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Education MA (PGCert PGDip)

Course Description


This MA course has emerged as a direct result of our work with local practitioners and senior leaders in educational establishments. The course builds on existing structures to further integrate academic study with work-based learning and research.

The revised structure ensures a coherent and supportive student experience throughout the programme which comprises of core modules that can be applied in a variety of different areas.

Our programme reflects the expectation that practitioners work in wider networks with colleagues and alongside expert facilitators, including the university teaching team. A key premise of this programme is its flexibility. You can tailor the syllabus to allow you to pursue individual interests and professional development needs across the entire course.

Studying with us, you will graduate with an in-depth and critical understanding of theory and research. The focus is on learning and teaching in a breadth of educational contexts which are responsive to individual students’ circumstances, settings and situations and modules are designed to complement and extend professional commitments. Teaching and assignment submissions are scheduled to fit around your existing work.

The course takes one year of full-time study or up to three years of part-time study to complete depending on any
level-7 credits gained from prior learning. To graduate with an Education MA you need to achieve a total of 180 credits.

Course structure

The flexibility of our programme means that studying for the Education MA allows you to pursue your individual interests and professional development needs across the entire course.

The number of modules taken enables a manageable workload as well as further opportunities for formative assessment.

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, taught sessions, tutorials, online learning, group work, independent study and through work-related activities.

Areas of study

You will begin the programme with a focus on current issues reflecting on roles, responsibilities and interests. You will be supported to explore these issues from prospective within the broader context of policy and current research.

Subsequently, you will undertake critical thinking about practice, teaching and learning that will lead to an enquiry into an issue of professional relevance. This enquiry is a helpful and formative small-scale project which acts as a useful preparation before starting work on you MA thesis. The outcomes of the enquiry are intended to have a direct impact on pupils, colleagues and the wider education field, in addition to your own professional understanding.


Students on this course will:
•develop systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of debates and developments in education as a field of study
•undertake systematic and critical reflection and debate in the light of current and emerging policy contexts
•engender an understanding of and commitment to professional learning and development and its place for the practitioner and subsequent practice
•develop a thorough understanding of the principles of research in the context of learning and development to facilitate research literacy
•develop conceptual understanding that enables critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and evaluation of methodologies
•develop skills, knowledge and understandings and apply this learning to current / future roles, responsibilities and career aspirations

Career Opportunities

This course will further your professional development, allow you to progress your expertise within the field of education and enhance your employability for leadership roles.

Enhanced knowledge of educational issues and specialist areas of interest are attractive to a wide range of employers and typical career moves after graduation include promotion to senior leadership teams, advisory roles or promotion into a different education sector including those with capacity to influence policy.

Our graduates have commented on the ways that the MA in Education has positioned them for senior and leadership roles, for making a career move and improving their skills and professional potential.

The course also provides a springboard for further study at a doctoral level, either through PhD or EdD routes.

Visit the Education MA (PGCert PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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