Name of Programme
MA Education [Evidence-based Practice]
Final Award
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Education
Programme Code(s)
PMAP1PENEB / Part Time / 15 Months
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA 2008 Benchmark statements for level 7 (page 20). QAA 2015 Subject Benchmark Statement for Education Studies 2015
Admission Criteria
UK Degree (2.2 or above). Equivalent qualifications, contact admissions for confirmation.
Applicable Cohort(s)
September 2020
FHEQ Level
Level 7
Summary of Programme
The MA programme consists of 5 modules of study at level 7. It is a full 180 credit programme which means that it is not eligible for credits are part of the entry path. The programme aims to enable teachers to develop expertise in areas of Education through critical evaluation of research and scholarship in the field of education, including a Module on the latest in how this research can be implemented in the classroom through evidenced based teaching. Students will be able to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on educational issues and reflect on the implications for teaching and learning.

Module 1: Transformative Practice (30 credits)

This is an introductory unit to allow the students to reflect on their educational journey to this point and to engage with writing at academic level. In this module students will reflect on their development through critical evaluation of key documents relating to their teaching experience and the professional development they have encountered so far. Students will use this knowledge to begin to consider the implications of undertaking a Master’s programme and what this might mean for their own career.

Module 2: An Overview of Evidence Based Practice in Education (30 credits)
In this module students will engage with recent research trends that have gone on to influence classroom practice. This will link to some of the most recent educational theories and see how they have influenced shifts relating to teaching strategies with the goal of improving pupil attainment. This module will also serve as an introduction to different examples of educational research for Module 3 and also different methods of research methodology for Module 4.

Module 3: Research of literature on contemporary issues in Education (30 credits)
In this module students will research contemporary issues in Education and synthesise relevant literature that will inform the research project for module 5. The module aims to develop meta analytical skills and academic synthesis of educational research and global learning about contemporary issues in Education.

Module 4: Principles of Educational Research - research methods and project design (30 credits)
This module aims to develop advanced skills of practitioner inquiry. Students will use this knowledge to devise their own investigation, often work-based, to explore an educational issue with a view to improving their own practice or that of others. Students will explore a range research and inquiry methodologies as well ethics and reflect on appropriate research methods to present a project proposal. Students will also learn to consider and evaluate ethical implications that could arise during the project.

Module 5: Educational Research in Practice- Master’s Dissertation/ Research project (60 credits)
This module will involve students carrying out their own investigation in to a relevant educational issue that they have assessed as being valid and important following on from their literature review and professional or academic interests. Study culminates in a substantial dissertation and will involve students theorising and presenting recommendations for future practice.

Educational Aims of the Programme
The programme aims to build on the skills developed on their educational pathways. This course aims to translate practical understanding into rigorous intellectual study through critical analysis and research. It also enables for students new to research to understand how this can translate into classroom practice. Study at this level culminates in a substantial dissertation, which contributes to the growing field of theoretical perspectives and theories and practice in Education. The programme is concerned with the development of critical enquiry and reflection, together with professional knowledge and expertise. Students will assigned an academic supervisor whom they can contact at any time during the course through either Skype, phone or email contact for individual support and feedback.

The aims of the programme are:

• Be able to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on educational issues, research, philosophies and initiatives

• To take responsibility for one’s own learning and study independently

• To function as an independently-minded professional capable of contributing to wider educational debate

• To develop skills in searching for and critically analysing relevant literature in order to plan educational research relevant to their chosen areas of interest

• To select and critically evaluate relevant theoretical perspectives relating to a chosen area of educational research

• To synthesise relevant literature and current trends within Education in support of arguments
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Know and understand how to apply appropriate research methodology to conduct school-based investigations or educational research
2. Systematically identify and evaluate educational concepts and engage in critical debate drawing on evidence from relevant theory, research and practice

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Seminars, guided reading online and independent research
2. Independent research

Assessment Strategy

1-2.Written assignment
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Synthesise relevant literature in support of an argument
2. Critically evaluate educational theory and be able to theorise key issues relating to educational practice
3. Exercise critical and independent judgement on key issues in education
4. Analyse and critically evaluate current national and global trends in education

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1.Seminars, guided reading online and independent research
2. Guided reading online and independent research
3. Reading and independent research
4. Reading and independent research

Assessment Strategy

1-4. Written assignment
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1.Effectively conduct an extended enquiry in to an educational issue
2. Demonstrate advanced reflective and evaluative skills to debate issues in education
3. Question their own values and analyse from where they originate
4. Show originality in the interpretation and application of knowledge and findings through research
5. Search for and select relevant literature

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1-5. Guided self-study online and independent research

Assessment Strategy

1-5. Written assignment
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link);
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
10th January 2020
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
January 2020
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Winter ULTC 2020
Date of Annual Review
In line with the University's annual monitoring processes.