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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

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  • Explore education in its fullest sense – from its pivotal role in society to the theories, policies and practices that influence and enhance it
  • Take a flexible approach to learning: gain a broad-based masters degree or focus on your particular area of interest via our specialist pathways
  • Benefit from professional development opportunities in sectors ranging from early years to schools, further, higher and community education
  • Keep up to date with the latest educational developments, inspired by a friendly teaching team who will share their extensive specialist knowledge with you

Whether you aspire to a new career in education or want to take your existing career to the next level, our MA Education course will give you the insight, skills and knowledge to become a high-calibre and dynamic education professional. It could be a vital stepping stone to management and leadership roles. 

Choose a route to suit your needs

We offer an exciting range of options to match your MA studies with your personal interests and ambitions. You can complete a broad-based masters degree in education or pursue one of our specialist pathways:

You can also study the MA on a part-time basis. Find out more about our MA Education (part-time).

Skills to take you further

Our MA Education course gives you an expert understanding of the aims of education and its role in society. You will cover the key theories, policies, practices and debates which are shaping education today and how these apply directly to your current and future career.

In addition, you will undertake an in-depth research enquiry and independent study to focus on a professional practice theme of your choice. Throughout, you will hone vital skills such as critical, creative and strategic thinking, communication, presentation and teamwork. 

Learn from influential experts

This course is delivered by a highly experienced team who have expertise across a range of educational sectors and regularly publish their work. They will keep you abreast of latest thinking, challenge your perceptions and support your progress.

Our MA Education draws on the cutting edge educational research for which the University is renowned. Conducting influential studies on everything from early years to adult learning, we provide consultancy for Government, schools and the wider education sector. It means your learning will be underpinned by innovative ideas which are changing the face of the education professions.

A vibrant learning community

We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

You will study alongside learners from different professional and academic backgrounds. Because we welcome students from across the UK and abroad, you will also develop your cross-cultural understanding, improve your intercultural communication skills and gain global perspectives on education.

How you will learn

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and independent study. By studying for a masters in education, you will develop your transferable skills, such as independent working, oral and written communication, presentation skills, teamwork and confidence.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed in a range of formats, including essays, presentations and reports.

The culmination of our course is the Independent Study (Dissertation). You will research an aspect of professional practice in discussion with your tutor and document your findings.


Visit the Education: Full time (MA) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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