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MA in Education (Online)

Mode: 100% online (with optional events)
Length two years (part-time)
Total course fees:  £8,950 (instalments and funding options available)
Start dates:  January, May and September
Next welcome week:  20 May 2024
Next start date:  28 May 2024
Application deadline:  13 May 2024

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

Meet the Programme Director

Watch our webinar with Programme Director Dr Sarah-Louise Jones to find out about the course in more detail.

Meet the Programme Director

Watch our webinar with Programme Director Dr Sarah-Louise Jones to find out about the course in more detail.

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, this extended piece of work will allow you take the learning from all your modules and apply this to a current professional challenge. You’ll be able to work on this challenge over the duration of this final module.

You’ll be supported to engage independently in research in your area of choice, and effectively interweave both theory and evidence to showcase your disposition of inquiry and newly developed capabilities as an educational change maker.

Lexi Griffiths

"I chose the University of Hull because their MA Education appeals as a leadership course, rather than a teaching course. Also I wanted to continue to work full-time, so this MA was perfect."

- Lexi Griffiths, online MA Education student

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.

Video transcript - Course overview Grey

Sarah Jones, Programme Director for MA Education: So I'm a senior lecturer in global education and digital technologies. I wouldn't say I'm a traditional academic. Since I left my own undergraduate degree, I've done a variety of different jobs. I've been a window cleaner, a dietetic assistant, I've been a potter, I was a secondary school teacher, and as well as having a range of different occupations, I've also worked in different places. So not just in the UK, which is why I'm based now, but I've also worked in Uganda and spent some time working in South Africa where I live part time as well. Yeah, so I've got a breadth of experience, I suppose you might say.

I've worked here now at the University of Hull for about seven years. I've had a variety of different roles in that time. I mainly supervise PhD students and work at master's level, although I do a little bit of undergraduate teaching as well. And I've also been the director of learning and teaching here in the School of Education. Yes so I think this masters has an innovative structure in that you'll be able to build the degree around what it is you do, or if you're not in work currently, you'll be able to build it around your professional development interests. And importantly, you'll also be able to meet people who come from a wide range of educational backgrounds. So there could be people on your course who are childcare assistants or teachers, or those who've got an education role in charities. And they'll help you to see things through a variety of different lenses. You'll get different perspectives as a result of that as you collaborate together.

So I think the overarching learning outcome from this masters is about developing a disposition of inquiry. So whilst it's important that you leave the degree saying, for example, you know how to carry out a challenge based activity or a piece of research, it's actually more important that you leave with an enquiring mind and the tools in your arsenal to act upon that curiosity. And I think that is really one of the unique parts of this course. I mean, there are some other more tangible outcomes.

For example, understanding the purpose of education and its place within complex systems, the role of education in developing globally competent individuals, or the transformational potential of education, and particularly in relation to things like social justice diversity, but also in relation to educational technologies, for example, and a really fast emerging field within education, which is called third space learning.

So the course is for anyone who is interested or more importantly, who works in the field of education in its broadest sense. So you could be a geography teacher in a secondary school, for example, but equally you could be a deputy head of a primary school or a childcare assistant. You could be an education officer in a museum or in a charity. The key thing is that you have your main interest or occupation being directly concerned with education. And if that's the case, then this degree is certainly for you.

So one of the innovative features of this course is a patchwork assessment, if I can try and unpick that a little bit for you. So most weeks you'll engage in a mini challenge where you decide what aspects of that particular week's learning you want to focus on. Sometimes we'll get you to share these challenges in your online learning sets with your peers and your tutor, and you'll have discussions around what everyone has posted. And I suppose we'd call these on their own standalone artifacts. They're discrete. They mean something by themselves. And you'll probably create quite a few of these over the course of the module at the end of the module.

It'll be up to you to decide in, in, in discussion with your tutor which of these, what we would call artefacts, individual artifacts or patches you want to focus on, and you'll stitch them together with reflective and a theoretical narrative to demonstrate a final piece of assessment that we can mark you against. And in this way, the feedback you receive during the module will help to shape your final work. So the assessment the final assessment might be an essay, but actually it's more likely to be a narrated poster or a slideshow. It could be a web page or an e-book, and we'll support you to develop the skills you need to present the assessment in the most appropriate way. And it's a highly personalized approach to learning that really, really goes to the heart of what this master's is about, which is building the degree around somebody's contacts about building it around their workplace.

But it's never been so important to study for an Ma in education, really. Our world is rapidly changing. I'm sure you're all aware an education is becoming increasingly complex and it's interlinked with this rapidly developing global society in which we live. We're all facing challenges like climate change and mass migrations, economic crises, civil unrest. We've got the sustainability issues that are in common discussion at the moment, and we've got covid, obviously. So it's never been more important to be an educator who I see as a central component within this complex world in which we live at the moment.

And this may is really designed to inspire, empower and delight you as you develop your knowledge and understanding, which will help you meet the challenges of our time, both for yourself and for the students and the people that you come into contact with. So there are a number of distinct features we offer in this course and on their own. I think they're very exciting, but in combination they'll give you a unique experience. So they include things like looking at things from a global perspective, but also national and within the local context. It's also something about the pedagogical approach that we use and the contemporary nature of the project. And as I've already said, it's very student focused and we enable you and scaffold you and support you as you develop a disposition of inquiry.

The program relates to things like sustainable development goals. We upskill you in participatory research methods, which is a new and emerging area of research, and we empower you to make an impact upon your workplace or your professional development. And perhaps the most innovative feature is, is the combination of challenge based learning with patchwork assessment. So as I say, on their own, they are exciting distinguishing features, but in combination I really, truly believe they'll give you a unique experience that you're unlikely to get anywhere else.

We start looking at the global international level, but then we drill down to the National context and also to the local context. And that's not my local context. It's a local context of the students. So if you come from Sao Paulo, if you come from Bogota, if you come from Johannesburg, it's the local context. So we start with the international. We then get you to look at the National. So that's your own national. And then we get you to look at your own local context. And because you're working in a community of learners with people from all over the world, you'll get to share and learn and deepen your understanding of different contexts by talking and learning with others on the course.

So I think this course is highly likely to open up career progression for you. It will be you'll be able to demonstrate that you're a change maker, that you're innovative, that you're inquiry based, and it will really empower you to become an innovator and a change maker in your own subject discipline and within your existing role. I suppose a really important prerequisite for coming on this course is that you are passionate about education and that you have an open mind and that you're willing to collaborate and learn with others who might come from very different contexts yourself, and that you actually embrace that as part of the learning journey. And those are probably as important as having the necessary qualifications to join.

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