MA Education.

    Course Overview

    Duration: One year full-time or three years part-time
  • The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. For example current students have opted to research how to:

    • Develop innovative approaches to the teaching of maths with a view to enhancing student outcomes,
    • Use cross subject teaching to improve student engagement in the Arts,
    • Explore how a values based approach to school leadership enhances teaching and learning.

    Students generally study on a full-time (one year) or part-time basis. With a blend of one-to-one learning, distance learning and attendance at our Saturday practitioner days, you’ll be able to design and develop your own assessments throughout the course. Following completion of this course and with enhanced subject-specialist knowledge, you’ll be ideally placed to inform change in your practice settings.




    This course provides a flexible approach to your studies, with learning being informed by your work setting and specific subject interests. You will be given the chance to identify your own research interests to shape your modules and assessments.

    This course provides a vital route to career progression and enhanced professional practice. Whilst the MA is aimed at professionals already working in education related settings, the university can offer help in finding appropriate work placements.

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* denotes a compulsory module:

1st Year
  • Independent Study
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Research Design*
  • Dissertation*
  • Leadership and Governance of Church Schools
  • Developing Co-operative Learning Approaches to Teaching and Learning
  • Values-Based Education
  • NQT Career Development Portfolio
  • Managing Inclusion in the Classroom
  • Leadership in Learning and Education Contexts
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

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.

Course Leader

This course is facilitated by Dr Karen Stockham, a highly experienced education professional with an interdisciplinary teaching background. Dr Stockham’s research specialisms include mountaineering literature, English literature, education and sociology. Other tutors contribute high level subject expertise to the programme.

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    From September 2016 the government have made loans for postgraduate study available through The Student Loan Company. Potential applicants are advised to check their eligibility on The Student Loan Company website.

    It is worth researching on-line to see if there are Independent Trusts or Foundations who may be able to offer bursaries in your subject or make a fee contribution. Publications such as The Grants Register and The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts provide information on possible sources of funding. On-line databases also include Scholarship Research and Postgraduate Scholarships.