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 course starts in September. 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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For entry onto the MA candidates should have a PGCE. For some this may be a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at level 7 from Buckingham or an alternative university. For candidates with a level 6 PGCE or BSA Diploma, an additional module of study will be provided.
a copy of your PGCE certificate and transcript to show credit level
copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card
The closing date for applications is 16 August 2019.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
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 > >
Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as food when at Buckingham.
Applicants must also pay a non-refundable £275 registration fee.
Staff whose school is a member of the Boarding School Association are eligible for a 25% discount on course fees. To ensure the discount is applied please select BSA from the partnership box on your application form.
All staff at COBIS member schools are eligible for a 5% discount on course fees. To ensure discount is applied please select COBIS from the partnership box on your application form.
Postgraduate loan scheme
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters Degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>
As there is no requirement to attend the University of Buckingham for more than one day while on this course accommodation is not provided.