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    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2/3 years

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    21 August 2018

Course content

The MA in Education is designed for those working in education across a range of contexts and for those wishing to study and research in education.

The course is concerned with the development of critical enquiry and reflection in the field of education, and the development of professional knowledge and expertise. Through the course you will be supported in improving and developing your professional organisations through critical enquiry, reflection and the promotion of creative and innovative practice.

Why choose this course?

  • The course is shaped to create a learning environment that draws upon the divergent intellectual and practice backgrounds of students and to provide you with networking opportunities.
  • The course follows a flexible modular programme. This structure enables you to design your course according to your particular areas of interest.
  • Through the course you will be supported in improving and developing your professional organisations through critical enquiry, reflection and the promotion of creative and innovative practice.
  • The School of Education at Oxford Brookes is a focal point for stimulating and informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes and ongoing work with schools.
  • The School of Education works in close partnership in a range of educational settings and services and can provide opportunities for placements as part of the course experience. For example, each year you can carry out commissioned work as part of your dissertation study. Recent examples have included co-research with pupils investigating cyber bullying and investigating parents perspectives on play spaces.
  • We offer a wide range of Postgraduate Certificates, specifically designed for part time students who are working full time. Sessions typically run in the evenings, with some online discussions. On completion of a postgraduate certificate you can then choose to go onto study a further three modules and the successful completion of a dissertation will complete your MA Education.

This course in detail

The MA Education follows a flexible modular programme. The 'open route' through the MA enables you to design your course according to your particular areas of interest. Alternatively, four named routes give a specialist focus to the award as follows:

Course Structure

The MA programme has a compulsory research based module to support your studies and to prepare you for the dissertation. In addition, you select modules from the optional module programme (overview of choices listed below). You need to achieve 9 modules in total.

Compulsory modules (4 modules)

  • Researching Education, Childhood and Language (1 module)
  • Dissertation (3 modules).

Optional modules 

You need to select a further modules from the list below or from the module offer for the related course pathways in TESOL and Childhood and Youth Studies (please see the links to these pathways for details).

  • Learning, Pedagogy and Technology 
  • Mind and Brain 
  • Leading and Managing People in Education 
  • Leading Change in Education 
  • Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education
  • Investigating Practice 
  • Action Research 
  • Independent Study 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may change from the details given here.

Credit towards an MA award can also be made up of appropriate work completed outside the course, for example by M level credit achieved in your PGCE and Postgraduate Certificate courses. 

Learn more about our MA Education students and what they liked about studying the course.

Teaching and learning

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, student and staff-led seminars and project work. Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of students, and encourages critical reflection.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each module involving blended learning (face-to-face and online) equivalent to approximately 24 hours of staff contact as follows:

  • part-time on campus: eight weekly teaching blocks. Modules are usually taught on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (depending on choice of module), from 5pm to 8pm
  • full-time on campus: students join part-time students in some evening modules, and complete the rest of the course through daytime sessions (currently on Thursday)
  • distance learning - an MA qualification can be achieved by online learning but the full module offer is not available in this format (please check availability for individual modules).

Approach to assessment

Each course module is assessed separately and is based on coursework, eg individual essays, seminar presentations, reports, portfolios, investigative research and group work.

Visit the MA Education page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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