M.A. Education

University of Bedfordshire | Luton, United Kingdom
The course is intended to develop individual staff and the schools/educational institutions of which they are a part. It has been designed to offer a flexible structure enabling individuals to follow particular routes suitable for their own development.

Description of Education


This course has been designed for education professionals who are actively involved in teaching, learning support, educational leadership and educational organisation. It has a flexible approach and enables you to organise your studies to suit your own career development and focus on an area of personal interest.

The course comprises a mandatory Research Methods in Education module and a dissertation linked to your chosen MA Education pathway. You will be given a wide choice of units to study and the opportunity to conduct research in a diverse range of contexts.

In addition to the possibility of working with groups in the workplace, you may accredit professional qualifications against your Master's degree credit, to a maximum of 50 per cent of the course.

Why choose this course?

This Master degree in education will help you develop the skills and knowledge to effectively make informed decisions about how to progress your department or your school. It will also enhance your Continuous Professional Development and support the development of your career should you wish to seek management or headship positions.

During the course you will:

  • Benefit from the opportunity for professional progression in education, either in classroom practice or educational leadership
  • Be able to study part-time to fit in with existing work commitments
  • Gain the chance to tailor the course to suit your individual needs and preferences
  • Develop your practice with the support of a motivated and experienced postgraduate team
  • Choose your focus and opt to specialise in one of the areas of study

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 9900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4500 Year (EEA)
Start date July  2015, September  2015, October  2015, January  2016, February  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Evening

Course Content


You are required to submit the assessment identified for each unit of study. Clear details of the core learning outcomes, assessment criteria and M-Level criteria are identified in the Course Handbook and / or unit handbook. The assessment you complete will depend on the units you choose. As far as possible, assessment across units has been designed to give you experience of a wide range of assessment tools.

The specific focus of each assessment will be negotiated with your unit tutor to ensure that the assessment meets your personal and professional needs and is appropriate to your chosen focus and unit.

The course provides you with a carefully planned and coherent sequence of learning opportunities that facilitates your development via formative and summative assessments.

The Research Methods in Education unit is specifically designed to support you in preparing and planning for your dissertation. It is important that the developmental feedback provided on this unit is used to inform the development of your dissertation. The first meeting with your dissertation supervisor will be a discussion of your completed Research Methods in Education unit, to provide a framework for your next steps.

Educational Aims

The MA Education (Leadership and Management) aims to provide a coherent, personalised and progressive framework for your professional learning and career development by integrating progression in the demonstration of relevant professional practice with Masters Level requirements. The course is focused on supporting you in developing your practice and knowledge of leadership and management in education.

The course aims to build on your previous training and experience through a progressive learning framework, which culminates in the completion of a piece of sustained research, the dissertation. You will develop and demonstrate professional standards and skills at Masters Level in critical reflection and systematic enquiry. The course will support you in selecting, critically engaging with, evaluating and applying to your practice the research, literature and policy frameworks for leadership and management in education.

English Language Requirements

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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

This course requires you to undertake research in education and therefore you need access to an educational setting in order to complete your assessments. Some units require you to be working within a specific role within your organisation and therefore some optional units may not be appropriate for you. Your choice of units will be discussed with you at application and as you progress through the course.

Credit Transfer

It will be possible for credits to be brought into the course through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

The maximum RPL allowed for this award is 90 credits.

All RPL must be mapped to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of units within this award.

This award is designed as a progression route for those completing a Postgraduate Certificate in education, which is awarded 60 credits of RPL.

Work Experience for Education

No work experience is required.

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