Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,000 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 14,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible

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This award is designed for those with a broad interest in education and enables students to undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice and develop the skills and confidence to enhance professional practice in learning organisations.

AimsThis course is available as the MA in Education, or the MA in Education with a specialism in:

* Educational Management

* Gifted Education

* Special Educational Needs

* Science, Maths and Technology

The University reserves the right not to run a specialism where the numbers are insufficient to make it viable in a particular year.

The MA in Education award enables you to:

* identify problems and questions in areas of interest and to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them;

* undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice;

* develop the skills and confidence to enhance professional practice in learning organisations;

* undertake a critical and informed evaluation of relevant research.

The MA in Education award is designed for those with a broad interest in education. Three core modules cover the central issues of educational research: Assessment, Learning and Teaching and Professional Education. Three option modules can be selected from those on offer in the programme. The Dissertation module allows you to undertake a substantial, critically-informed, independent research assignment in a particular area of educational study.

Candidates who are successful on the MA programme, particularly in their dissertation, may apply for entry to higher degrees, including the taught Doctorate of Education or the research-based PhD.


The programme has a flexible structure which meets individual student needs, and includes: core modules covering the central issues of educational study and research, option modules which provide breadth of study and a dissertation module which allows for specialist study in an area of your choice.

The organising principles which underpin the programme provide links between the MA modules and our research strengths.

These research strengths are in the areas of:

* Professional Education
* Enhancing Teaching and Learning
* Inclusive Education

The MA in Education is designed to enable you to identify problems and questions in areas of interest and to design study plans and research strategies to deal with them. It will help you to develop skills and enhanced professional practice within learning organisations, and will offer you effective support undertaking research in a particular area of educational study.

Modules (all core) * Foundation Disciplines in Education
* Literature and Policy Analysis
* Action Research
* Research Methods in Education

Main topics of study: the work of educational professionals as research-informed activity; beginning the process of inquiry; the idea of experiment; surveys; interpretative research, case studies and interviewing; ethnography and observation; evaluation; action research.


All students enrolled on the MA in Education award will be offered a choice of focus for their dissertation which allows them to opt for a specialist MA in Education award.

Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:

* Evaluation of a project in ICT;
* An investigation of teaching programmes for children with dyslexia;
* Provision for gifted and talented pupils.


A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Relevant professional experience is desirable.

Associate students who register for individual modules may progress to the Master's course by successfully completing four modules.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

English Language Requirements * IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)

* Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)

* BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

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.


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