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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    01 September 2017

Course content

MA Education and Professional Enquiry is a part-time programme for experienced teachers that enables you to develop the skills to become an informed practitioner researcher.

You’ll gain theoretical and practical perspectives on teaching and learning, and we’ll help you apply such ideas to your classroom practice. You’ll look at the language development and importance of classroom and teacher-pupil dialogue, while also examining barriers to learning that impede pupils’ progress.

We’ll introduce you to the action-enquiry practitioner research cycle and other methodological approaches so you can use a range of techniques to inform your own professional practice. You’ll learn how to create, interpret and communicate your findings, evaluate current research, and interpret attainment data.

And we’ll work with you to orientate your professional practice within a school, leadership, policy and national context. You’ll investigate various definitions of school culture and ethos, and examine influencing factors. You’ll consider how to lead teaching and learning in a classroom, and departmental and whole school contexts, and considering collaborative practice and exploring leadership skills.

We’ll also examine developments in the school curriculum, innovative teaching methods and current issues in assessment, while also helping you to manage effective group work in the classroom.

MA Education and Professional Enquiry gives you the opportunity to build upon your existing qualifications and professional and academic experiences, and use these as part of your accreditation by towards the programme. Studying further postgraduate modules and completing a dissertation in year three allows you to qualify for the full MA award. For details of the prior accreditation through M Level PGCE or a portfolio of experience, please contact the programme leader.

We recognise the demands put on all teachers working full-time, so we designed the MA Education and Professional Enquiry to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you and your school.

The programme only requires your attendance at eight Saturday teaching days in the first two years of the programme, alongside private study. When you write your dissertation under the supervision of a research-active academic in your third year, you will be able to access tutorial support either face-to-face, online or by telephone.

Course content

In your first year, you'll examine key contemporary theories on how children learn, develop and use language in the classroom and discover how to use theory to critically analyse classroom practice and facilitate effective teaching.

You'll also develop a critical and practical understanding of how to use appropriate research methods in the classroom and with teachers and learners, and learn how these techniques can help you evaluate, reflect, and improve your professional practice.

You’ll build on this foundation in the following year when you'll examine the concept of school "cultures", consider developments in school curriculum, and explore innovative teaching techniques that can support children's motivation, engagement and learning. You'll also study the importance of teacher collaboration and effective leadership in a classroom and managerial context.

This knowledge will also inform your dissertation, which makes up your final year. You’ll conduct a small-scale research project that relates to your own interests in the field of education.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory module

  • Developing Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory module

  • Leading Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice 30 credits

Year 3

Compulsory module

  • Dissertation 60 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Education and Professonal Enquiry MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We deliver this programme through eight Saturday schools over a two year period and a range of online learning materials to inform your own private study. The Saturday schools use a mix of lectures and seminars, and offer you the opportunity to meet with other teachers to exchange experiences and ideas. You can also organise your dissertation supervision to be face-to-face, online or by telephone in the third year.


We assess your progress for the first two years through the submission of two 3000 word assignments each year. Before you submit your assignments, there are opportunities for formative assessment by tutors and your peers and you will receive constructive feedback on your assignment ideas. You also submit a dissertation of 12,000 words by the end of your final year.

Career opportunities

As an established teacher, MA Education and Professional Enquiry will provide you with an opportunity to develop your professional practice to become a more effective teacher and a researcher-practitioner. Developing your skills in educational research and analysis can lead to promotion, and the programme also provides a pathway to study and research at doctoral level, either a PhD or the EdD.

Visit the Education and Professional Enquiry MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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