Our MA in Education is a one-year, part-time course for teachers and school leaders to develop expertise in the field of education through critical evaluation of research and scholarship.
This is one of the most popular Masters courses of its type in the UK and the largest Masters course in the university. We take students from all round the world. They appreciate the opportunity to follow their own interests while being given clear guidance about the requirements of a serious level 7 academic qualification.
The course consists of 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
- Research methods
- Project/dissertation planning and design
- Ethics in educational research
You will submit three essays and a dissertation under the guidance of the university tutor.
Everyone on the Master’s course is allocated a supervisor. You will be able to meet with your supervisor at times that are suitable for you both. This is likely to be via Zoom/Teams or another online meeting platform. You are also supported by study sessions during the course. There is usually a session early in the course to introduce you to how the course will run, then there will be twilight sessions during the year to support you with each module and with the completion of the dissertation overall. The majority of these are optional in terms of attendance as we know that many people struggle to be available at certain times. However, all these sessions are recorded and can be watched after the live event. This means that as you progress through the course you end up having a library of videos to support you to a successful outcome.
Should I do the MA in Education or the MA in Education (Evidence-based Practice)?
The MA in Education (Evidence-based Practice) is longer and has more of a focus on evidence-based practice. It is 180 credits which means you can get a student loan in England. However, if you have credits you wish to bring with you, then opt for the MA in Education or MA in Residential Education – the topic of focus is up to you (with agreement from us).