decisions educational researchers have to make when they develop a research project.

Planning and Communicating Research: Building on the knowledge and understanding of research methods gained in the previous module, you will engage in planning of a small research project, identifying and managing the different stages involved, from conception to analysis to writing up and disseminating your results. This module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for conducting a research study and will allow you to reflect on these to enrich your own experience.

Optional modules

Study your choice of two optional modules from the full list of modules available to all taught MA students in the Department of Education.

Modules that may be of particular interest for students on this course include:

The modules shown are those running for this academic year. Modules may be subject to availability.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


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:

  • Teaching English Language for Cultural Understanding
  • Identity and Language Learning
  • Reforming Mathematics Education
  • Practical Work in School Science Teaching
  • Education Reform in Rural China

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,580£16,780

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.

  • You will 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.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Vanbrugh College; the rest of your contact hours will be nearby.

Course location

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.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessments used throughout this course include:

  • Four assessment essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length,
  • A two hour ‘closed’ examination in Research Methods in Education,
  • An assessed presentation, research proposal and ethics audit,
  • To cap your studies, you'll complete a 12,000-word dissertation on an original piece of your own research

Careers and skills

This broad-based masters in Education degree 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.

Career opportunities

  • Teaching and academia
  • Media
  • Information management
  • Human resources
  • Central government
  • Local government
  • NGOs

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

Transferable skills

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Data analysis
  • Design and completion of original research
  • Critical reasoning
  • Communication skills
  • Academic and professional language skills in English

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade

You should already have, or shortly complete, an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as English language, linguistics or education with a substantial English component. We would typically expect you to have achieved at least a upper second-class in your undergraduate degree.

If you're an international student, we would typically expect you to have achieved the equivalent of an upper second-class undergraduate degree, such as:

  • USA: grade point average 3.2 or above
  • PR China: average degree score 80 or above

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For Home and EU candidates applications can be made all year round. For candidates from elsewhere we operate two rounds of applications each year. Recruitment round dates.

English language

If your native language is not English, you may need a qualification to demonstrate your fluency. We accept the following English language tests:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65 with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

If you have recently completed an undergraduate degree at a UK university you may be exempt from the English language requirements.

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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