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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time including dissertation, 2 years part-time or via summer school plus dissertation

  • Course Type

    PgDip, MA, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019


Designed to reflect the needs of individuals and organisations, this course will deepen and refine your capacity to reflect critically on the way you work. 

Teaching on this course is underpinned by systematic practitioner inquiry and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to your professional practice.

While each module has its own particular focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of historical, political and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

Study is flexible in order to meet the needs of individuals and organisations and includes:

  • a range of optional modules so you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests
  • different modes of delivery which take account of individual needs and professional contexts
  • exit points en route to a full masters programme

Key facts

Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time/via summer school plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is available to individuals and cohorts from schools/consortiums.

There are currently two core modules and a wide range of optional modules which can be taken from a range of MA programmes in the School of Education. All modules are 30 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Full-time students will be required to choose two modules per semester, while part-time students choose one per semester. 


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic. 



  • Practice-Based Inquiry (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)


Subject area: Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning

  • Literacies and Learning in and out of School
  • Creativity, Places and Spaces

Subject area: Education

  • Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research and Practice
  • Schools, Society and Mental Well Being
  • Mentoring Beginning Teachers

Subject area: Educational Leadership and Management

  • Leading Learning
  • Issues in Educational Leadership
  • Effective Leadership and Change in Education

Subject area: Learning, Technology and Education

  • Introduction to the Learning Sciences
  • The Social Contexts of Education Technology

Subject area: Special Needs

  • Responding Mindfully to Challenging Behaviour
  • Communication and Literacy
  • Researching Special and Inclusive Education
  • Debating Special and Inclusive Education
  • Education for Students on the Autism Spectrum

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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




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