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Education Studies (Early Childhood) at Winchester shares the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the Education Studies programme but specialises in the in-depth study of educational processes related to early childhood. Read more
Education Studies (Early Childhood) at Winchester shares the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the Education Studies programme but specialises in the in-depth study of educational processes related to early childhood.

Programme Content

Students may wish to pursue the three year Single or Combined Honours BA (Hons) Education Studies (Early Childhood) pathway or the four year Single Honours MEd Stud (Hons) Education Studies (Early Childhood) pathway.

Alongside the compulsory modules for the Early Childhood pathway, students have the opportunity to work with other areas of study - race, gender, power, ecology and inclusion - and to apply these to early childhood. A variety of themes are drawn upon to explore early childhood in relation to ideas and political developments which have contributed to changing conceptions about family life and forms of caring for the young, both in the context of schools and in the wider culture.

Study in Year 1 is foundational and aims to provide a general level of contextual understanding for subsequent study. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences, comment on how these experiences have influenced them and begin to familiarise themselves with the names and terms that impact current educational theory. The knowledge gained is built upon in Years 2 and 3. Students engage with social, political and cultural perspectives - building on knowledge and critically deploying it in relation to real-world situations.

The MEd Stud programme extends the Education Studies approach into Level 7, and engages with research methods and philosophy of educational research. Students have an opportunity to gain Masters credits as they deepen and extend their understanding of programme content through an extended dissertation.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/med-stud-hons-education-studies-early-childhood.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Assessment

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Careers

Many graduates pursue a career in teaching or pursue roles within social services, student support, local government and the caring profession.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

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Education Studies (Special and Inclusive Education) at Winchester shares the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the Education Studies programme but specialises in the in-depth study of educational processes related to Special and Inclusive Education. Read more
Education Studies (Special and Inclusive Education) at Winchester shares the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the Education Studies programme but specialises in the in-depth study of educational processes related to Special and Inclusive Education.

Programme Content

Students may wish to pursue the three year Single or Combined Honours BA (Hons) Education Studies (Special and Inclusive Education) pathway or the four year Single Honours MEd Stud (Hons) Education Studies (Special and Inclusive Education) pathway.

Approaches to and views of special educational needs, disability and inclusive education are considered through the study of differing disciplines and schools of thought, including disability studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, political theory and feminism. The education and inclusion of diverse groups of students and young people in schooling and society is examined in relation to questions of social justice, identity, gender, race and politics.

In Year 1, students engage with questions of special needs, disability, inclusion and exclusion in education in connection to their own experiences. In Year 2, students engage with theory that illuminates key issues in disability, impairments, exclusion and inclusion in schooling and society. In Year 3, students draw upon their experience and knowledge to critically evaluate policy, practice and theory in special and inclusive education.

The MEd Stud programme extends the Education Studies approach into Level 7, and engages with research methods and philosophy of educational research. Students have an opportunity to gain Masters credits as they deepen and extend their understanding of programme content through an extended dissertation.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/med-stud-hons-education-studies-special-and-inclusive-education.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Assessment

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Careers

Students become teachers, work with disabled children and/or adults, specialise in special needs in schooling, and enter caring professions.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

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Education Studies at Winchester specialises in looking at educational themes, ideas and practices in the widest possible sense through educational theories and philosophies. Read more
Education Studies at Winchester specialises in looking at educational themes, ideas and practices in the widest possible sense through educational theories and philosophies. Students explore a range of contexts from the classroom and the learner's experience through to education as a lever for social and political change. Theoretical perspectives are drawn from themes which include gender, citizenship, representation, childhood, technology, truth and power.

Programme Content

Students may wish to pursue the three year Single or Combined Honours BA (Hons) Education Studies pathway or the four year Single MEd Stud (Hons) Education Studies pathway.

The Single Honours Education Studies programme is both a rigorous academic degree and an excellent preparation for those who wish to take a PGCE. The Combined Honours programme is also appropriate for those intending to follow a variety of career paths and particularly for those intending to take a primary or a secondary PGCE at the end of their degree, and these students might choose another National Curriculum subject as their other field of study to enhance an application.

Modern, philosophical, cultural, social, psychological and historical perspectives are all used as analytical tools to help examine educational debates and a wide variety of educational themes and concepts. Students interrogate the educational process as a whole and seek answers to questions about the purpose, value, misuse and difficulties of education and learning.

The MEd Stud programme extends the Education Studies approach into Level 7, and engages with research methods and philosophy of educational research. Students have an opportunity to gain Masters credits as they deepen and extend their understanding of programme content through an extended dissertation.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/med-stud-hons-education-studies.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Assessment

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Careers

The programme provides good training for any educational role within public services, business, the service industries, personnel, libraries, museums, galleries and charities.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

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The MEd in Education Studies allows you to put together a personalised pathway of modules drawing from across the whole of the MEd Programme. Read more

Why this course?

The MEd in Education Studies allows you to put together a personalised pathway of modules drawing from across the whole of the MEd Programme. Education Studies can be combined with other areas from within the wider MEd programme at the University of Strathclyde.

This course is ideal for those who want to build a broad-based study of education without specialising early in a single area.

The part time version of the MEd in Education Studies is very flexible and we welcome relevant Masters credits that you may have accumulated from earlier study of other courses or at other institutions.

The flexible nature of the course allows you to gain Masters accreditation for professional activities that you’re carrying out as part of your current professional role, such as curriculum development or school or workplace improvement.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/educationstudies/

You’ll study

This course is available to study full or part-time.

In the full-time route, you’ll study three core modules, including Critical Reading & Writing, in addition to some elective and optional modules. You’ll also undertake a two-part dissertation.

The part-time route is similar to that of the full-time, except you only study one core module – Critical Reading & Writing.

Research project

You’ll carry out a research project of your choice, which is divided into two parts.

In the first part, you’ll develop your understanding of appropriate research methods in education and consider the ethical requirements. In the second part, you’ll be allocated a supervisor in a one-to-one relationship who’ll support you to carry out and report your research project.

The earlier modules of the course will help you decide your area(s) of research.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through small group seminars. You’ll be given reading and other reflective activities to carry out in your own time, which will be drawn on in the seminars.
The full-time MEd in Education studies also includes a range of student and staff-led research seminars that you’ll participate in.

Assessment

The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

Careers

The MEd in Education Studies is not a teaching qualification. However, Masters level study of education can enhance students’ academic and professional understanding of education in ways that can enhance practice and career opportunities in the broader field of education.

Former students have been in a range of education-related careers including:
- teaching in compulsory education
- teaching in post-compulsory education
- community education
- local authority education
- young people’s services

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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The MSc in Education Studies and TESOL combines a broad exploration of educational issues, practical experience of observing local schools, and training in TESOL theory, practice and research. Read more

Introduction

The MSc in Education Studies and TESOL combines a broad exploration of educational issues, practical experience of observing local schools, and training in TESOL theory, practice and research. On the TESOL side, the degree will provide you with a solid grounding in the principles of language learning and teaching and an understanding of research methods in TESOL, as well as giving you the opportunity to pursue an interest in teaching young learners, computer-assisted and online language learning, or English grammar and discourse analysis. In education studies, you will join a programme of visits to local schools and learn about the wider pastoral role of being an educator in a professional context. You will engage in discussions around the issues of difference and diversity and consider critically some of the wider theoretical and policy-based contexts for professional practice. You will also explore different approaches to educational research and their underlying assumptions.

Who is this course for?

This degree is particularly appropriate for teachers (with at least one year’s experience) who want to study for a post-graduate degree with a strong education element as well as a focus on TESOL. You may be attracted by a broader qualification than the MSc TESOL, or you may want to extend your teaching experience with knowledge about TESOL. You may be planning to teach in a state school or in an international school, and you may teach other subjects as well as English. The degree will also be relevant to you if you wish to go on to study for a PhD or to work in teacher education or school management.

Top reasons to study with us

1) You will gain a Master’s level TESOL qualification in teaching from an Education centre for excellence that is ranked 9th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2016.
2) The qualification combines a focus on TESOL with a broader understanding of educational theory and practice.
3) It involves visits to local schools, which will give you a first-hand experience of the pastoral role of teachers in schools.
4) You will have the opportunity to work with home and international students from a wide range of backgrounds.
5) You will be taught by TESOL professionals who have combined experience of living and teaching in all continents of the world

http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/social-sciences/education-studies-and-tesol

Delivery and assessment

The taught modules delivered on a face-to-face and blended basis. The delivery types (e.g. lectures, workshops and student presentations) are carefully selected to suit the module content and your needs.

Summative assessment for the taught modules will vary depending on their respective learning outcomes (e.g. presentation, annotated bibliography, essay, research proposal). For each 20-credit module, you will be asked to produce a piece of work which is equivalent to a 3,000-word essay.

Study abroad opportunities

As one of our TESOL students, you will be able to avail of fantastic opportunities to gain valuable work experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages in 33 European countries through the Erasmus+ traineeships, or through our partnership with the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil. These traineeship/placement opportunities also provide you with a chance to network with colleagues in other institutions and/or to collect data for your study.

Please check the overseas placements page for additional information. http://www.stir.ac.uk/education/tesol-overseas-placements/

Employability

The University of Stirling is committed to enhancing your employability. Once you register for the MSc Education Studies and TESOL, you will have access to the first-class range of services offered by the Career Development Centre, which you can avail of even after your graduation. Within TESOL, we additionally provide you with a tailored workshop series entitled “My career in TESOL” aimed at developing your awareness of continuous professional development, your knowledge of job market requirements and your confidence in applying for jobs.

Industry connections

The programme is taught by experienced researchers who have extensive connections in the field of TESOL, including publishers and governmental organizations such as the British Council. You will have a chance to network with a range of other key players in the field who are invited to deliver workshops and seminars in our ELTR (English Language Teaching and Research) event series.

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MA Education Studies provides opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of issues relating to a diverse range of educational policy and practice. Read more
MA Education Studies provides opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of issues relating to a diverse range of educational policy and practice. It enhances analytical and research skills and provides sociological and philosophical insights into the study of education.

Programme Content

This programme provides opportunities to engage with significant questions, issues and debates within education studies. Students advance their analytical skills, deepen their
understanding of educational theory and methodology, and develop their capacity to reflect critically on professional practice.
Drawing upon differing disciplines and schools of thought, including sociology, law, philosophy, political theory and feminism, the programme invites students to analyse educational experiences, values and practices in ways that are creative, rigorous and rewarding. Students examine the politics of educational policy and practice in relation to questions of social justice, identity, gender, race and the teaching of diverse groups of students. The aim is to engage students with a diverse range of intellectual resources so they might situate themselves in ongoing dialogues about education that are themselves educative.

Modules

Core modules include:
• The Politics of Educational Policy and Practice
• Research in Education Studies
Optional modules include:
• Education and Identity
• Education, Ecology and Social Justice
• History, Gender and Education
• Disability and Education
• Special and Inclusive Education
• Progressive and Alternative Forms of Schooling

Learning and Teaching

During a course of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, students are offered opportunities to engage in focused group work, to evaluate the contributions of theorists and educationalists, to consider case studies drawn from empirical research and to delve into the rich tapestry of their own experiences to reflect critically upon educational issues, policy and practice.

Assessment

In this programme, each module is assessed through written assignments, usually essays of up to 5,000 words. Assignment titles emerge from the context of each module, although there are opportunities for titles to be individually negotiated between students and module leaders. Students are also provided with full, one-to-one support in the production of a dissertation, which is a substantial piece of independent research of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Careers

The programme is of benefit for anyone interested in pursuing or advancing careers in professions that involve care and service. It also provides a firm foundation for undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

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Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, the nature of knowledge, and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding. Read more

Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, the nature of knowledge, and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding.

This programme offers an intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, systems and approaches, and their cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts. Postgraduates are able to participate in, and contest, changing discourses exemplified by reference to debate about values, personal and social engagement and how these relate to communities and societies.

Students have opportunities to develop their critical capabilities through the selection, analysis and synthesis of relevant perspectives, and to be able to justify different positions on educational matters. This award provides the knowledge, understanding and critical analysis to inform current and future professionals in education, for different areas and contexts.

The full time MA Education Studies is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements.

We welcome applications from non-EU internationals for the full-time route and students are suported at every stage by MMU International.

About the Course

Our MA Education Studies is part of the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme. We also have a large number of student-professionals studying on our part time Postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

This means, you will join a lively and forward-thinking postgraduate taught community in the Faculty of Education of over a thousand full and part-time taught postgraduate students. We run some wider events for all our postgraduate taught students, such as the Methodology Fair, where there are multiple opportunities to network, and that provide enhanced opportunities for learning at postgraduate level.

Assessment details

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework driven modules. There are no formal examinations for this course. Taught sessions are mainly conducted during weekdays. In addition to the taught sessions, you are expected to work independently.



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Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. Read more
Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context.

This course is for both prospective teachers and non-teachers, who are looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then this course would be ideally suited to you (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

You’ll gain a deep insight into education through discussing topics and questions such as the nature of learning; teaching in different countries and cultures; education and the economy; how marketing effects education; how education systems are managed; responsibility in curriculum and teaching; government control in education; and many more.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In the first trimester, you'll study Language and Educational Ideology, and Education: Economics, Politics and Society. Each are worth 30 credits.

In the second trimester, you'll study Education Policy worth 15 credits, Research Methods in Social Science worth 30 credits and also another chosen module which will be worth 15 credits.

In the final trimester, you will go on to study and complete the Dissertation modules which will be worth the final 60 credits of the degree.

For more information on modules, please go to the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-studies/

TEACHING METHODS

Modules are taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place from late afternoon.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module and 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation.

For more information about teaching and assessment methods, please view the Course Handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-studies/

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Many of our graduates seek new career paths to educational management, training or in related fields. Some wish to continue their expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in, say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.

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The Master’s programme. Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies. challenges you to make connections between scientific research and practical issues. Read more

The Master’s programme Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies challenges you to make connections between scientific research and practical issues. It addresses what is needed when problems arise in child and adolescent development, or in parenting or education of children at risk.

Objective of the programme

This Master’s programme will enable you to develop yourself as an academic and clinical professional. Armed with scientific insights and clinical skills, you will be able to give advice, support, treatment and guidance concerning clinical issues in raising children and adolescents. You can make an important contribution to research of practical care issues related to children and youth. You will help children, youth, their parents and the systems surrounding them to function to their optimum potential. This programme prepares you to work as a scientist practitioner in youth care in clinical or transnational settings.

Working in a multi-disciplinary way

While studying complex situations you will combine insights from education and child and adolescent studies, psychology, neuropsychology, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, juvenile justice, pediatrics and sociology.

An international programme

This programme’s working language is English. This means that English will be used during lectures, for scientific exchange between students and staff. You may opt to use Dutch or English for your thesis and individual assignments. Certain parts of the programme, such as a clinical internship in an institution with Dutch speaking clients or patientsare only available to students who speak Dutch.

Clinical issues in raising children and youth: a sound basis

You will take three mandatory courses concerning:

  • Working as a clinical professional in different contexts;
  • Critical Analysis of Youth Development: an Ecological Systems Approach
  • Functioning as an academic professional.

On top of these courses you will follow an elective course, a specialisation and write a Master’s thesis.

Research feeds education

Your lecturers will participate in highly qualified research in the field of parenting, adolescence, education, development and learning in the research programmes Child and Adolescent Studies and Education and Learning. This means you will benefit from their most recent scientific insights. Moreover, as a Master’s student your thesis can contribute to the current research within the programme concerning projects such as:

  • STudy of Attention capacities of moderately Preterm born infants
  • The YOUth cohort study: social competence and behavioral control
  • Extra support for toddlers: “ToddlerExtra”
  • Evaluation of the Rock and Water support programme
  • Evaluating therapy for depressed adolescents
  • Projects from the Consortium on Individual Development
  • Research on Adolescent Development And Relationships

After graduation

The Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies prepares you for work from a transnational perspective, or for a career in a clinical setting. You will be able to give advice, support, treatment and guidance when problems in child and adolescent development arise. You will be a trained expert in clinical issues in raising future generations. You could work as a policy adviser or care giver in several fields such as youth care, special needs care in schools, care for people with a disability, paediatric rehabilitation, forensic care and (inter)national knowledge institutions. You can also pursue a career in research, for instance at a university or knowledge institution.



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This course starts in 2017. The MA Education Studies offers a choice of routes for practising professionals and managers in educational settings. Read more
This course starts in 2017. The MA Education Studies offers a choice of routes for practising professionals and managers in educational settings. Masters level study is viewed by many as being essential for career progression and supports professional development in education and related fields. This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the current landscape in education and engage with wider theories and issues. Students will develop critical thinking and hone higher level skills.
Students can choose to undertake either a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) or a full MA in Education Studies. Optional modules allow students to follow different routes, including leadership and management and early career development or to focus on areas of interest relevant to the students own professional practice.

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In this rapidly changing world, a postgraduate course can serve different needs and give you that extra edge that today's employers are looking for, or secure that much needed promotion. Read more
In this rapidly changing world, a postgraduate course can serve different needs and give you that extra edge that today's employers are looking for, or secure that much needed promotion. Whatever your academic or professional goals, Bangor University's long tradition of academic excellence will help you get there. Our performance in the latest Research Assessment Exercise confirms the University's status as a world class research institution

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The course allows you to pursue a combination of critical reflection on contemporary educational issues, educational research and opportunities for continuing professional development. Read more

Why take this course?

The course allows you to pursue a combination of critical reflection on contemporary educational issues, educational research and opportunities for continuing professional development. Designed for those with an interest in the general field of education, and for educational professionals from recent graduates to those in established careers, the course has a broad-based structure that allows for a range of progression opportunities.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Examine a range of current contemporary issues and perspectives in education at a local, national and global level
Study educational research methods in preparation for a dissertation or work based project
Choose a subject specific pathway that is related to your research interests and/or your CPD needs
Have the opportunity to conduct an action research project related to your employment

What opportunities might it lead to?

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

School mentor
Middle manager
Senior educational leader/manager
University lecturer
Teacher

Module Details

The course has three core units, a choice of subject core option pathways and one further option. The content reflects current debates in the education sector examining key issues in the areas of childhood, educational psychology, SEND, and schools, colleges and universities at a national and global level.

Core units include:

Contemporary Perspectives in Educational 
Studies
Research Methods in Education
Dissertation

Subject pathways to choose from include:

Childhood Studies: The Child’s Voice in the 21st Century
Educational Psychology
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Pedagogy and Practice

Options include:

Action research project
Leadership, policy and strategy -the Management of Education
Working with Children and Young People in a Digital World 


Programme Assessment

The course is taught via a range of teaching methods and online delivery.

There is face-to-face teaching for the core units and a mixture of online and face to face for the optional units

You will be assessed through various methods, including:

Essays/ reports,
Blogs,
Literature critiques
Dissertation proposal,
Presentations,
Extended personal study

Student Destinations

Successful graduates will have studied both the theory and the practical application of current knowledge in the education sector, and may have applied this directly in a work-based project. This will support entry to, or progression in, a career in education. Roles that graduates will be suited for include:

School Mentor
Middle manager
Senior educational leader/manager
University lecturer
Teacher

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The new African Studies degrees at UCL draw on world-leading research and expertise from across the university, and offer a unique opportunity to choose one of four distinct pathways. Read more

The new African Studies degrees at UCL draw on world-leading research and expertise from across the university, and offer a unique opportunity to choose one of four distinct pathways. In the African Studies with Education MA students will come to understand some of the challenges surrounding education in contemporary Africa - including poverty, inequality, gender, education and employment, education and technology; vernacular education and the diaspora.

About this degree

The degree pathways share a common core, comprising modules on the continent’s political and economic past and present. In addition, the Education pathway explores aspects of education and learning, through a bespoke 'African Studies and Education' core module and a range of advanced optional modules drawn from the UCL Institute of Education and other UCL departments. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Africa: Dialogues of Past and Present
  • Debating Africa's Future
  • African Studies and Education

Optional modules

Students choose three from a range of optional modules including but not limited to the following:

  • Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
  • Planning for Education and Development
  • Education, Conflict and Fragility
  • Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
  • Education in Muslim Communities
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
  • Cultural Heritage, Globalisation and Development
  • Cultural Memory and Identity
  • Research Methods in African Studies
  • Performance, Visual Media and Popular Culture in Africa
  • Archaeology and Education

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. This dissertation must focus on a research question related to educational issues in or about Africa.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars and guided independent research. Assessment is through essays, portfolio, research proposal and examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: African Studies with Education MA

Careers

Graduates will be well placed to take up diverse positions within education-related organisations, national and international policy-making bodies, non-governmental development organisations, or within national ministries and the public sector. 

Employability

Students will develop skills in a wide range of areas related to education in Africa, including theoretical and practical concepts concerning the challenges of researching and delivering education in Africa. Graduates will be well placed to go on to jobs in the enducation, NGO or policy sphere. Students will also have the option to choose a research methods module which will introduce them to transferable skills, including research ethics, participatory research skills, data analysis and GIS, archival work, ethnographic field techniques and presentation skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a unique teaching and learning environment in which to study education as it relates to the continent of Africa. More than 35 permanent members of UCL academic staff focus their research primarily on Africa and their field activities span the continent. This expertise is combined with that of the world-leading UCL Institute of Education to provide unparalleled insight into education policy and practice.

African Studies marks the first time existing expertise on Africa at UCL has been combined to offer an interdisciplinary degree. The new African Studies and Education pathway has been co-developed with the UCL Institute of Education and draws on the university's core strengths in teaching and reseach on education in Africa.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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In the master programme in Education and Child Studies students can choose a specialisation in one of the sub disciplines of Education and Child Studies. Read more

In the master programme in Education and Child Studies students can choose a specialisation in one of the sub disciplines of Education and Child Studies. All specialisations prioritize the students’ academic education.

The master programme in Education and Child Studies is an academic programme that focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence based solutions to problems occurring in child rearing and education. Students choose a specialisation from the start. All specialisations have one course in common, a course on the practice of empirical research. The rest of the year is spent deepening the students’ scientific knowledge in the field of their choice, doing an internship and completing a master’s project in which students carry out their own research and prepare a written report of their research project.

Specialisations



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Gain a strong foundation in education practice and theory with our Master of Education degree. Delve into contemporary education issues, connect with the latest developments in the field, and garner the expertise to move beyond the classroom. Read more

Gain a strong foundation in education practice and theory with our Master of Education degree. Delve into contemporary education issues, connect with the latest developments in the field, and garner the expertise to move beyond the classroom.

With a flexible course structure, featuring nine specialisations and extra electives, you can pursue your own interests and further your specialist teaching practice. Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students and advanced standing is available to qualified educators who wish to fast-track their studies.

Specialisation options

Careers

The Master of Education offers professional learning for educators in a broad range of fields, including early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational and adult.

It’s designed for professionals who already hold, or seek to move into:

  • Leadership and/or management positions within educational and professional settings
  • Policy making roles and responsibilities within government and non-government organisations
  • Specialist and coordination positions
  • Professional development/capacity building positions in educational, workplace and or community settings
  • Other education and training settings.

Please note that the Master of Education is not a teaching qualification.

Outcomes

In this course you will:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice in specialised areas of education
  • Be exposed to the latest research that is driving change to policy and practice in educational settings world-wide.

Pathways

  • Advanced standing of up to 100 credit points of the 200 credit point degree will be granted to applicants who have either:
  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.
  • Students interested in completing a thesis are encouraged to apply for the Master of Education - Research. Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Educationprogram or a PhD.


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