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Education (Full time) MA

Course Description

The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working in the field of education as well as recent graduates.

The course provides participants with opportunities to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest. It can be taken both full and part time. The full-time course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, whilst the part-time option contains the same modules as the full-time course but with additional modules related to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

Distinctive approaches to learning and teaching

The course is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables you to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, you will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities.

All modules are taught by members of the university’s academic staff. The course also makes use of visiting lecturers from other academic institutions from within the UK and further. The underpinning delivery principle of our teaching is that we seek to demonstrate the ongoing links between theory and practice: we offer all our course members the chance to engage in rich dialogue and critical reflection on work based issues, concerns and developments.

Additional Costs

There are no additional fees in connected with this programme other than the requirement to be a suitably equipped student with a pen and paper. There are computers and computer spaces available at the university and the university library contains all required texts.

Course content

The MA comprises of modules that can be studied one by one. A key element of many modules is the provision for ‘shared enquiry’, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts.

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to existing professional workloads, and are usually based on aspects of work currently ongoing in the participant’s own school or setting.

There is a full time pathway through this MA. This is particularly targeted at international students and has a strong international and comparative flavour, although UK students are very welcome to apply. It consists of four compulsory modules and a thesis.

The four modules that must be taken on the full-time pathway are:
-School and Classroom Cultures
-Educational Leadership
-International Perspectives on Education
-Research methods

In addition to this the University now has pathways within the course which reflect two specific areas of professional and theoretical interest:
-MA Education (Mathematics)
-MA Education (Early Years)

There is also an MA Education Special Educational Needs and Inclusion which is run on a full and part time basis.

There are also a range of modules which enable teachers to engage with reflective, teacher-led research.

Course modules (16/17)

-International Perspectives on Education
-Research Methods
-Educational Leaderships
-Investigating Individual Professional Practice (Part 2) Post Threshold
-School and Classroom Cultures

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means you will typically attend classes for 6 hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over 3 years will be expected to do one third of this. You should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points they may be working considerably more hours in a week.There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at Faculty of Education and Humanities.


There are no examinations. The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Participants will complete a final project/dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor for the MA Education.

Facilities and Special Features

-Modules relevant to those working in children’s and young people’s services.
-Recognised postgraduate professional development for teachers.
-Modules can be taken ‘stand alone’ for professional development.
-Modules can build into three successive postgraduate awards from Certificate to Diploma and Masters.
-Modules relevant to those working in early years or children’s services.
-Employment related course designed to fit with participants’ work.
-Modules designed to connect with practitioner work and context.
-Highly experienced and supportive tutor team.

Other admission requirements

Applicants who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered. In this case the applicant will be interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing evidence of significant professional engagement in children’s services at graduate level or equivalent. The evidence will be in the form of a compendium or portfolio which sets out details of their specific responsibilities relating to their work with children and young people.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent. Applicants with other qualifications, in particular those with recent professional experience, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate academic attainment. See course description for further admission details.

Last Updated

23 September 2016

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