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Education, Culture and Society - MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Through critical thinking, this programme seeks to understand the relationship between learning environments and wider societal and cultural influences.

Students have the opportunity to study in a stimulating research-informed environment, taught by lecturers who are experts in their field.

The course is broad in its theoretical scope. Drawing on cross-cultural and global perspectives, students have the opportunity, in theory and in practice, to critically reflect on their own working practices.
Education, Culture and Society has been specially designed for professionals working in education-related fields, for example: teachers; youth workers; those working in the public sector with families and children; and non-government organisations in both UK and abroad.

Education, Culture and Society is equally suitable for those who wish to dedicate time to either changing the focus of their career, or who are considering a career in academia.

With both full and part-time modes of study, the programme is suitable to those who wish to complete the course in one year as well as those who wish to combine studying with work.

Why St Mary's?

-Access to faculty members with extensive experience in teaching, research and consultancy.
-Access to excellent learning resources, including a dedicated library for Education students. The Naylor library has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a cafe
-Excellent tutorial and supervisory support
-Free academic English language classes to non-Native English speakers as well as access to a dedicated Learning Development Lecturer with responsibility for Students with English as an Additional Language
-The School also has a dedicated Learning Development Lecturer who provides study skills support

Course Content

-Postgraduate Certificate: Students will successfully complete two taught modules (60 credits)
-Postgraduate Diploma: Students will successfully complete three optional modules and the core module 'Research Methods and Educational Enquiry' (120 credits)
-Master's Degree: Students who successfully complete three optional modules, the core module 'Research Methods and Educational Enquiry' and the dissertation (180 credits)

A full list of modules can be found on our website:

Teaching and Assessment

The teaching on this taught Masters is carried out via lectures and seminars supplemented by individual tutorials and additional study days (for example, during half-term, and/or on one Saturday per semester), which provides opportunities for informal student presentations, critical reflection, discussion and formative feedback. Assessment is by coursework and individual oral presentations.

Career Prospects

This course will be of interest to those currently teaching in a school or college (ranging from Early Years through to Further Education), but will be interesting to those currently working with, or intending to work with, children and young people in non-formal educational settings such as Children's Services, Youth Work and NGOs.

It will appeal to a broad range of professionals seeking to develop new skills and insights in order to develop their professional practice, and is an excellent qualification for enhancing your career potential.

It also provides excellent preparation for doctoral level study.

Visit the Education, Culture and Society - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have at least a second class honours degree from a recognised UK/overseas University. The degree should have an Education or Social Science (e.g. sociology, education studies, psychology) component to ensure some working knowledge of the field.If you do not have an honours degree you will have to have appropriate professional experience working combined with evidence of capacity to study at Master’s level. Non-native speakers of English must achieve a score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS test of English language proficiency (or equivalent). This must include a score of at least 6 in each component.

Last Updated

12 May 2017

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