This research-based course is designed for those working in the field of education at all levels. It is suitable for anyone working in the education sector, including teachers, lecturers and administrators working in schools, post-compulsory or university sectors. Although it is not a teaching degree and does not provide QTS, it is ideal for those who have completed an accredited teacher-training programme or degree and wish to study the field of education further.
This is a demanding and exciting research-based programme. It requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking, discussion, reflection and writing, enabling you to take the next, critical step in your professional learning.
The course allows you to investigate a range of issues impacting on education in general and your own organisation in particular. We want you to challenge your thinking.
Each module has an assignment attached to it that is linked to your own experience, applying theory and practice and ensuring that your own working practices gain practical benefits from your study.
Your choice of modules will determine the name of the award you receive. For those wishing to gain an MA / MSc award, the Research Skills and Dissertation modules are mandatory.
The six named award pathways leading to MA / MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, or Postgraduate Diploma are:
MA Special and Inclusive Education MA Educational Leadership and Management MA Teaching and Learning MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education MA Early Years MSc Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. See the MSc STEM course pages to find out more about this award.
How will I learn?
You will study five modules. Research Skills and Education Policy and Practice are taught in a classroom environment. The other three modules are based around supported tutorials with tutors and peers. You will have an initial tutorial to discuss your direction and aims within the module. Further tutorials are available dependent on mutual need.
All modules, except for Reflection on Continuing Professional Development Experience, are research projects based on your area of professional interest. You will discuss your research proposal during your tutorials with your named supervisor and then be expected to study independently for around 300 hours over that 16 week module. Your final dissertation takes place over a longer period.
Study, by part-time attendance at our Clifton campus, is usually one evening a week. A full-time study mode is also available. See the MA Education, Full-time course pages for more details.