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Education (MA)

Course Description

The MA Education programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study education at a master's level. Working independently within a challenging but supportive environment, you will be provided with the tools and resources to undertake and use educational research. You will also be supported in researching and reflecting on your own practice.

The programme aims to:
- improve your research, analysis and critical thinking skills
- enhance your professional practice through greater theoretical understanding of current educational issues.

The MA Education is designed for teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational leaders, managers and administrators, and those aspiring to a career in education.

Programme features:
- Choose from one of four Study Pathways to focus your learning where you want to develop.
- Flexible study options include Summer Schools, Study Centres and distance learning.
- Undertake a small scale research project in the context of your own or your institution's policy and practice.
- Optional opportunity to study for the International Baccalaureate Educators’ Certificate alongside the MA Education.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-educ/

Study Pathways

You can choose one of the following Study Pathways as part of this programme:

MA Education:
The MA Education is our most popular degree and allows you the greatest flexibility in choice of units and dissertation topic (with the exception of those opting to take the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates who are required to take specific units).

MA Education (International Education):
This pathway is designed for those who wish to develop knowledge and an understanding of issues relating to education beyond the national context. Depending upon your interests, you can focus on issues relating to educational practices in different national systems, on international schools and/or on other issues cutting across national contexts.

MA Education (Learning and Teaching):
If you wish to develop the practice and your understanding of Learning and Teaching then this is the pathway for you. Core units draw on theory of learning and teaching processes (with children and adults) and the role of technology.

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management):
This pathway is designed to meet the needs of experienced educational professionals who wish to inform their work as leaders and managers, or who aspire to a leadership role, through an in-depth understanding of current educational management practice, theory, research and policy.

Ways of studying - flexible study options

You can choose from a variety of ways to study this programme.

- Summer School (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/summer-school/)
- Study Centres (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/study-centres/)
- Distance Learning (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/distance-learning/)

If you wish, you can complete the programme entirely though distance learning, however we recommend you try to attend at least one face-to-face unit as it is valuable to spent time in a study environment with tutors and other students.

Programme structure

For the 90 credits required for the MA Education, you acquire 60 credits through taught units and 30 credits by completing a dissertation. Typically, you complete five 12 credit taught units. One of the taught units must be the Research Methods in Education which is worth 12 credits, another of the taught units must be Understanding Learners and Learning or Education and Society (your choice may depend on which pathway you choose).

- Distance learning study commences at two fixed points in the year, 1st March and 1st September.
- Units taught at Summer School start in July
- Units are taught at Study Centres throughout the year.
- You can study units in any order, but you must complete each unit within six months.
- 175 study hours is expected for each unit.
- You can study up to two units at any one time and you have between two and five years to complete the programme.

View summary table (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/images/ma-education-programme-table.jpg) or Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/ed-proglist-pg.html#B) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed by assignment and dissertation. As you progress through the units and successfully pass the assignments, you will receive feedback and grades, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching methods at Summer Schools and Study Centres include; lectures, student-led seminars, workshops, group work, tutorials, Moodle (virtual learning environment), and other electronic communications.

If there are less than six students enrolled on a unit scheduled at Summer School, the unit will still run, but it may be taught on a Directed Tutorial basis. You will be provided with resources to help your study and individual or group tutorials will be timetabled in order to make sure your learning needs are fully met.

Distance Learning takes place online; enabling you to study independently with the support of a tutor. The Wiki environment offers you a number of alternatives for working flexibly with your learning materials. In addition, there are opportunities to link up with other students and leave feedback about your experience.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a written 5000 word assignment for each unit of study, together with a 15,000 word Dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate Masters level units in education from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

- Depending on the programme of study, you may transfer up to 40% of the total credits required for the MA/Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

- Credit must have been obtained recently (less than 8 years ago at the time of the award of the qualification to which it contributes).

- Claims for APL will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

- If you obtain APL you will still be required to study Research Methods in Education and either Education and Society or Understanding Learners and Learning (unless your previous study has sufficient overlap with any of the units, in which case exemption may be considered).

- Use of APL credit may affect your options when selecting a study pathway.


This programme is ideal for those wishing to progress their career within an educational organisation.

Many of our graduates have gone on to be leaders and managers within educational settings; while others started their educational careers in teaching, lecturing or administration. This degree will also prepare you for further study at Doctoral level (PhD or EdD).

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

Visit the Education (MA) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elisa Strong

2799.jpg “I have attended study centres and the summer school at the University of Bath and I’d say my experience has definitely met my expectations. I’m growing professionally and I’m learning so much; it’s very exciting. I feel my level of writing has improved and also my understanding of the world of education.

Being able to make new contacts and meet other teachers from different places around the world is really helpful because their experiences help me get a better understanding of international education.

It’s very helpful having classmates who are part of the same study centre and summer school as me because you’re able to hold each other accountable; are you working on this? What are your struggles? Being able to share with each other opinions and thoughts about our work, it’s very helpful.

A masters qualification will help my career because I’ll have a better understanding about what international education is. I’ve learnt the complexity of what’s like to be an international student.”

Elisa Strong
MA Education (part-time)

(Student Profile)

Maya Butovskaya

3906.jpg My own educational experience and work with students in inner-city schools sparked my interest in studying a degree in education. I wanted to explore why schools and educational environments work the way they do, and I wanted to understand these in order to make meaningful changes.

The Masters in Education program at the University of Bath offered units that covered a wide array of topics in education, from specific curriculum studies to a broader look at education in society and its global developments.

I found that students in the program were very diverse, which I loved. They came from different cultural and professional backgrounds – school and university teachers, ministry of education workers, charity organisation professionals, as well as new starting teachers. I think everyone, no matter what field of education they come from, is able to find interesting units to learn something new and grow as a person.

We received very personal attention from all the teaching staff, unit tutors and personal tutors while studying the degree. They are available to meet and discuss assignment ideas, help with literature search and simply talk about how things are going. I found that everyone was very friendly – I was invited to their offices when I needed help, but it did require initiative on my part to make these meetings happen. It is important to keep in mind that all teaching staff can be very busy. There are hundreds of part-time and distance learning students also receiving the degree who require fair attention from the tutors.

If you are considering studying this program then I would suggest you think carefully about what interests you, what topics you want to explore for your personal or professional development. This will help in choosing units and selecting a dissertation topic, which is immensely important for the success in the program and will help to make it more individual to your specific interests and needs.

Now that I have completed the program, I am ready to get back to the educational development field with new perspectives, new knowledge and the ability to find, sort and share new information in order to keep learning.

(Student Profile)

Yvonne (Fang Yu)

3907.jpg I chose to study the MA Education programme because I wanted to further my understanding of the professional theories of teaching and learning at a postgraduate level.

I had previously gained an interest and experience in teaching while I was in China; however at this point I lacked the academic knowledge of education. I decided to come to the University of Bath because it is a high ranking university and has an excellent reputation.

Whilst studying this programme I have enjoyed the close relationships with the tutors and teaching staff, who have been very friendly and worked well with us. I have also liked the learning environment with my other classmates. It has been fun to share ideas about our assignments, discuss different cultures and lifestyles and also share our common interest in different foods!

My biggest challenge while studying here has been improving my English. The unit tutors, my personal tutor and even the senior tutor were all very nice and patient; they encouraged me throughout the programme. The experience has built my confidence and improved my employability in teaching English in China.

If anyone is considering study in the UK then I would absolutely recommend choosing the University of Bath because of the friendly learning environment, pragmatic teaching content, and the lovely tutors.

(Student Profile)

Bob Horton

3908.jpg I completed my MA in Education last summer and enjoyed my work with the University of Bath so much, signed up for the EdD programme within two months!

I have felt privileged to be a graduate student as I am confident that the academic programme is rigorous and have very much enjoyed meeting and working with students and staff of the highest quality.

The programme is flexible, supportive and closely linked to my professional work. Combine all of this with excellent facilities and the beauty and charm of the city of Bath and in my opinion one has all the ingredients for a first-class postgraduate programme in education.


PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

We are also offering 30 bursaries of £6,000 as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Taught Bursary Scheme. We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are available to home students on full-time or part-time taught masters programmes.- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree (first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university, ornon-honours degree candidates can be considered where they have at least two years' substantial experience in a relevant field or sector. The minimum non-graduate qualifications acceptable for admission are: an advanced diploma in education and at least two years of relevant experience, or a teaching qualification (gained after at least the equivalent of two satisfactory years of higher education) and at least two years of relevant experience.

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