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The Practitioner Enquiry MEd offers teachers, school leaders and other educators the means to engage in enquiry and research related to their own practices and contexts. Read more

Course overview

The Practitioner Enquiry MEd offers teachers, school leaders and other educators the means to engage in enquiry and research related to their own practices and contexts. Practitioner enquiry is associated with school improvement, teachers' professional development and educational innovation.

There is a general pathway and a leadership pathway – the latter requires you to focus on modules and a dissertation related to educational leadership and management.

Course participants come from across educational phases (early years to HE) and between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and universities, and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.

The courses encourage you to take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle, and helps you to become more critically reflective to develop approaches rooted in evidence.

You will complete taught modules, to suit your interests and complement your career progression. There are also specific modules designed to support early career and leadership progression. In each module, appropriate professional learning is based on exploring the links between practice, theory and research.

Modules can be taken in any combination and order, allowing you to create a tailor-made course to suit your professional needs and interests.

The modules develop innovative approaches to meeting the demands of your work, whether just starting out in your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.

The knowledge and skills you develop through taught material will be consolidated and extended through completion of a dissertation.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/practitioner-enquiry-leadership-med/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/practitioner-enquiry-leadership-med/#howtoapply

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The Master of Education. Critical Enquiry is a three year part-time online programme for professionals working in education settings. Read more
The Master of Education: Critical Enquiry is a three year part-time online programme for professionals working in education settings. Participants build on their skills in reflective practice to critically engage with educational theory, research, policy and complex professional issues.

The programme utilises a collaborative approach to online learning, with learning activities designed to develop teacher agency, support professional dialogue and develop critical enquiry to inform practice. Participants choose the focus of their work on each module to fit with their professional interests and responsibilities. The collaborative learning activities support participants to work together on practice and develop creative responses to professional issues.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• The course is fully online allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
• You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills
• Specifically you will use theory to reflect on practice; critically reflect and engage with a range of professional issues and develop your collaborative skills and work as an effective member of a team
• You will carry out educational enquiries and research in your workplace
• There is an induction day in June when you will meet fellow students and hear the outcome of education enquiries from students already on the course

Modules

PgCert

Introduction to Critical Enquiry; Policy and Practice; Collaborative Enquiry

PgDip

School based research approaches; Critical reflection and enquiry; Teacher Agency and professional practice

MEd

To achieve the award of MEd you must submit a proposal for and complete an educational enquiry project.

Locations

Argyll College UHI, West Bay, Dunoon, PA23 7HP
Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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This programme in cultural enquiry offers the chance to research a diverse range of objects and themes from multidisciplinary perspectives. Read more
This programme in cultural enquiry offers the chance to research a diverse range of objects and themes from multidisciplinary perspectives. Working at the intersections of cultural studies, humanities and creative practice, the course asks you to consider where and how culture happens. With visits to cultural organisations, lectures from practitioners and a focus on practices of writing, curating and presentation, this MRes is ideal for students interested in taking an active role in cultural production and intellectual enquiry.

The programme is taught by academics from across the School of Arts and is designed to prepare you to undertake MPhil or PhD study in arts and humanities, including practice-led approaches to research and development of approaches to cultural production beyond academia. Helping you to broaden your research methods and interests, whilst supporting you in the development of distinctive projects, this programme aims to foster and support the practice of research and writing in order to challenge divisions between theory and practice, criticality and creativity.

The course aims to:

Encourage multidisciplinary enquiry into, and engagement with, a diverse array of research objects.
Develop your writing and other methods of cultural enquiry that will allow you to participate critically in the development of creative practice in and beyond academia.
Develop curiosity in subjects and objects inside and outside of the traditional boundaries of arts scholarship.
Foster a critical understanding of research practice and disciplinary discourses.
Engage with the current and historic landscape of cultural practice and its institutional formations.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
Gain a postgraduate, multidisciplinary research degree in preparation for further independent study within cultural studies, humanities and the arts.
Explore themes and practices relevant to contemporary cultural production, curating and cultural programming.
Be part of an innovative programme of study working with creative practitioners and cultural institutions within and beyond academia.
Develop your own creative practices and skills as a writer and researcher.
Be taught by academics within their current areas of research.
Our School of Arts is among the top 5 in the UK and comprises many academics and subject areas, from English literature and history of art, to digital media, mediated geographies and practice-led research. You will have the opportunity to find out about the breadth of this research and take part in research events at our research centres in areas including film, theatre, media and creative practice, humanities, poetics, photography and digital media.
You will also have access to a programme of events in the School’s exhibition space (the Peltz Gallery) and cinema, as well as the opportunity to work with the Derek Jarman Lab. In addition to academic-led events there are a large number of activities, including a range of reading groups, organised by our thriving postgraduate research community.

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What we offer. -For each module, one day attendance at the University. 0Individual support with school-based enquiry. 0Training for a school based coach to support students on the programme. Read more
What we offer:
-For each module, one day attendance at the University
0Individual support with school-based enquiry
0Training for a school based coach to support students on the programme
0On-line and face-to-face academic tutorial support
0Full access to the University’s Learning Resource Centre and virtual learning environment

The MTL covers four core content areas:
-Teaching and learning
-Subject knowledge
-How children and young people develop
-Leadership and management

Why choose this course?

The MTL has been developed to help teachers improve their practice by applying evidence and insight to their teaching.

The programme is school-based and the focus is on the personal professional development of teachers. The MTL will help to stimulate and embed a culture of lifelong learning and peer support within schools, maximising the potential of both staff and pupils.

The programme provides high quality professional development opportunities for both participants and school-based coaches.

Teaching methods

This personalised, school-based Master's programme provides a unique opportunity for individuals and groups of teachers to enquire into their own practice whilst addressing school improvement priorities.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Assessment and Inclusion
-Teaching and Learning

Optional
-Enquiry Skills
-Leadership and Management
-Professional Practice Enquiry 1
-Professional Practice Enquiry 2

Year 2
Optional
-Assessment and Inclusion
-Enquiry Skills
-Leadership and Management
-Professional Practice Enquiry 1
-Professional Practice Enquiry 2
-Teaching and Learning

Year 3
Optional
-Assessment and Inclusion
-Enquiry Skills
-Leadership and Management
-Professional Practice Enquiry 1
-Professional Practice Enquiry 2
-Teaching and Learning

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This programme is designed for practising teachers who are either in or aspiring to leadership roles in education. The programme will cover the major elements of leadership and management in education and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning leadership and management. Read more
This programme is designed for practising teachers who are either in or aspiring to leadership roles in education. The programme will cover the major elements of leadership and management in education and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning leadership and management.

Why this programme

-If you are a teacher and looking to develop your understanding of teacher leadership and/or progress into the role of Principal Teacher (or Head of Department/Faculty), this programme is designed for you.
-You will benefit from a combination of academic and practice-focused learning to develop your capability to lead teaching and learning within your school (or Department/Faculty); particularly to achieve the ambitions of Curriculum for Excellence.
-There is a focus on collaborative, enquiry-orientated learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues to bring about improvement.
-Your learning will be supported by an academic staff that plays a leading role in the area of career-long professional and leadership development in Scotland.

Programme structure

The MEd has three phases of study:

Years 1 and 2
An entry Postgraduate Certificate linked to participant’s professional experience, particularly experience in a promoted post:
-Teacher leadership
-Middle leadership and management

Year 3
Two optional courses selected from one of the following areas of study:
-Middle leadership and management
-Leading professional learning
-Supporting pupil learning
-Futures and international perspectives
-Wider perspectives within educational studies

Year 4 and 5
Planning and designing a practitioner enquiry followed by practice-focused dissertation

Career prospects

It is likely you will already be employed within education. The professional development you gain on this programme should help enhance your career. The programme also provides an excellent platform for you to move onto doctoral studies and an academic career.

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This part-time degree is aimed at teachers and school leaders who want to explore the potential of evidence-based practice in the classroom. Read more
This part-time degree is aimed at teachers and school leaders who want to explore the potential of evidence-based practice in the classroom.

You’ll develop in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning alongside advanced skills in professional enquiry, improving your research skills and learning to analyse the evidence you gather. We believe that better understanding of school-based research not only supports professionals, but allows them to make their own practice more effective and contribute to school improvement.

Through a series of Saturday schools and time spent on research of your own, you’ll study core modules exploring how evidence-based practice can help you to develop teaching and learning. You’ll also complete a research project of your own.

Taught by experts and experienced practitioners, this programme will equip you with the skills to become an effective practitioner-researcher, as well as broadening your skills and enhancing your prospects of promotion.

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The Doctor of Education degree is aimed at experienced educational professionals and sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field in terms of knowledge, awareness and understanding. Read more

Overview

The Doctor of Education degree is aimed at experienced educational professionals and sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field in terms of knowledge, awareness and understanding.

The professional doctorate is for those who are eager to make substantial and original contributions to the development of educational knowledge in a broad range of settings.

The degree meets the need for the highest levels of professional development and training of both educators and those concerned with educational policy and administration. The prime focus is on the interplay between the multi-dimensional practices of education and scholarship.

The degree is designed to engage current practitioners with knowledge, awareness and understanding of the philosophical, organisational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and other educational institutions.

Exploration of the nexus between theory and practice begins with a series of taught units that will develop you capability to perceive critical issues facing educators and policymakers today through the lens of contemporary and historical research and philosophy. This broad foundation will enable you to hone your specific interests towards the conduct of supervised research that will make an original contribution to your field.

Programme features

- a high-level academic study of a range of educational and professional issues
- four tutored units and a supervised research component
- will enable you to make a contribution to knowledge through unit assignments, and through your research enquiry
- focus on the interplay and relationship between professional practice and scholarship.

Programme structure

You will complete four taught units (two are optional) before moving onto the Research Enquiry.
Core units

- Educational Research: philosophy and practice
- Educational Policy: theory and practice

Optional units

- Curriculum philosophy and practice
- Educational management, leadership and administration
- International education: philosophy and practice
- Language, culture and education
- Philosophy of education
- Pilot research enquiry *
- Reading paper *

* If your background and experience is appropriate, one of your units can be a reading paper or a pilot research enquiry.

Learning and teaching

Each unit is led by a specialist tutor and comprises:

- Tutored time - 40 hours involving you in lectures, group work and individual or paired tasks.
- Independent study - 80 hours in which you will research issues raised in tutored time and plan, research and write the Unit Assignment.

Studying by means of directed learning is currently possible for some units. In the Research Enquiry phase, a supervisor and co-supervisor will be responsible for giving you advice and support, and monitoring your progress.

Intensive teaching weeks

On-campus units are offered at specific times of the year according to a programme published in advance.

The Summer School normally runs for three weeks from the beginning of July, one or two units are also usually offered in January (applications for both must be made via Summer School process).

One core and one optional unit are typically offered via distance learning in either the spring or autumn term.

Methods of assessment

Units will normally be assessed through one assignment of 8,000 words.

Your Research Enquiry will be assessed through a viva voce examination at the University by a member of staff (not your supervisor) and by an external examiner especially appointed to your thesis. The Research Enquiry must provide evidence of originality of mind and critical judgement about your chosen aspect of education, and must contain material which is worthy of publication.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

- First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.
- Advanced qualification (MEd, MA or MPhil) in education or a related field. Alternatively, the completion of two Masters level education-focused units at the University of Bath will be considered.

Professional requirements

- Appropriate professional experience in the practice of education or a related field.

English Language requirements
(Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.)

- IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
- TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

References

- Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference.

Financial information

Please see the programme page for full programme fees.

Funding

http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/funding

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-The MA Games Art and Design degree allows you to develop your Games Art and Design skills and knowledge to a professional level. Read more
-The MA Games Art and Design degree allows you to develop your Games Art and Design skills and knowledge to a professional level
-You will produce a commercial-standard personal portfolio that reflects the forefront of current practices in approach, style and vision
-Explore the theoretical and contextual understanding of games art, its audiences and significances in our contemporary media culture
-Develop professional-level enquiry, research, creative invention, project planning and management practices
-On this masters degree you will learn in a multi-disciplinary environment through discussion and the exploration of ideas

Why choose this course?

This MA Games Art and Design degree meets the needs of the games industry. The games industry has developed dramatically from the days of the solo practitioner to become a global market where large teams of artists work in unison to create content for the next generation of interactive game technologies. The current games art and design practitioner is likely to become a specialist in one area, such as character modelling, environment creation, lighting, animating etc. This award fuses technical knowledge of real-time rendering with the aesthetic decisions and traditional skills you will need as a games artist.

On this postgraduate Games Art and Design degree, your study will include ways of thinking about the cultural resonance of your work and about the audiences it is made for, about the nature of creativity, and the role of the Cultural Industries in a modern knowledge economy. Through your study you will develop a range of project management skills, and an ability to identify and manage your own learning. You will consider the role of enterprise opportunities in commercial, professional and social environments. Enquiry, research and clear communication underpin work throughout the programme. As well as specialist modules in your chosen discipline area the programme includes modules that are shared with other postgraduate awards in the School of Creative Arts.

The structure of MA Games Art and Design promotes cross-discipline discussion and maintains the enthusiasm and focus of discipline specialists. It enables you to develop the key transferable skills of postgraduate study grounded in activities that have currency, relevance and application for your future career and for further academic study.

The MA Games Art and Design course, part of the postgraduate Media programme, offers you a coherent learning in one of several awards. It enables you to develop creative practical skills in a discipline of your choosing. That work may extend your existing skills, knowledge and understanding, or it may mean a change of direction, new learning, and new experiences. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned professionals work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as an Games Artist. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary media environment.

You will also acquire enquiry and information handling skills, enterprise skills in the development and presentation of ideas, in communicating in the spoken and written word, and addressing particular audiences.

Teaching methods

On this programme teaching and learning emphasises enquiry led project work, developing the kind of independence and autonomy that is appropriate for postgraduate education. Lectures, seminars and other discussions bring students together in multi-disciplinary groups where ideas are shared, challenged, developed. Workshops and other activities develop specific discipline centered skills and understandings while tutorials develop individual study trajectories and responses to assignment tasks and briefs.

Much of the time students are engaged in self-managed independent study, undertaking enquiries and research, developing skills, inventing and developing ideas, realizing project outcomes, exploring the cultural resonance of their work.

All students on the PG Media programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

Work Placement

There are work related learning opportunities on this course, all students complete a live external brief as part of their coursework.

Structure

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Major Study: Games Art and Design
-Media Discourses
-Practice 1: Media
-Practice 2: Media
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach children aged five-11 years. Read more

Course Overview

The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach children aged five-11 years. The strong emphasis of the programme is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.

The Primary PGCE is built upon a consideration of the relationship between theory, practice and research, with 120 days spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm foundation for the professional journey towards being an outstanding practitioner.

The course consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum in school. You will cover: art; design and technology; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; mathematics; music; physical education; religious education; and science.

The time spent on placement builds your confidence and competence as a classroom practitioner.

The course benefits from positive and longstanding relationships with a number of partnership schools. This enables a wide range of experiences to be gained across a range of contexts. Course modules are firmly rooted in school and classroom practice.

The PGCE covers the five–11 age range.

You will undertake a combination of academic and professional study in order to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This includes successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership's tests in numeracy and literacy prior to commencing the course.

During the PGCE you undertake 60 credits of Master's level modules. If you successfully pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at Master's level and are recommended for QTS.

Students who pass the PGCE with QTS have the option to continue their studies on a part-time basis on the MEd Practitioner Enquiry. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings and draws on the experience you acquire through your day-to-day teaching. Students choosing this option benefit from fast-track entry, which enables them to complete the MEd Practitioner Enquiry in two years.

We also offer expertise in historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on education, including: social justice; the Institute of Diversity and Equality Practitioners award; training in philosophical enquiry for children validated by SAPERE

Our graduates are high-quality professionals who meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status and exercise the professional judgement required to promote the highest quality education in the contexts in which they work. They engage actively with enquiry-based learning, research and theory in order to continuously develop professional knowledge.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/postgraduate-certificate-in-education-pgce-primary/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/postgraduate-certificate-in-education-pgce-primary/#howtoapply

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COURSE OVERVIEW. The Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) is principally designed to support professional learning entirely in a school, college or partnership context. Read more
COURSE OVERVIEW
The Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) is principally designed to support professional learning entirely in a school, college or partnership context. The MTL approach involves individual and collaborative practice-based enquiry, guided by a tutor and linked to institutional development priorities.

KEY FACTS
• Based in the workplace, the MTL focuses on day-to-day practice.
• The programme is personalised, so you can choose areas to develop, research and study.
• Designed to support the development of teaching and learning skills, the MTL helps you to develop an open and questioning mind-set through an enquiry approach, enabling you to embrace change, challenges and opportunity.
• You will work collaboratively alongside colleagues with the support and guidance from an experienced tutor throughout the course.
• The MTL integrates with your current role and institutional professional development and can support promotion.
• The course will provide you with the opportunities to undertake academic study and prepare you for even higher study in the long term.
• It is possible to use evidence from previous study or experience relevant to the subject to claim for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Please note that completion of this course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

COURSE STRUCTURE
STAGE 1: Leading to PGCert in Education.
Choose modules up to 60 credits from the below. These modules are optional, but highly recommended for those new to master’s level study. You may choose, with guidance, one of these modules at 30 credits, both modules at 15 credits or both modules at 30 credits, depending on their study needs and previous experience. In place of these modules, you may select one or two 30 credit modules from Stage 2. You may also choose a module from our MA Education at this point.

Reflecting on professional practice (15/30 credits)
Developing professional enquiry skills (15/30 credits)

STAGE 2: Leading to PGDip in Teaching and Learning.
Choose a further two 30 credit modules from:

Teaching and learning, personalisation and assessment for learning (30 credits)
Subject knowledge and curriculum development (30 credits)
Learner development and inclusion (30 credits)
Leadership and management, working with others (30 credits)

STAGE 3: Leading to Masters in Teaching and Learning

Professional Practice Enquiry (60 Credits) including proposal stage and dissemination to workplace colleagues.

ASSESSMENT
An audit of professional practice leading to an action plan at the start of each module assignment, which will also be used with tutors to monitor and evaluate progress.

Assignments are designed to develop enquiry skills and critical reflection, through implementing actions, gathering workplace evidence and relating findings to relevant literature. Students are also expected to disseminate findings to colleagues in support of professional and organisational development, choosing an appropriate format.

FURTHER STUDY
Graduates of the course can apply to take further research study options. The faculty has a thriving research programme leading to MPhil and PhD. We welcome enquiries from teachers interested in undertaking research in any aspect of education practice or policy, from early years, via primary and secondary schools, academies and colleges, through to further and higher education, and lifelong learning.

EMPLOYABILITY
This course affords the opportunity to fulfil continuous professional development requirements providing the opportunity for career enhancement.

HOW TO APPLY
Please apply direct to the faculty using our online application form http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/apply-online/lss

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-The MA Photography degree allows you to develop your Photography skills and knowledge to a more advanced level. -The course is suitable for those interested in commercial and/or fine-art approaches to photographic practice. Read more
-The MA Photography degree allows you to develop your Photography skills and knowledge to a more advanced level
-The course is suitable for those interested in commercial and/or fine-art approaches to photographic practice
-You will develop a personal portfolio which in approach, style and vision looks to the forefront of current practices
-This postgraduate degree allows you to extend your theoretical and contextual understanding of photographic media, its audiences and culture
-Develop professional-level enquiry, research, creative invention, project planning and management practices

Why choose this course?

This MA Photography award deals with the unique blends of fact, fiction, distinctive style and technical practices that characterize the many forms of contemporary photography, whether that is form a commercial or fine-art approach. It is about the ways in which traditional practices and digital technologies are coming together, developing new forms of photographic practices and bringing new possibilities for the creation, publication and exhibition of photographic imagery.

This postgraduate degree is concerned with communicating truths, stories, facts and emotions, it deals with persuasion and comment and the aesthetics of the image in ways which are visually rich and diverse. The widespread adoption of digital technologies to capture, edit, display and distribute photographic images has brought many new possibilities for the creation, publication and exhibition of work to a wide range of audiences and for a wide range of purposes.

The same technologies bring questions about precision and accuracy, the role of invention and imagination, and the way that the photographic image is received, understood and consumed in today's culture. You will work with traditional wet, analogue photographic resources, digital workflow facilities, or a mix of the two which is most appropriate to your personal practice.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as a Photographer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary media environment. Particular attention is given to helping you acquire enquiry and information handling skills, enterprise skills in the development and presentation of ideas, in communicating in the spoken and written word, and addressing particular audiences.

Teaching methods

On this programme teaching and learning emphasises enquiry led project work, developing the kind of independence and autonomy that is appropriate for postgraduate education. Lectures, seminars and other discussions bring students together in multi-disciplinary groups where ideas are shared, challenged, developed. Workshops and other activities develop specific discipline centered skills and understandings while tutorials develop individual study trajectories and responses to assignment tasks and briefs. Much of the time students are engaged in self-managed independent study, undertaking enquiries and research, developing skills, inventing and developing ideas, realizing project outcomes, exploring the cultural resonance of their work.

All students on the PG Media programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

Work Placement

There are work related learning opportunities on this course.

Structure

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Major Study: Photography
-Media Discourses
-Practice 1: Media
-Practice 2: Media
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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-The MA Animation degree allows you to develop your 2D, 3D or VFX Digital Animation skills and knowledge to a more advanced level. Read more
-The MA Animation degree allows you to develop your 2D, 3D or VFX Digital Animation skills and knowledge to a more advanced level.
-You will develop a personal portfolio in approach, style and vision that looks to the forefront of current practices.
-The course allows you to extend your theoretical and contextual understanding of animation, its audiences and media culture.
-You will become familiar with professional-level enquiry, research, creative invention, project planning and management practices.
-The course is taught within a multi-disciplinary environment of discussion and exploration of ideas.

Why choose this course?

This award enables you to develop creative practical skills in a range of digital processes that are used in Animation and related fields. Within this course you can choose to focus in a particular area of animation such as VFX, 2D animation or 3D animation or even combine the areas to create new forms and ideas from the fusion of techniques and styles.

Within 2D animation you can look at traditional animation techniques and blend these skills and approaches with new digital media to form new content and formats. You will explore the rich heritage of 2D animation and the possibilities of experimentation, both in form and content, that traditional animation has actively encouraged.

3D digital animation has become the most popular form of animated imagery over the past decade,used by more experimental practitioners who question the appearance, form and uses it has in present-day media. In this form, you will challenge your preconceptions of what 2D or 3D animation can do, which helps you become an innovator in the field. You will have the opportunity to explore the range of possibilities available to the practitioner, mixing technical knowledge of the subject with the creative freedom that an understanding of the theory and context of new media practices brings.

The postgraduate Animation programme involves an induction, seminars and social events for students and staff, allowing you to be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community of film-makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned professionals work with postgraduate students, helping to develop original and challenging work. Your study includes ways of thinking about the cultural resonance of your work, the audiences it is made for, the nature of creativity and the role of the cultural industries in a modern knowledge economy.

Through your study you will develop a range of project management skills and an ability to identify and manage your own learning. You will consider the role of enterprise opportunities in commercial, professional and social environments, as well as specialist modules in your chosen discipline area, the programme includes shared modules with other postgraduate awards in the School of Creative Arts. This structure promotes cross-discipline discussion and maintains the enthusiasm and focus of discipline specialists. It enables you to develop key transferable skills of postgraduate study grounded in activities that have currency, relevance and application for your future career and further academic study.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as an animator. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary media environment. Particular attention is given to helping you acquire enquiry and information handling skills, enterprise skills in the development and presentation of ideas, in communicating in the spoken and written word, and addressing particular audiences.

Teaching methods

On this programme teaching and learning emphasises enquiry led project work, developing the kind of independence and autonomy that is appropriate for postgraduate education. Lectures, seminars and other discussions bring students together in multi-disciplinary groups where ideas are shared, challenged, developed. Workshops and other activities develop specific discipline centered skills and understandings while tutorials develop individual study trajectories and responses to assignment tasks and briefs. Much of the time students are engaged in self-managed independent study, undertaking enquiries and research, developing skills, inventing and developing ideas, realizing project outcomes, exploring the cultural resonance of their work.

All students on the PG Media programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

Work Placement

There are work related learning opportunities on this course, all students complete a live external brief as part of their coursework.

Structures

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Media Discourses
-Practice 1: Media
-Practice 2: Media
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. Read more
The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

Module details:

Principles of Project Management
Project Teams
Project Strategy
Project Finance and Marketing
You can choose form one of the following three pathways:

Environment
Commercial Management of Construction
Urban Development
or

Computing
Information Systems Project Management
Consultancy and Technological Innovation
or

Enterprise Management
Management of Organisational Change
Strategic Innovation Management
Research

Professional Enquiry Methods
Research in the Real World Dissertation
Module details:

Principles of Project Management (20 credits)
This module provides a generic introduction to and overview of the key principles, methodologies, tools and techniques of project management.

Project Teams (20 credits)
This module is concerned with the structure, development, leadership and management of teams that plan and deliver projects. It deals with relations, interactions and communications within and beyond the team. The particular contexts of high performance, self -directed, dispersed and virtual teams are also considered.

Project Strategy (20 credits)
This module examines the different ways in which businesses and organisations make use of projects. It considers the strategic role of projects in a variety of organisational contexts and analyses methods for project selection and project portfolio management.

You can choose form one of the following three pathways:

Environment pathway

Commercial Management of Construction (20 credits)
This module will provide you with critical appreciation of how commercial projects balance competitiveness against profitability particularly in the value of human resource. The module will cover the procurement and risk management techniques used in the construction industry.

Urban Development (20 credits)
This module will provide you with the critical analytical tools to determine the value of development appraisals, net present value techniques, residual land valuations and the role these play in the acquisition, disposal and evaluation of development opportunities. The module will consider the role construction technology and environmental services related to the projects viability and worth.
The module will consider the project management issues faced by a client over the whole project with the separate built environment module considering the construction phase issues.

Computing pathway

Information Systems Project Management (20 credits)
Project management related to information systems is ever growing in importance within a wide range of private and public sector environments, operating with an ever increasing need for efficient budgetary controls and successful completions on time.

The module provides you with a comprehensive appreciation of the associated good practise for Project Management, the skills and professional techniques used in preparation for their related roles and interactions within or associated to commercial project teams. The life cycle of any project needs to be appreciated by all stakeholders and thus the students within their studies will be further equipped in order to support and encourage others to see successful completion.

Consultancy and Technological Innovation (20 credits)
This module provides you with the skills to understand and operate in the complex multi–sourced environment of supporting business change supported by global technologies and apply these concepts to a real implementation case study using programme management concepts. You will examine the organisational structure of IT including systems integrators and consultancy and overview of the IT Consulting world, its principles and practice using the strategic management of leading edge technology initiatives as a focus area.

Enterprise Management pathway

Management of Organisational Change (20 credits)
This module is concerned with managing change within organisations. Organisational change is a complex process that occurs in specific organisational contexts. The module therefore critically considers the nature and experience of change from the perspective of the multiple organisational factors involved in the process: including the role of the change agent, the impact on individuals (including the potential for resistance), the building of receptive contexts, and the importance of organisational culture, power and politics.

Strategic Innovation Management (20 credits)
This module is concerned with the ways in which organisations and their extended supply chains can develop new processes, products and services that add real value. It focuses on the meaning of innovation, types of innovation, sources of innovation and innovation best practice in context.

Research

Professional Enquiry Methods (20 credits)
This module is designed to introduce the essential components of undertaking professional enquiry and postgraduate research. As such, it develops skills and knowledge that will contribute to successful completion of a dissertation. It also provides a basis for assessing the validity of procedures employed and results obtained in any research presented to participants in the future

Research in the Real World (40 credits)
This module is concerned with conducting a piece of original research or professional enquiry related to the overall field of projects and project management. It requires reporting of research results and their analysis in the form of a written structured dissertation.

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Module details. Principles of Project Management. Project Teams. Project Strategy. Project Finance and Marketing. You can choose form one of the following three pathways. Read more
Module details:

Principles of Project Management
Project Teams
Project Strategy
Project Finance and Marketing
You can choose form one of the following three pathways:
The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

Module details:

Principles of Project Management
Project Teams
Project Strategy
Project Finance and Marketing
You can choose form one of the following three pathways:

Environment
Commercial Management of Construction
Urban Development
or

Computing
Information Systems Project Management
Consultancy and Technological Innovation
or

Enterprise Management
Management of Organisational Change
Strategic Innovation Management
Research

Professional Enquiry Methods
Research in the Real World Dissertation
Module details:

Principles of Project Management (20 credits)
This module provides a generic introduction to and overview of the key principles, methodologies, tools and techniques of project management.

Project Teams (20 credits)
This module is concerned with the structure, development, leadership and management of teams that plan and deliver projects. It deals with relations, interactions and communications within and beyond the team. The particular contexts of high performance, self -directed, dispersed and virtual teams are also considered.

Project Strategy (20 credits)
This module examines the different ways in which businesses and organisations make use of projects. It considers the strategic role of projects in a variety of organisational contexts and analyses methods for project selection and project portfolio management.

You can choose form one of the following three pathways:

Environment pathway

Commercial Management of Construction (20 credits)
This module will provide you with critical appreciation of how commercial projects balance competitiveness against profitability particularly in the value of human resource. The module will cover the procurement and risk management techniques used in the construction industry.

Urban Development (20 credits)
This module will provide you with the critical analytical tools to determine the value of development appraisals, net present value techniques, residual land valuations and the role these play in the acquisition, disposal and evaluation of development opportunities. The module will consider the role construction technology and environmental services related to the projects viability and worth.
The module will consider the project management issues faced by a client over the whole project with the separate built environment module considering the construction phase issues.

Computing pathway

Information Systems Project Management (20 credits)
Project management related to information systems is ever growing in importance within a wide range of private and public sector environments, operating with an ever increasing need for efficient budgetary controls and successful completions on time.

The module provides you with a comprehensive appreciation of the associated good practise for Project Management, the skills and professional techniques used in preparation for their related roles and interactions within or associated to commercial project teams. The life cycle of any project needs to be appreciated by all stakeholders and thus the students within their studies will be further equipped in order to support and encourage others to see successful completion.

Consultancy and Technological Innovation (20 credits)
This module provides you with the skills to understand and operate in the complex multi–sourced environment of supporting business change supported by global technologies and apply these concepts to a real implementation case study using programme management concepts. You will examine the organisational structure of IT including systems integrators and consultancy and overview of the IT Consulting world, its principles and practice using the strategic management of leading edge technology initiatives as a focus area.

Enterprise Management pathway

Management of Organisational Change (20 credits)
This module is concerned with managing change within organisations. Organisational change is a complex process that occurs in specific organisational contexts. The module therefore critically considers the nature and experience of change from the perspective of the multiple organisational factors involved in the process: including the role of the change agent, the impact on individuals (including the potential for resistance), the building of receptive contexts, and the importance of organisational culture, power and politics.

Strategic Innovation Management (20 credits)
This module is concerned with the ways in which organisations and their extended supply chains can develop new processes, products and services that add real value. It focuses on the meaning of innovation, types of innovation, sources of innovation and innovation best practice in context.

Research

Professional Enquiry Methods (20 credits)
This module is designed to introduce the essential components of undertaking professional enquiry and postgraduate research. As such, it develops skills and knowledge that will contribute to successful completion of a dissertation. It also provides a basis for assessing the validity of procedures employed and results obtained in any research presented to participants in the future

Research in the Real World (40 credits)
This module is concerned with conducting a piece of original research or professional enquiry related to the overall field of projects and project management. It requires reporting of research results and their analysis in the form of a written structured dissertation.

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This route, which is not only the Faculty of Education's doctoral training programme but also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, provides a broad-based training in educational research that aims to help students. Read more
This route, which is not only the Faculty of Education's doctoral training programme but also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, provides a broad-based training in educational research that aims to help students:

- To become familiar with an appropriate range of intellectual and methodological traditions within the field
- To become skilled and critical readers of educational research
- To develop knowledge in depth of some substantive area of education and educational research
- To develop their capacity to frame research questions and devise appropriate research designs
- To develop confidence in using a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence
- To develop their skills in presenting research-based evidence and argument
- To gain practical experience of educational research through conducting a small-scale investigation.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmeeer

Course detail

During their period of study, one year full time or two years part time, students follow six modules on:

1. Research Aims, Strategies of Enquiry and Design
2. Research Methods and Analysis
3. Research, Reporting and Presentation
4. Perspectives on Research Methodology
5. Issues in Data Analysis and Interpretation
6. Thesis Preparation.

Throughout, a student is supported by a supervisor who has expertise in the substantive field of the student's research project.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

Students attend 2-4 hour taught sessions (a mix of lectures and smaller group seminars) once a week. The course consists of two levels. Introductory Level sessions will offer a general introduction to different aspects of educational research. Intermediate Level sessions are divided into two types: (1) the compulsory main programme of study sessions will offer further elements focused on the foundations of educational research theory and practice; (2) the elective sessions will offer intermediate level topics built on the foundation sessions taught at Introductory Level. Students are required to take all Introductory and Intermediate main programme sessions and should select 11 of the elective elements of the programme. The elective sessions are intended to facilitate students' depth of understanding and application of approaches appropriate to their proposed lines of enquiry. The course has been designed to allow students intending to undertake a particular mode of enquiry to focus more attention on their preferred methods within a framework that still ensures a broad and balanced coverage.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.

Students following the two year MEd programme are required to submit the following in Year 1:
Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MEd in Educational Research to the PhD or EdD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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