The Department of Education will not be recruiting to the MA in Science Education for the academic year 2018/19, as we are undertaking a review of our provision. The text below is for information only.
The Department of Education offers a one-year (12 month) taught full time MA in Science Education. This programme will be attractive to all those who have an interest in science education, whether as teachers, researchers or policy makers. Applications are welcomed from both home and international students.
Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they submit applications no later than 1st September if they wish to begin a course of study beginning in the same year. No guarantee can be offered that applications received after this date will be processed for a September start date.
The Department also welcomes applications from people interested in studying for a PhD in science education in its areas of expertise (see below).
The University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) has an outstanding international reputation for the excellence of its work in research and curriculum development in science education. Our school science programmes such as Science: the Salters Approach, Salters Advanced Chemistry, Salters Horners Advanced Physics and, most recently, Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology and 21st Century Science are widely used in this country, and have received international acclaim. Science: the Salters Approach and Salters Advanced Chemistry have been adapted for use in many other countries, including Belgium, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland and the USA. If you come to York, you will have the opportunity to work with one of the leading groups in science education.
As members of the University of York Science Education Group, the science education staff in the Department of Education have made a significant contribution to the high profile of science education at York. Science specialist staff currently in the Department include Professor Robin Millar, Professor Judith Bennett, Martin Braund and Fred Lubben. All hold major grants for research and development in science education.
Areas of expertise include assessment, attitudes to science, the use of context-based approaches to the teaching of science, curriculum development (including international collaboration on projects), evaluation of curriculum interventions, gender issues in science education, practical work in science, scientific literacy, systematic reviews of research literature, and the transition from primary to secondary school. Current international work includes involvement in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) project and a number of initiatives in Southern Africa.
The reputation of the University of York Science Education Group was a major contributory factor in York being chosen as the home of the new National Science Learning Centre, which opened in September 2005 and offers a programme of professional development courses for science teachers.
The programme offers specialist tuition within an established framework for MA provision in the Department. The aims of the programme are:
-To enhance knowledge and understanding in science education
-To develop educational research capabilities and skills in the fields of education and science education
-To contribute, where appropriate, to professional development by enhancing capacity to investigate aspects of one or more of educational theory, policy and practice
-Science, Education and Society (20 credits)
-Research methods in education (20 credits)
One option module from a list of about 10 (20 credits). Options are likely to include:
-Cross-linguistic influences in second language acquisition
-Education and social justice
-Evaluating ESOL classroom practice
-Intercultural communication in education
-Learning and teaching second/foreign language reading
-Motivation in education
-Teaching and assessing speaking skills
-Teaching and assessing writing skills
-Teaching and learning in schools
-Teaching World English
-Topics in second language acquisition
-Recent research and innovation in science education (20 credits)
One option module from a list of about 10 (20 credits). Options are likely to include:
-Approaches to English teaching
-Contemporary issues in teaching
-Cross-cultural perspectives on language and discourse
-Learning and teaching grammar in a second language
-Pragmatics: language, meaning and communication
-Psychology of language and language learning
-Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
-Teaching and learning citizenship and global education
-Teaching English for academic purposes
-The practice of English language teaching
-Testing and assessment in English language teaching
Planning and Communicating Research (20 credits). Classes are spread over Terms 2 and 3.
The third term and the summer is also devoted to writing a dissertation (60 credits) based on a small-scale research study to be submitted by early September.
Students will also be able to attend the department series of research seminars for Masters students which includes talks by visiting speakers.
Students will complete:
-Four assessed coursework essay assignments (each 4,000 to 5,000 words in length)
-An exam in Research Methods in Education
-An assessed presentation + dissertation outline + ethics audit
-A dissertation of 12,000 words in length
Our graduates find employment in a wide range of sectors within education, but also in journalism, information management, human resources and other careers.
Our postgraduate courses can be used to complement teacher training/development programmes and voluntary or paid roles which focus on the more practical elements of teaching. However, other than our PGCE, our courses are not teacher training programmes in themselves.
Many clinical health professionals are involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and increased recruitment to the NHS produces even greater demands for teachers. There is a need for greater professionalism and accountability as clinical teachers and this course is designed to meet this need by providing a sound theoretical and practical basis for good teaching practice. It complements the established Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme at Keele by emphasising small group teaching in clinical settings and education for clinical competence.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The programme is aligned with Standard Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and successful completion of the programme entitles participants to recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Students from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should look at course content for details and then apply via the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education link above.
See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicaleducation/
The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical teaching and medical education through:
- Understanding and fostering a learner-centred approach
- Relating this to the requirements of professional education for clinical competence
- Developing practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory
- Promoting reflective practice in education and clinical practice, using work-based assignments and a portfolio
- Promoting evidence-based education
The programme’s aims and values embody those of the Higher Education Academy and will develop participants’ understanding of the HEA areas of learning and teaching activity, core knowledge and adherence to the professional values.
Course Director: Dr Clive Gibson ([email protected])
The Masters in Medical Education programme consists of a three year programme of study. The structure of this is as detailed below. There are different levels of accreditation to enable flexibility for students who wish to study medical education but may not be in a position to complete the full Masters programme. Students may study the first two modules (30 credits) and receive a transcript to this effect. Students who complete the first four modules (60 credits) will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate and those who complete 8 modules (120 credits) will be awarded the Diploma. Students who wish to complete the full Masters programme will then go on to submit a dissertation (60 credits) therefore giving them the full 180 credits required for the award of the Masters in Medical Education. The taught components of the programme are available part time over the academic year and most students will complete 4 modules per year.
Students wishing to receive accreditation for training for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should select the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education when applying.
- Course Modules:
Year One Modules (comprising the Postgraduate Certificate)
1. Introduction to Medical Education (15 credits)
2. Teaching Methods and Theories of Learning (15 credits)
3. Assessment in Medical Education (15 credits)
4. Educational Supervision and Feedback (15 credits)
Year Two Modules (with the PG Certificate modules, comprising the Postgraduate Diploma)
Modules will aim at developing expertise and a specialist knowledge base in chosen areas of medical education. Participants can select four from the following:
• Developing Professional Skills and Attitudes
• Introduction to Research in Medical Education
• Independent Study Module
• Media Design
• Curriculum Design and Session Planning
• Simulation in Medical Education
• Advanced Assessment Module
The course will include a variety of teaching methods including small group teaching, peer observations of teaching practice, completion of a portfolio and personal study. Some course elements will be in distance learning format.
The overall structure will be flexible to allow you to complete individual course units at different times, using the portfolio as a personal planner and record of achievement.
Module 1 of the Certificate will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence, relating to your prior experience, taught courses, reflection and observation of your teaching. Remaining modules will be assessed by assignments, generally in written format, and with a choice of subject areas, along with specific project work associated with some modules.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.
A Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is becoming a national standard for health professionals involved in teaching and is expected of new clinical teachers in the Keele University School of Medicine. Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level is appropriate to those who will be responsible for curriculum development and educational management within universities and NHS trusts.
Application details are given on the postgraduate website at http://www.keele.ac.uk/postgraduate. If you are unable to access this then an application form and prospectus can be requested via email, telephone or post:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01782 734472
The Postgraduate Office, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG
Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/