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MA Education Studies

Course Description

Why take this course?

The course allows you to pursue a combination of critical reflection on contemporary educational issues, educational research and opportunities for continuing professional development. Designed for those with an interest in the general field of education, and for educational professionals from recent graduates to those in established careers, the course has a broad-based structure that allows for a range of progression opportunities.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Examine a range of current contemporary issues and perspectives in education at a local, national and global level
Study educational research methods in preparation for a dissertation or work based project
Choose a subject specific pathway that is related to your research interests and/or your CPD needs
Have the opportunity to conduct an action research project related to your employment

What opportunities might it lead to?

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

School mentor
Middle manager
Senior educational leader/manager
University lecturer

Module Details

The course has three core units, a choice of subject core option pathways and one further option. The content reflects current debates in the education sector examining key issues in the areas of childhood, educational psychology, SEND, and schools, colleges and universities at a national and global level.

Core units include:

Contemporary Perspectives in Educational 
Research Methods in Education

Subject pathways to choose from include:

Childhood Studies: The Child’s Voice in the 21st Century
Educational Psychology
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Pedagogy and Practice

Options include:

Action research project
Leadership, policy and strategy -the Management of Education
Working with Children and Young People in a Digital World 

Programme Assessment

The course is taught via a range of teaching methods and online delivery.

There is face-to-face teaching for the core units and a mixture of online and face to face for the optional units

You will be assessed through various methods, including:

Essays/ reports,
Literature critiques
Dissertation proposal,
Extended personal study

Student Destinations

Successful graduates will have studied both the theory and the practical application of current knowledge in the education sector, and may have applied this directly in a work-based project. This will support entry to, or progression in, a career in education. Roles that graduates will be suited for include:

School Mentor
Middle manager
Senior educational leader/manager
University lecturer

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

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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