Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. During your studies, if you decide to focus on one of the areas you have studied at module level, there is the possibility for you to transfer onto one of the specialist awards available.
The MA Education Programme consists of a number of specialist pathways and is for you if you are from any of a range of professional backgrounds including teachers, lecturers and managers in the further education sector, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, midwives and members of the armed forces and police service. If you are a non-graduate then you may qualify for the pathways with relevant experience.
On your chosen pathway within the programme, students at the University will have the opportunity to engage critically with the theories and practices of education with a view to applying your learning to your own practice.
The MA Education is well established and has been running since 1995 and is regularly updated in order to reflect the changing needs of participants and potential participants.
On all pathways within the MA Education programme, you must take the core module Research Methodology. This module will equip you to carry out a small scale education enquiry ethically and effectively.
You are then free to choose three other modules from 55 modules that are built into the different pathways within the MA Education programme. MA Education pathways include:
- MA Child & Adolescent Mental Health - MA Early Years - MA Leadership and Management [Education] - MA SEN - MA SEN [ASD] - MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL] - Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties - Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education
Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules). Full MA awards require you to complete a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word dissemination plan after the taught programmes.
Learning and teaching methods
Most students following the part-time programme spend 2 years on the taught modules (typically one evening per week) and undertake their dissertation in their third year. Participants are, however, allowed to take a maximum of 5 years to complete the whole programme.
Full-time students are able to complete the whole programme within 12 months, although some take a little longer to finish writing up their dissertation.
In most cases modules are assessed through a 5,000 word written piece of coursework. Progress on to the dissertation is dependent upon successful completion of the taught modules.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. The broad award of MA Education indicates you have acquired skills and knowledge across a range of different areas.
If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here.