This is a full Master’s course and so is eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s loan if you live in the UK (www.gov.uk/masters-loan). It is an eighteen-month, part-time course for teachers and school leaders to develop expertise in the field of education through critical evaluation of research and scholarship.
The course consists of a module on the latest in evidence based practice, a literature review, which informs a research project to explore an educational issue with a view to improving the candidate’s own professional practice or that of others. The study culminates in a dissertation involving a candidate’s own project in their school or research in a wider field of education.
What is the point of doing an MA when I have a PGCE or am an experienced teacher?
Professionals do not stop learning at any stage in their working lives. Doctors and lawyers, for example, have to have regular refresher courses. In the same way, teachers need a framework like an MA within which to learn about recent research in education and be prompted to consider whether they could be even better at what they do.
Not only will you learn about recent research in education, but you will also learn how to do research yourself.
Having taken the trouble to gain this qualification will show your employer and future employers that you are a serious, professional employee.
You will find the course intellectually stimulating.
Conducting a literature review
Academic writing of a literature review and critical evaluation
Project/dissertation planning and design
Ethics in educational research
If studying online, the online version will include online live meetings with the tutor.
You will submit three essays and a dissertation under the guidance of the university tutor.
have a degree from a UK University (2.2 or above) or equivalent
be working in a school
Applicants must also pay a non-refundable £275 registration fee.
Fees are invoiced for in September, at the beginning of the course, and can be paid in termly instalments or in one lump sum. Termly instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice.
All staff at COBIS member schools get a 5% discount on course fees. To ensure discount is applied please select COBIS from the partnership box on your application form.
As there is no requirement to attend the University of Buckingham for more than one day while on this course accommodation is not provided.