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MA Education is unique in the School of Education insofar as there are no modules dedicated to, or associated with, the programme; instead, you select modules that interest you from the other specialised MA programmes offered. These may be modules that explore different aspects of educational leadership, the use of technology to support learning, child development, or teaching English to speakers of other languages among others. At the same time, you’ll build your knowledge of educational research methods and apply them to your own dissertation on a related topic.

With our excellent library resources and your own experience of working in an education context, you’ll be in a great position to pursue your interests and focus on the topics that suit your career ambitions. You’ll also improve your skills in written and oral communication, analysis, research, leadership qualities and data collection: all vital for a career in any sector of education.This programme is unique in that you may draw upon the expertise across the School of Education. That means you'll have access to the knowledge and experience of leading researchers across a diverse range of topics.

Course content

You’ll take a core module that explores the principles and methods of educational research, and introduces you to issues such as research ethics and the use of research to improve educational practice for individuals and organisations. You’ll also study two of three additional modules on research methods to expand and sharpen your skills.

You’ll apply your new understanding of the concepts and benefits of educational research to your own dissertation, in preparation for which you'll consult regularly with your appointed supervisor as you independently research an educational topic that may or may not be related to your own practice.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Education MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Education MA Part Time in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Global Learning in UK Primary Schools
  • Contemporary Global Challenges in Education Policy and Leadership Practice
  • Critical Perspectives on Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Directed Study in Education 1
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
  • Technology, Education and Society
  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning
  • Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches
  • Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Curriculum
  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Theorising Childhood and Youth
  • Research with Children and Young People
  • Children and young people: citizenship, participation and social justice
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher Education for TESOL
  • Assessing Language Learning
  • Materials Development for TESOL

You will also choose one of the following four optional modules:

  • Qualitative data: processes of collection, interpretation and analysis
  • Introduction to quantitative data analysis
  • Philosophical underpinning of educational research
  • Educational Research in Context

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including weekly seminars, group learning, tutorials, fieldwork, online learning and lectures. The methods of teaching and learning that you will encounter depend on which specific modules you choose. Independent study is also vital, as it allows you to pursue your interests and develop high-level skills.


Most assessment is by written essay. Occasionally, we use other assessment approaches, such as poster presentations or reflective logs.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read  Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

  • International students: 30 June
  • UK/EU students: 31 July



Documents and information we will need include:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
  • Details of two referees.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £18,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

As a student on this programme, you will already be established in the field of teaching. Many of our students receive sponsorship and support from their employers or governments as part of their continued professional development.

You’ll develop your skills in research and analysis, and the insights gained from your studies will help to inform your professional practice. Some students who achieve a distinction in the final assessment of their MA programme may also decide to pursue further research at PhD or EdD level.

Visit the Education MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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