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MA Education

Learn how to shape education around the globe

Year of entry: 2021 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2021 (term dates)

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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

Leading research

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.

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 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.

Modules

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two modules from the following list:

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

Dissertation

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:

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

The York approach

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Analyse and assess the implications of current issues and key trends in the field of education based on a critical understanding of the sector and its methodological traditions.
  • Contribute to decision-making concerning teaching, learning and education by critically appraising, evaluating and synthesising information from diverse knowledge bases, literatures, perspectives and contexts to produce well-evidenced arguments.
  • Inform and improve practice in specific educational contexts by using a broad range of theoretical frameworks and concepts to evaluate approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Communicate complex information and arguments clearly, confidently and in a professional manner, making use of oral, written and visual formats.
  • Initiate and conduct independent, focussed research projects by engaging in thorough planning, rigorous ethics procedures and the selection and application of appropriate principles, methodologies and approaches.
  • Collate, manage and critically analyse complex empirical data using digital tools in order to support presented arguments.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2021/22

Study modeUK (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.

Fees information

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.

Additional costs

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.

Funding information

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.

Living costs

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.

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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): changes to courses

We've made some changes to the way our courses are delivered to minimise potential disruption from the ongoing global pandemic.

Teaching format

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.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West.

About our campus

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 3,500-word assessed essays
  • closed examinations
  • 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 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.

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

Typical offer
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

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
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.

If you've not met our 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.

Applying

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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