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 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.
To take this MA you only need to spend one day away from your school. The date in 2020 is Saturday 19 September. Although this day is not compulsory, we do strongly encourage you to attend as it contains important course information. 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
The course requires attendance at a one-day seminar at the University of Buckingham School of Education and this day covers the following topics:
- 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
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