M.A. Education

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13730 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Nottingham | Nottingham, United Kingdom
The MA Education is a unique modular programme of study designed to relfect the needs of individuals or organisational cohorts.

Description of Education


The MA Education is a unique modular programme of study designed to relfect the needs of individuals or organisational cohorts.

While each module has its own unique focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of historical, political and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

The overall purpose of the Masters programme is to deepen and refine your capacity for critical reflection on your practice as well as on the mental models which inform your work. Systematic practitioner inquiry is therefore an organising principle that underpins all modules on the programme, and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to your professional practice.

A hallmark of the MA Education is its commitment to equity and diversity, and its flexibility to meet the needs of individuals and organisations. Flexibility is evident in terms of offering you a range of:

  • specialist module options to create a personally and professionally meaningful qualification
  • modes of delivery to take account of individual needs and professional contexts
  • exit points en-route to a full masters programme

Key facts

  • The School of Education is one of the largest and most respected education departments of any UK university, leading the way in research and teaching quality
  • Our academics are major national and international figures, in a wide variety of subject areas

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13730 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5380 Year (EEA)
Start date January  2016, July  2016, September  2016
Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

The MA Education can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. There are Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exit points. The course is available to individuals and also available for cohorts from single schools or consortiums.

The course comprises modules totalling 120 credits, plus a 60-
credit dissertation.

Full-time students will be required to choose two modules per semester, part-time students will choose one per semester. Please note the Practice Based Inquiry module is a compulsory module and must be studied at some point during the course. You can view the 2014/15 generic timetable showing which modules are running and when.

Individual applicants

The MA Education offers a flexible approach to planning your study. As an individual there are different modes of study available to you:

  • ten weekday twilight sessions over the course of a semester or academic year
  • Education Summer School (intensive one week block per 30 credit module)
  • available as an online programme

Cohort applicants

The School of Education welcomes approaches from educational
organisations looking for a bespoke programme for their own staff,
perhaps in collaboration with other local organisations (e.g. feeder
schools, special schools, PRU, FE colleges, integrated services) to
create or develop a local network of educators learning together.

Staff from the School of Education will deliver the modules on your own premises or in a local community setting for a group of 10 or more staff, and sessions will be scheduled by negotiation with group members. These may take place in any of the following formats or a combination of all three:

  • during twilight sessions after school
  • on inset days
  • weekend or holiday day

The MA Education has two core modules - Practice Based Inquiry (30 credits) and the dissertation (60 credits). The remainder of the 90 credits come from elective modules grouped in subject areas.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words (or equivalent). To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

English Language Requirements


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

  • Entry requirements:Applicants would normally hold a good first degree with at least second class honours.
  • Other requirements:Experience within an educational setting is required.
  • IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Work Experience for Education

No work experience is required.

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