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MA in Education

Three start dates per year: January, May and September

Next course start date: 26 September 2022

Next welcome week: 19 September 2022

Application deadline: 5 September 2022 (we are still taking late applications for our September start date)

Duration: two years (part-time)

Format: online, with optional face-to-face events

Total fees: £8,950 (payment by instalment and funding options available)

Additional costs: due to the nature of the subject, and copyright restrictions placed on institutional libraries by some publishers, students will need to purchase some core texts.

Support with your application: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice.

Why this MA in Education?

It’s never been so important to be involved in education. Your current role, whether you’re a nursery nurse or a policy maker, a teacher or a museum education officer, is pivotal in shaping our future world.

We live in a time of rapid change, and education is at the heart of that process. We all face shared challenges posed by climate change, economic crises, and sustainability, to name a few. On top of these, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone – in a relatively intensive amount of time – to completely re-examine teaching and learning as we know it.

However, in the face of such trials, it’s important to remember that as an educator you have the ability to influence and develop our society for the better.

This Masters course is designed to guide and empower you to rise to the demands of our time. It is informed by evidence of best practice, and built upon robust theoretical perspectives and the latest innovations in education.

As a student of this programme, you’ll be able to draw from your own experiences to supplement your studies, so that you can then transfer your learnings directly back into your career.

You’ll be encouraged to think creatively, and learn how to approach your practice from an international perspective that still supports your local context and its needs.

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What you learn

This course is built to help you rise to your role of a modern educator, while fostering a disposition for exploring and investigating national and global education practices, policies, and contexts.

You’ll discover how to evaluate and develop your professional offering, as well as how to embrace both challenges and opportunities by using the right evidence, theories, and frameworks.

You can expect to:

  • Study the purpose of education and its place within a complex system of histories, politics, geographies, economies, and potential futures
  • Understand the potential of education in promoting and enabling social justice, sustainable development, and lifelong learning
  • Adopt and refine a systematic, critical, and rigorous approach to being an educator in your specific context, informed from a global education mindset
  • Examine the opportunities created for teachers and learners within an ever-evolving landscape of educational technologies and learning spaces
  • Learn about the interdependent, cyclical nature of education and research as a social process, where translational research exists at the heart of best practice


Watch our webinar with Course Leader Dr Sarah-Louise Jones to find out about the course in more detail:

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Course modules

Our modules will equip you with the theoretical and practical know-how needed to take on your role with confidence and professionalism. They were created to support a wide range of educators from all corners of the world.

You study the following compulsory modules.

The Education Explorer (30 credits) Grey

This introductory module will enable you to visualise and locate your work within the wider field of education. We’ll take you on a journey from the past through the present, and to possible futures of education, highlighting key themes and including the evolving significance of education across cultures and sectors.

You can also expect to critically and systematically evaluate the different opportunities and challenges presented in various global settings. Near the end of the module, you’ll use the knowledge gained to create an action plan that will support your efforts throughout the rest of the programme, ensuring that your learning is focused on your specific needs and context.

The Digital Educator (30 credits) Grey

During this module, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of educational technologies and how to use digital tools pedagogically within the appropriate settings. You’ll also learn how to keep abreast of the latest innovations in this ever changing field.

Additionally, your coursework will help you hone your problem-solving skills and learn how to overcome resistance to change. You’ll delve into the ways you can actively and consistently engage colleagues to embrace useful technologies and related innovative teaching processes for the benefit of learners.

The Transformative Educator (30 credits) Grey

Through exploring evidence-based research, you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of how education intersects with social justice, diversity, equality, and sustainability.

Your coursework will enable you to analyse and evaluate arguments about how inclusive practices might be developed in a range of educational settings, along with how the Sustainable Development Goals can be integrated into your own place of work.

The Education Research Practitioner (30 credits) Grey

With this module, you’ll gain a practical and ethical understanding of participatory research methods to support your progress into becoming an education-led researcher and a research-informed educator.

The concept of translational research will be central to your studies. You’ll develop your understanding of research integrity and enhance your ability to clearly communicate research and insights to different audiences.

The Education Change Maker (60 credits) Grey

The final stage before achieving your full Masters, your Challenge Based Project will allow you take all of your studies and apply them to a current professional challenge. You’ll be able to work on this project over the duration of your entire programme.

You’ll be encouraged to supplement your course learnings with more self-research in your area of choice, and effectively interweave both theory and evidence to showcase your newly developed capabilities as an educational change maker.

How you're assessed

All assignments are based on coursework and submitted online. There are no exams.

You’ll regularly receive formative assessments, both formally and informally, to help you analyse your performance and develop your learning. They do not contribute towards the final mark of any module.

Near the end of each module, you’ll take on a summative assessment, which will formally measure your output against the requirements of the module. Your growth will also be supported via patchwork assessment.

This highly personalised approach to learning involves cycles of peer and tutor feedback, ongoing self-reflection, and interconnected weekly tasks. Through this, you’ll develop a deep, transformative understanding of your studies and profession.

Your summative assessments may include the following

  • Practical work – examples include projects, presentations, debates, and events.

  • Written work – examples include essays, case studies, individual reports, and strategies.

  • Patchwork – weekly challenges such as blogs, infographics, and plans that are ‘stitched’ together to create a final narrative.

What are the entry requirements?

If you're unsure whether you're eligible to apply, please get in touch with our friendly course adviser team for advice:


Career prospects

Earning your MA in Education can help open exciting new routes for career progression, particularly into leadership or management positions, while also helping you innovate in your existing role.

You’ll be able to understand how people – including yourself – think, operate, and react when faced with challenges and opportunities.

Upon completing the programme, your forward-thinking, evidence-based approach to education will help you navigate these with confidence.

Plus, by developing a disposition of inquiry and a mindset geared towards lifelong learning, you’ll be able to continue upskilling and enhancing your practice as your field evolves.

You could even go on to seek opportunities in a variety of different places, such as
  • Schools and universities

  • Youth and community work

  • Training and development

  • Museums and galleries

  • Non-governmental organisations

  • Charities with education roles

If your coursework inspires you to pursue further study, your Masters will also equip you with qualifications and research skills needed to embark on a PhD programme.

Ready to apply?

Our step-by-step application process is easy to follow.


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