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MA Education Who is it for?


You are a graduate in a related subject area or have professional experience and wish to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding of learning, teaching, assessment and other educational issues including leadership.


About the Course


You will engage in detailed analysis and evaluation of established and innovative theoretical perspectives and practice-based approaches in education and its related areas of activity.


During your time at the University you will have an opportunity to study several aspects of education, to visit schools and engage with a wide range of teachers and educational researchers.


In recent years we have welcomed students from many countries including India, China, Pakistan, Philippines, Greece, Israel, Gambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Cameroon. This rich mix of cultures and languages enables us all to learn from each other and to share a wide range of experiences and expertise. We hope that you will enjoy making new friends and building networks for the future.


Each year some of our international students progress from studying for the MA to joining our PhD programme. You will meet some of these colleagues during your time studying with us. The School of Education has a vibrant research culture and we anticipate that you will enjoy participating in the work of educational researchers and sharing your ideas with them.


Whilst each country has unique features within its education system there are also many global issues which challenge our schools and the children within them. We therefore see this course as providing an interesting exchange of ideas and providing a structure through which we can all learn together.


Course Content


In order to achieve the MA Education all international students are required to undertake a series of assessed modules supported by a range of other non-assessed activities. These are designed to enable you to gain mastery of your subject and to become a part of the research and scholarly community within the School of Education.


In addition, study support groups will provide an opportunity for you to be given structured advice about your assignments and practical help with organising your work, conducting literature searches and managing your reading. They will additionally afford you an opportunity to work in teams with other students on the course and with the support of experienced researchers.


You will undertake a placement one day a week in a local school. This will provide you with an opportunity to get to know a school and its staff and to work alongside an experienced teacher. These visits are designed to enable you to contextualise the work which you will be doing in taught sessions and through personal study. Following each visit you will discuss your observations and have an opportunity to reflect upon what you have learned from the visits.


All students on the programme will undertake the following modules.


Semester one:


Postgraduate Academic Skills (compulsory not assessed)


Introduction to the English Education System (compulsory not assessed)


International Perspectives on Education Research Methods


Semester two:


Investigating Individual Professional Practice (Please note that this module will be linked to the School Placements outlined above).


Dissertation


Semester three: Educational Leadership


Completion of dissertation. Assessment


The course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. You will complete your final dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor.


Career Opportunities


Our former students have used the expertise developed on the course to assist them in seeking more senior posts within education. Some use the MA as a stepping stone to progress to PhD study and see this as a helpful route into an academic career.


Duration of Course


The programme is structured over a period of one year and therefore modules are spaced over three semesters.


Entry Requirements


You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area. Applicants with other qualifications, in particular those with recent professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English Language requirements of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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