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Our Masters in Education allows you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of education of specific interest to you. This course is available for full-time and part-time study. The course is flexible and wide-ranging and involves the study of: leadership, classroom cultures and also has an international and comparative aspect. While studying on this course you will complete a thesis, which is a significant piece of original research. Our Masters’ in Education community includes teachers, school leaders and others working in or interested in education.

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Entry Requirements

To study this course, you will need an honours degree, usually at 2:2 or above, from a UK institution or equivalent.

If you have other qualifications and have recent professional experience of three years or more, you will also be considered. In this case you will be interviewed and asked to demonstrate that you have engaged with children’s services at graduate level or equivalent, by presenting a portfolio of your responsibilities in your work with children and young people.

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Where is University of Northampton

Student Profile(s)

Frances Green

The University of Northampton has acted as both a support network and facilitator in supporting me to study at masters level. I initially started my MA in Nottingham, however the commute from Milton Keynes was unmanageable whilst obtaining a full-time teaching job. The changeover to the University of Northampton was one of the best educational decisions that I have made. It is not only closer, but the endless support and resources provided by the lecturers and tutoring staff have made the completion of my masters extremely enjoyable. I decided to study for a MA because I have passion and enthusiasm for academic writing.

Studying MA Education at Northampton had an abundance of advantages, particularly the extensive modular choices. I found the most enjoyable module to be International Perspectives on Education. This module encouraged me to compare the current UK education system with that of another country. My comparison was between China and the UK. This module in turn influenced my decision to travel to China and to visit an international school. I was engaged and enthused by learning about Chinese historical culture that has shaped their education system and in turn, understanding how certain aspects are comparable to that of the UK, while others are unrecognisable.

A module that significantly developed my skills of academic writing was the year-long thesis module. The opportunities that this provided for me was the freedom to choose a relevant and interesting topic that I could use directly within my workplace. The lessons learned from my thesis are still being implemented and modified in my school practice, which has led to me being more critically reflective. There were times that studying for a thesis and working full time had its challenges, however the impact the studies had on my academic writing and portraying myself as a teacher researcher have made it all fundamentally worthwhile. Studying for an MA provides credibility and respect in a workplace and the keen interest in recent publications can be profoundly beneficial to support others.

My advice to those considering studying at Northampton would be to embrace all the opportunities that are provided and to use the support network available. The tutor and mentor facilities are incredibly understanding and encouraging. Finally, enjoy the freedom of academic research because there are fewer opportunities in the workplace to express yourself so freely.


The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.

Please note that the fund does not cover the following:

• tuition fees;

• accommodation as part of attending University;

• travel to and from University or to placements which form part of a course of study;

• equipment or materials required for assessed work (including computers/laptops/tablets).

For further information please see our Scholarship Terms and Conditions page:

For more details about this scholarship please email our Scholarship Administrator Corinna Coleman at

Value of Scholarship(s)

between £100 and £1,000


The criteria for applications are:

• training and research;

• extracurricular activities, cultural activities, volunteering or sport;

• priority projects – linked to the University’s strategic plan, including new and innovative start-up projects where there is an opportunity for social impact.

Application Procedure

Application deadlines are 30 October and 28 February each year.

To download the application form please go to the scholarship page on our website.

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The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton.

Dr Mike Daniel was Pro Rector (Academic Quality) from 1993-2002 and played a major role in guiding the institution towards taught degree awarding powers and university college designation.

After his untimely death in 2002 friends and colleagues raised sufficient funds to create a research degree scholarship to be named after him.

For further information please see our Scholarship Terms and Conditions page: .

For more details about this scholarship please email our Scholarship Administrator Corinna Coleman at

Value of Scholarship(s)



The award recognises the financial difficulties often experienced by research degree students.

In particular, the award is aimed at specific costs often associated with an individual research programme, for example, travel, software and closed library access.

Application Procedure

Please note that this scholarship will be advertised again in spring 2018.

To download the application form please go to scholarships page on the website.

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The Sir Thomas White Charity provides loans and grants to support and encourage young people to progress their employment and career prospects by funding educational and training needs. Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity Grant Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 to support individuals to access education or employment opportunities.

The Fund can be used for:

• Education or training leading to a recognised qualification;

• Training/courses leading to relevant trade skills.

You can find out more about the Sir Thomas White Charity at

For further information please see our Scholarship Terms and Conditions page: .

For more details about this scholarship please email our Scholarship Administrator Corinna Coleman at

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £1000


To apply you must be:

• aged between 16 and 34 years;

• a current resident of the Borough of Northampton and have resided there for (at least) the last five years.

The Trustees have recently widened this boundary to include some additional areas. To check if your area is within the required boundary, please check the area boundary map.

Application Procedure

To apply for the Sir Thomas White Charity Grant, please download and complete the application form from our website. Please note that this scholarship will be advertised again in autumn 2017.

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We are very pleased to offer a generous scholarship to applicants from outside of the European Union who have strong academic backgrounds. All full-time courses taught on campus (excluding the Pre-sessional English courses) are eligible for this scheme, and applicants will be considered for a scholarship on the basis of academic achievement.If you are successful you will receive up to 30% off your tuition fees for the duration of your course.For more information, and for other funding options, please visit the International Scholarships page.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30% off your tuition fees


Applicants from outside the European Union studying full-time courses taught on campus (excluding the Pre-Sessional English courses).

Application Procedure

You do not have to apply for a scholarship separately, all international application forms are automatically considered for the scholarship when an application is made. If you are successful you will be informed of your scholarship in your offer letter.

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