If you are a graduate working in education and looking for academic and professional development and experience in research education, this could be the course for you. It is flexible, part-time (for most participants) and is designed to be suitable for busy professionals. You can aim for the full MA degree (180 credits) from the start or begin with the smaller Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and stop there or build credits on afterwards towards the MA. You may already have some credits (e.g. from a PGCE or a CPD course) which you may be able to use towards the MA (subject to certain conditions).
The modules are designed to allow you to articulate your personal learning needs and goals , as well as to help you to apply key research issues from reading and reflection on your own situation. Throughout your studies you will be questioning evidence and assumptions, exploring the implications of alternatives and sharing your results in order to influence professional practice. You will be developing as a practitioner researcher and making a difference in your workplace.
There are a number of study modes available including school-based study groups, residential weekends and summer schools, supported self-study and specialist study programmes (e.g. for Specialist Teachers of Primary Mathematics). Most students experience a range of study modes across the full MA which culminates in a dissertation.
Start date: February/May/October
What you will study -
There is a range of five modules available, allowing you to follow your personal interest and specialism when you work towards the learning outcomes.
These are divided into five areas:
- Examining Innovations in Subject Specialism [or area of expertise]. - Undertaking Educational Ethnography/ Action research - Investigating the Intersections between Public Policy and Aspects of Professional Practice. - Developing Research Education and Skills - The MA is completed with a dissertation of 15,000 words underpinned by research in an educational setting.
“I thought at the start that I wouldn’t be able to keep up, with the pressures of work and home, but how wrong I was. I have managed somehow to juggle my time - it has been wonderful.” Vanessa, MA in Education student
We aim to make assessment an integral part of your learning. Each assignment outline is developed to reflect your own working reality and the precise format is negotiated with a tutor.
One module is assessed through 50% assignment and 50% presentation. All other  assignments are written assignments in the form of reports, portfolios and assignments.
Please send your applications to the following address: