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. The course can be taken either completely online or with the inclusion of days of training at the University.
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
Project/dissertation planning and design
Ethics in educational research
You will submit three essays and a dissertation under the guidance of the university tutor.
You can either take the whole course online OR come for two days at the university, one at the start and one in the middle of the year.
For entry onto the MA some candidates will have a UK PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at level 7 from Buckingham or another university.
Candidates with a degree but no level 7 PGCE will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence of their work of up to 7000 words (further advice will be given).
How to Apply
Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button or contact The School of Education by email email@example.com. To apply you will need to supply:
copy of PGCE certificate and transcript to show credit level (if you have one)
copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card
The application deadline is 15 July 2021.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
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 installments 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.
If you wish to apply for a fees loan then you should take the MA in Education (evidence-based practice).
As there is no requirement to attend the University of Buckingham for more than one day while on this course accommodation is not provided.