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Our MA Education programme focuses on educational practice using methods of practice-related inquiry. Building on our recognised excellence in postgraduate teaching and research, this programme offers a structured pathway for professional development and scholarship in general education, including option module choices, as well as three possible subject specialist pathways: Early Childhood Studies, Mathematics Education, or SEN and Inclusion.

Please note that specialist routes and option modules on offer may change, so contact Admissions teams to check availability for your year of application.

Key features

  • Take the opportunity to research through a specialised pathway, tailored sustainability and outdoor learning modules, or your own area of interest.
  • Benefit from Saturday, weekday and evening face-to-face provision and tutorials offering flexibility for professional practitioners.
  • Learn from experienced educators who have first-hand familiarity with the challenges and possibilities of educational practice.
  • Further develop your expertise in specific educational issues of interest to you.
  • Develop the ability to undertake systematic inquiries and the capability to respond to ethical issues through critical analysis and decision making.

Course details

Year 1

The programme provides a clear framework for study, designed to suit both professional practitioners and those interested in the scholarship of Education. Classes are either on campus or delivered through our Digital Learning Environment. The general MA Education route and modules are available to those studying at a distance. All students take the core modules: Researching Education Practice in Context module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Our specialist and optional modules are designed to allow you the opportunity to pursue your own areas of interest, supported by knowledgeable and research-active academics. All of our general MA Education modules run every year, but subject-specialist modules may be subject to demand and availability. Practice-related inquiry modules are a special feature of the programme where you negotiate a topic of study, supervised by one of the teaching team.

Core modules

  • MAED701 Researching Education Practice in Context
  • MAED702 Masters of Arts in Education Dissertation

Optional modules

  • MAEC722 Developing Leadership Skills in Early Childhood Settings
  • MAEC723 Enabling Learning in Early Childhood (EYFS & KS1)
  • MAED711 Thinking About Contemporary Education
  • MAED717 Practice Related Inquiry 1
  • MAED718 Practice Related Inquiry 2
  • MASE741 Critical Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Disability and Diversity
  • MASE742 Researching Theory and Practice of Inclusive Education, Disability and Diversity
  • MASU751 Alternatives in Education and Society
  • MASU752 Learning for Sustainability and Global Literacy
  • MASU753 The Experience of Outdoor Learning

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA Education Programme Specification 2017 18 5776

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

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




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