This course is suitable for you if you have a background in education or are seeking to understand education within its broad contexts. It encourages you to link theoretical and practical understanding of issues in education, while developing generic knowledge, skills and understanding of the questions involved in conceptualising and designing educational research.
Core modules in Foundation Research Methods and Teaching, Learning and Assessment lay the foundations for developing your research skills and understanding of education contexts. You may then select two further optional modules from the CES portfolio, to suit your own interests. You’ll also complete a dissertation under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
Past students have developed their teaching careers and pursued work in various educational establishments and community ventures, both in the UK and abroad.
Course aims and benefits
This course will help you to understand better the theories, practicalities and significance of educational issues, whilst also enabling you to develop an appreciation for the role that research plays in illuminating these. We aim to help you to identify and meet your professional and personal development needs through a flexible bank of modules and informed advice in choosing your dissertation topic. You will have the opportunity to debate with your peers on a host of important education issues, such as: -What is a successful school and how would you recognise one? -Why is it that for most pupils school is a rich and rewarding experience, yet pupils from poor backgrounds achieve less well than their counterparts at every ability level in the English education system? -Could – and should – the National Curriculum for education be replaced by an individual curriculum for every child? -Should the information from international education league tables inform education systems or drive them?
You will complete a core module in Foundation Research Methods (30 CATS) that will provide research training for the course, plus either the Teaching, Learning and Assessment (30 CATS) module, or the Education, Policy and Society (30CATS) module, depending on whether you have prior knowledge of the UK education system. You may then select two optional modules (30 CATS each) from the modules offered across the taught MA programmes within the Centre for Education Studies to suit your needs and interests. You will then complete a 20,000 word dissertation under the supervision of a member of our well-published academic staff (60 CATS).