M.Sc. Education Practice and Innovation

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR15560 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Southampton | Southampton, United Kingdom
The central theme of this programme focuses on innovation across Lifelong and Work-related learning sectors. There are two broad strands covered: i) policy and innovative practice and ii) research and theoretical perspectives.

Description of Education Practice and Innovation


The central theme of this programme focuses on innovation across Lifelong and Work-related learning sectors. There are two broad strands covered: i) policy and innovative practice and ii) research and theoretical perspectives.

The unique aspect of this course is the ability to align the course content with your own professional practice. You will be able to specialise in a number of directions through your choice of optional units and the focus of your dissertation. The Southampton Education School has extensive research expertise in this area. You will engage in study and research in the company of internationally respected academics.

This programme will appeal to a broad spectrum of teachers and practitioners across all educational sectors but particularly those in post-compulsory education organisations.

The aims of MSc Education Practice and Innovation pathway are for you to:

  • Appreciate the context and policy drivers across the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
  • Develop an understanding of the nature of educational practice and innovation in the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
  • Recognise different forms of innovation in learning and teaching
  • Interrogate different forms of innovation and associated claims
  • Explore the barriers to and enablers of change in educational innovation
  • Recognise and critique the major processes of training and development
  • Identify the process of evaluation and its relationship to training and development.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline September 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15560 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 6724 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

You will study a total of seven modules and produce a dissertation. You will focus on education practice and innovation through the study of two pathway modules such as: Teaching and learning innovation; Curriculum change and innovation; and Lifelong and work-related learning in context.

There may be opportunities to personalise aspects of study within these modules.

Core common modules: Understanding educational research; Learning and teaching; Policy and curriculum; Dissertation studies

Optional modules: one optional module from a range of masters modules offered across the University. The optional module will normally reflect our research expertise in areas such as: lifelong and work-related learning; leadership, school improvement and effectiveness; mathematics and science education; professional practice and pedagogy; social justice and inclusive education; leadership and administration in higher education; mentoring and staff development

Dissertation: 16,000 words

Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

Assessment: 6 assignments (each equivalent to 4,000 words), dissertation (16,000 words)

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Education Practice and Innovation

Good honours degree from a recognised university; practical experience in the proposed area of study may be considered.

Work Experience for Education Practice and Innovation

No work experience is required.

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