The MA in Residential Education is a one-year, part-time course for those working in or with an interest in boarding schools. It is offered in partnership with the Boarding Schools’ Association. This the most popular Masters courses of its type in the UK. 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.
This course allows those with experience in boarding, who are keen to research, to write about a topic of interest to them. The heart of the MA is a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. You will do a literature review, which informs your dissertation, and you will learn about different research methods. You will be expected to read widely.
Applicants may be from state or independent boarding schools in the UK or abroad.
Why should I do this MA?
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 can benefit from the MA framework as it gives them an opportunity to discover recent research in education and to challenge their own best practice
This is a unique form of professional development for those that work in boarding schools
Not only will you learn about recent research relating to boarding, but you will also learn how to do your own research.
This is a more economical way to complete an MA compared to courses offered by other universities
Gaining a Master’s in Education can be an excellent form of professional development and can help you in developing your own career as a qualification that is taken seriously by employers
You can complete this course through distance learning and still receive individual support from an experienced tutor
Once agreed, it is a chance to pursue your own area of interest within boarding and to discover the latest work in this area
You will find the course intellectually stimulating and challenging
Establishing your research focus
Discovering relevant literature and how to write a literature review
What is expected of Level 7 academic writing?
How to navigate the topic of research methodology
Planning your dissertation
Ethical considerations when researching
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.
For entry onto the MA some candidates will have a PGCE – this may be a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at level 7 from Buckingham or another university. For candidates with a level 6 PGCE or BSA Diploma (which is a helpful route into Master’s study) an additional module of study will be provided. For candidates without a PGCE or a degree, alternative entry requirements exist and can be discussed further with the Faculty of Education team.
How to apply
Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button or contact The School of Education by email or by calling +44 (0)1280 820 222.
To apply you will need to supply:
a copy of your PGCE certificate and transcript or BSA Diploma to show credit level if applicable
If no PGCE or Diploma are available then you will be required to put together a professional portfolio – discuss this with the Faculty of Education team
copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card
Closing date for applications is 31 July 2021.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
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Level 6 entry
Level 7 entry
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.
Staff whose school is a member of either the Boarding Schools’ Association or the Australian Boarding Schools Association are eligible for a 25% discount on course fees. To ensure the discount is applied, please select BSA or ABSA (as applicable) from the partnership box on your application form.