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    Full time & Part time available

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    Full time 1 year, part time 2 years

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  • Last Updated

    02 August 2017

Course Content

Course content

The MA Education is designed to extend your critical understanding of education in its broadest sense. You have the opportunity to apply conceptual issues related to contemporary debates in education, comparative understandings of education and innovative practice to your own interests and tailor the course to meet your requirements. All students follow the same modules but over a different time scale.

This course offers you flexible professional and personal development opportunities. It is ideal if you are a teacher, either experienced or recently qualified, or another educational practitioner working in • an educational setting • a role supporting some aspect of learning • an education care role. However, we also welcome students with an interest in education; there is not a requirement for professional experience. Many students progress to our masters course from undergraduate courses in a related discipline or have a specific interest in education that they would like to pursue.

The course is practice-oriented insofar as coursework relates to practices related to your specific field of educational interest. You develop a reflective and critical approach to issues arising from your knowledge or experiences of educational practice. You draw on your professional or personal experience and link this to research, policy and new approaches to develop your knowledge base and critical evaluation skills. Through this learning you are able to develop and influence practice in your current and/or future context.

The course helps you to develop your • professional knowledge and understanding of practice in your context • evaluation and research skills • academic skills • employability skills that link closely to your education specialism and career aims •understanding of contemporary debates in education.

You can focus your studies on

  • any age phase of education – early years, primary, secondary, post 16, higher education, informal education
  • professions allied to education such as learning mentor, arts education officer or those responsible for professional development.

You develop knowledge and skills in

  • building a knowledge base to enable critique of policy and practice
  • evidence based evaluation
  • professional reflection
  • practitioner enquiry
  • developing practice and innovation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Curriculum design and innovation
  • Comparative studies of professional practice
  • Contemporary issues
  • Evidence, evaluation and critical reflection
  • Research project


Assessment is by 100% coursework and includes:

  • presentations
  • reflective accounts
  • individual and group activities
  • essays
  • research reports.


This course opens up various employment opportunities for you.

The changing education context means there are more roles for graduates who are able to

  • work across different agencies and teams to secure improvements in learning and inclusion
  • draw on a broad knowledge base to develop and influence practice and policy
  • use reflection and research skills to understand the needs of learners, colleagues and partners in education.

The skills you gain on this course are relevant to your personal development and career progression in a range of roles in education in both formal and non-formal settings.

Visit the Education MA page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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