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MA Education

Course Description

This MA is designed for practising professionals, or those interested in research, in teaching and learning or educational leadership – usually in schools, the lifelong learning sector and universities.

Its modular structure allows you to personalise your choice of units and progress at a pace that best suits you, with a final phase focused on educational research via a dissertation.

The MA Education engages you with key issues in education and aims to encourage your evidence-based practice, as you make direct and meaningful connections between the course and your own experiences and aspirations.

The course helps you to broaden your knowledge of educational ideas and research findings, as you identify and justify recommendations for further action. This places you in a better position to develop your work as a classroom practitioner or school leader.

Available start dates: Jan,Feb,Jul,Sep,Oct

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/education2

Course detail

• Study on a modular course designed for existing and aspiring education professionals, that allows you to accumulate credit at a pace that suits you, with assessments based around needs specific to your role in your educational organisation
• Explore the process of teaching, learning support and/or educational leadership, focusing on personal, academic and vocational interests relevant to your educational context
• Develop your understanding of assessment formats with a negotiated focus in support of both individual and organisational needs
• Undertake primary research that informs your current practice, as well as acquire the necessary research skills to engage in future research and progress to a PhD or EdD programme
• Progress your study in education, e.g. following your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course
• Develop your work in educational contexts
• Support developments within the organisation where you work
• Be prepared for further study at doctoral level (PhD and EdD).


• Education and International Development
• Citizenship and Welfare in the 21st Century
• Research Methods in the workplace
• Dissertation (Education)
• Meeting Diverse Needs*
• Early years Education and Care*
• Analysing Policy: Children’s Voice*

*option units


You will complete a range of assessments, many of which you can tailor to your existing or developing interests and experience.

You will do a number of oral presentations, which not only improve your ability to present information in a professional and coherent way but also enable the sharing of research and experience amongst the group. One unit also includes a debate as part of the assessment.

Written assessments include case studies, essays and literature reviews. You will develop your research skills throughout the course and apply them to a final dissertation.


We aim to integrate examples from practice, up to date case studies and projects focused on particular development projects and organisations throughout the course.

Visits to workplace settings and speakers from a range of settings will help to provide a good understanding of a range of future employment contexts as well as providing practice related understandings.

The course is designed to help you engage, study and critique key issues in education as well as to be able to identify and justify recommendations for further action.

As a Master’s graduate, therefore, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education.

Previous graduates have gone on to take up enhanced roles within their organisation; some have undertaken PhD study.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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

(Student Profile)

Alison Mayne

I passionately support the commitment shown by the University in promoting the understanding of teaching as a research-based profession. I found the new learning related to research methodology and other academic reading refreshing and interesting but the most valuable skills I have gained during my studies are probably to do with balancing the demands of professional work and professional study. The course has been designed in such a way to support you in this. My students know I am continuing in my studies and it helps them to have a respect for the value of Higher Education that goes beyond their immediate aspirations to take undergraduate courses. The Reflecting on Professional Practice and Coaching, Co-coaching and Mentoring units allowed me to explore the academic theory behind work I was already doing and that could be genuinely of use to my role and school. My experience at the University has been challenging and professionally reviving.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Applicants will normally be working in educational contexts. English language requirements: View Website

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