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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Two to three years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see course description

  • Last Updated

    20 January 2017

Course content

Why choose this course:

Our course aims to:
• enable you to explore the theories, policies and practices that influence, change and enhance education in its broadest sense
• provide professional development opportunities for all with an interest in learners from early years through to secondary school, further education, higher education and the community
• provide an opportunity for you to achieve a broad based or specialist degree by undertaking a pathway, such as Leadership and Management, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Primary Mathematics, Lifelong Learning or TESOL.

About the course:

This course is for you if you are interested in the concept of education in its broadest sense, whether your interests lie in the practical application of education or the abstract theory of its mechanisms, purpose and rationale.

You will explore theories, policies and practices in order to engage with the pivotal role of education. You will choose modules to suit your particular interests and develop the skills and qualities to research and critique as your expertise grows.

The course will broaden your knowledge of education and develop your professional performance and confidence. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to network with other professionals from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

We encourage you to develop new ideas to take back to your workplace. Your assignments are contextualised to your educational practice and are directly relevant to your learners as well as your own professional practice and personal career development.
We encourage and support you to study at masters level, but you can choose to step off the course and receive an award according to the number of credits achieved:
University Certificate of Achievement (20 credits)
University Certificate of Continuing Professional Development in Education (40 credits)
Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
MA Education (180 credits)

Specialist pathways
We offer you the opportunity to focus your learning by specialising in one of eight specialist pathways to achieve a named MA Education:
MA Education: Primary Mathematics
MA Education: Early Years
MA Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
MA Education: Leadership and Management
MA Education: Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
MA Education: Lifelong Learning
MA Education: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This course can be customised for in-house delivery for group cohorts at educational establishments.

Visit the MA Education (part time) page on the University of Derby website for more details!






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