1 year full-time
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.
Types of assessments used throughout this course include:
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.
A number of our graduates go on to research degrees in Education and related topics.
You should already have, or shortly complete, an undergraduate degree with at least a upper second-class or equivalent.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
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.
We would typically expect you to have achieved the equivalent of an upper second-class undergraduate degree, such as:
If your native language is not English, you may need a qualification to demonstrate your fluency. We accept the following English language tests:
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.