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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: up to 5 years

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    UK/EU students: £4,050; International Students: £12,000

  • Last Updated

    21 May 2018

Course content

Course Overview


Course Overview

The overall aim of this programme is to produce educators capable of operating at the highest levels within the educational arena, with the ability to integrate theory with practice and apply intellectual and academic rigour, informed by current educational research, to their professional context.


  • Education - MA (full-time)
  • Educational Leadership - MA
  • Education: Community Practice - MA
  • Education: Policy and Practice -MA

These awards have been developed after extensive consultation with employers, teachers, education professionals and students. The programme team aims to play a key role in supporting the continuing professional development of teachers, youth and community workers and education professionals.

The key benefits of studying this programme include:

  • We take into consideration the 60 Master's level credits accrued by PGCE students, thus allowing them to fast track through the programme.
  • Full and part-time home and international students from the various pathways study together, allowing for exchange of ideas across professions and nationalities.
  • The period of candidature (up to 5 years part-time and 2 years full-time) allows students greater flexibility with their study schedule.
  • Some of the modules are now delivered in blended format, and some are delivered via block attendance.
  • In addition to a dedicated supervisor, dissertation students also have 4 advanced research sessions during their dissertation year.

​Course Content​​

Taught Component:

Contains 4 taught modules, each carrying 30 credits at Level 7. Each module is assessed by coursework assignments equivalent to 6000 words. Each pathway has certain compulsory modules, and there might also be a range of optional modules available, subject to viable numbers.

Dissertation Component:

You will complete a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Intermediate Awards:

  • A Certificate of Attendance is awarded after satisfactory attendance at one Master's level module (no written assessment required)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education awarded after completion of two Master's level modules (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education awarded after completion of four Master's level modules (120 credits)
  • MA is awarded on completion of all necessary taught modules plus a dissertation (12,000 words).

Accredited modules and short courses include*:

Curriculum Development (Successful Futures)

Curriculum Purposes and Principles for Science and Technology Teaching

School Improvement

Effective Educational Leadership 

Analysing Educational Data 

Practitioner Research 

Educating the More Able Learner 

Mentoring and Coaching Principles and Policies in Action 

Learning and Teaching Pedagogy 

Education: Purpose and Values 

Education and Equity 

Exploring the Social and Emotional Development of Learners (3-18)

Philosophy for Children 

Facilitating Critical Thinking and Enquiry

Community of Enquiry: Philosophy and Pedagogy

Managing Community Practice

Principles of Community Development and Youth Work 

Facilitating Critical Professional

Effective and Ethical Governance: Principles and Practice 

Governance and Leadership in Public and Third Sector Contexts 

Governance and Leadership in Education

Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion: Underpinning Principles 

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom

Specific Learning Difficulties 

Leading for Additional Learning Needs

English as an Additional Language

Mentoring and Engaging Young People

Learning & Teaching​

​The programme will be delivered through a variety of models of delivery with a focus on active learning and group interaction and participation. Typical models of delivery include:

- Lectures

- Seminar groups

- Small group discussions

- Individual and small group activities

- Directed reading

- Peer mentoring and networking

- Web-based research

- Reflective wiki areas

- Online asynchronous discussions

Students will be given opportunities to share their thoughts and work in progress with others and receive constructive feedback from tutors and fellow students. Students will also be encouraged to form learning sets of those interested in similar areas of research in an initial step towards the formation of communities of practice.

As students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, you will each have a named personal tutor who should usually be an academic member of staff from your programme of study.

You will have scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the academic year – at least once per term for full-time students – to address matters including academic progress, career/professional issues, and any personal issues which may be affecting your progress.


Assessment is by coursework assignments equivalent to 6,000 words per thirty credit module throughout the taught element of the programme. The assessments take a variety of forms including written reports of research, posters, discussion postings, reflective wikis, seminar presentations and journal style articles.

Students will be given opportunities in each module to ask questions about their assessments in order to clarify what is required of them. ​

Employability & Careers​

Graduates from the programme have gone on to promotion in the education sector, including school and community management and leadership, curriculum leadership, positions within advisory services, lecturing and research posts in higher education, and work with government education departments across the world.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Education (and pathways) (MA/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!




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