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MA Education

Research your own passions within the field of education. Use your findings to benefit your organisation and enhance your career progression.

Part-time flexible study options

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree is usually required, however admission on the grounds of experience is considered for highly experienced applicants.

Accreditation of prior, certificated learning can be given for up to 90 credits for relevant Masters' study undertaken within the last five years.



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Duration One year full-time or two years part-time

Course Summary

Our MA Education provides opportunities for practitioners across a wide range of contexts to research and apply theory to practice in order to drive improvements in their current professional settings. The course offers flexibility for busy professionals to engage in postgraduate study. It can be studied either part-time or full-time at our Plymouth campus or part-time at our Marjon Cornwall campus in Truro to fit in with professional and family commitments. 

Our MA Education is taught in partnership with Teaching School Alliances, Multi-Academy Trusts, SCITT partners, Diocesan offices, military, health, sport, outdoor education, local authorities and a wide range of other employers and organisations throughout the South-West and beyond.

The course ethos is informed, first and foremost, by a renowned student-centred approach focusing on developing and enhancing professionals’ practice and specific subject expertise, which allows you to identify your own research focus.

Why this course at Marjon?

An individual student-centred approach with outstanding support from a community of expert tutors.

Flexible modules which enable students to develop their subject and research focus.

Opportunities to join an inter-disciplinary Masters’ community for the sharing of innovative ideas and practice.

Opportunities to study for named pathway awards, including: MA Education, MA Education - Educational Leadership, MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring & Leadership and MA Education - Disability.

A flexible and practice-centred approach developed to support the needs of busy professionals.

Modules for this course


1st Year

Independent study
A tutor-supervised study on any topic of your choice.
Values-based education
A tutor-supervised study in which you'll explore the values of the organisation you work within to gain an understanding of their impact upon practice.
Becoming a reflective practitioner
You'll develop your understanding of reflective models and how to critically reflect upon your own practice and the practice of others.
Research design
In preparation for future research projects you'll design a research poster outlining your chosen methodology, methods and paradigm, and develop your understanding of research ethics.
A 15,000-word, tutor-supervised research dissertation.

Current students say...

Rebecca Brewer

“The most enjoyable aspect of my course has to be the research I have been inspired to carry out: local schools have embraced the papers I have written and written policy based on recommendations I have made. It couldn’t be more fulfilling. I have looked at how schools and families best engage and the impact it can have, and how children’s characters are developed throughout their time at school. This MA has enabled me to gain deep insight into how I can add real value.”

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How can I enhance my own subject expertise?

How do I develop research ideas to explore something that matters to me and/or my employer?

How can I enhance my own capacity for excellence; as well as that of the organisation I am a part of?

How can I develop my critical writing skills at Masters’ level?

How do I publish my research to reach a wide professional community?

We are an outstanding college and expect top-quality continuing professional development. Marjon’s MA Education has exceeded expectations. The flexible, individual-centred, distance-learning ethos and excellent practice-based 1:1 tutorials enable our staff to complete research which will develop and enhance their practice and contribute to our learners achieving top outcomes. This is absolutely crucial to our mission to provide the very best learning and teaching.
Stephen Criddle - Principal at South Devon College


Emmanuel Rouve

“I use my Masters’ every day, specifically in the creation of a coaching culture within the School. I also using my knowledge and pedagogical practice to inform wider change in educational technologies. The findings of my research provided me with strong arguments to create an innovative culture and to create a Learning Lab. I am in no doubt that this initiative influenced my appointment as Director of the School of Apprenticeships.”

Emmanuel is the Director of the School of Apprenticeships for the French Navy.

John Blackmore

“The course allowed me to reflect on my classroom practice and consider how to address the barriers to learning faced by my students. My action research papers transformed the ways I broach certain skills, topics and modules with my students, while the breadth of my critical reading has made me more receptive to new teaching strategies. The MA has given me confidence to take new risks in the classroom and provided reassurance and direction in my pursuit to become an even better practitioner.”

Jon is Head of Faculty for English and Drama.

Pam Bryant

“My research looked at how to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged learners within music, which involved trialling many different methods. This has enabled me to ensure that the gap remains very small within my classes. In turn I have been able to share this practice with the wider educational community, a skill which will stand me in good stead when I look to progress further in my career. I cannot wait to progress further by undertaking a Doctorate”.

Pam teaches music and drama.

What might you become?

In general terms, a Masters’ degree can enable career progression in a highly competitive market place and promote career mobility. Career opportunities will vary according to students’ fields of work, but holders of a Masters’ degree can expect to demonstrate highly flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership of learning and mastery of a subject area. For example, previous graduates have progressed to County Advisor positions, middle leadership, school leadership and/or executive leadership positions.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The course is delivered to fit in with your work, through distance learning, focusing on 1:1 tutorials, practice-based conversations at your workplace, professional focus groups, Saturday workshops and occasional key-note lectures at our campuses in Plymouth or Truro. Hours per week vary depending on work, life and family commitments.

How will you be assessed?

The key assessment methodology is action research, taking the form of small practice-focused projects, a research proposal poster and a final-stage research dissertation. You'll use evaluative, investigative, and/or analytical methods to diagnose problems or weaknesses and to develop practical solutions to address them quickly and efficiently.

Course leader

Dr Karen Stockham

Karen brings over 30 years’ experience in working inside and outside University, FHE, informal education and business settings. She is expert in developing flexible study routes to meet the needs of students from a wide range of professional settings and won the University’s student-led ‘Inspiration’ teaching award in 2016.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6,500

Fees for International students: £12,000

Funding available for this course


Additional costs:


Your schedule



Course location(s):

MA Education is available at both our Plymouth or Truro campuses.



Alison Keyworth

Director of the Institute of Education

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Alison has experience of strategic and operational leadership and management within the secondary and HE sectors and is instrumental in the training and quality assuring of in-school coaches/mentors.

Professor Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope

Provost of Marjon University Cornwall

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Tanya is course leader MA Education courses at Marjon Cornwall campus in Truro. An innovative academic, Tanya’s research focus is on educational isolation of coastal, rural and small schools and the relationship with teacher development and educational improvement.

More information

At the start of this course you will meet your university tutor at either our Plymouth or Truro campus to discuss your aims and preferred course pathway, as well as the most appropriate study timeline for you.

Pathways on this programme are:

  • MA Education
  • MA Education - Educational Leadership
  • MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership
  • MA Education - Disability


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