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MA in Teaching

Course Description

About the Course

The Master's in Teaching at Brunel University London, for Newly Qualified Teachers with 60 credits, aims to help them to make a real difference to pupils’ learning outcomes.

The course combines a close focus on educational practice while stimulating early career teachers’ professional learning. It develops their understanding of key educational and social science concepts such as pedagogy, socio-cultural diversity and motivation.

Some key benefits of undertaking the Masters in Teaching at Brunel University London include:

-opportunities to accelerate career progression by developing high quality pedagogical expertise that makes a real impact on pupil outcomes;
-the transformation of 60 PG Cert credits into a Master's degree;
-part-time mode of delivery: three Saturday conferences each year incorporating seminar workshops, action learning sets and tutorials;
-blended approach to learning: face-to-face sessions supported by online components and ongoing participation in the course Virtual Learning Environment;
-flexibility to stage learning: working toward 20, 40 and 60 assessed credits in years 1,2 and 3 respectively;
-Year 1 fee waived for Newly Qualified Teachers working in enhanced partnership schools.*
*For further information about the enhanced partnership please contact: Partnership Development Manager, Michelle Evans –


The Master's in Teaching at Brunel University London:

-engages students in intellectually challenging research and experientially-based exploration of questions of teaching, learning and schools, while systematically developing their professional knowledge and understanding, and awareness of current problems and new insights;
-helps students to develop an informed, enquiring, self-sustaining approach to professional practice and to professional learning;
-equips students with the strategies necessary to identify, locate and critically evaluate relevant research and theoretical literature, and other forms of evidence that could usefully inform their practice;
-enables students to conduct worthwhile practitioner enquiries in their own professional setting, including research and development projects specifically intended to improve pupil outcomes;
-encourages students to work collaboratively with colleagues and other professionals or stakeholders (including parents), engaging them in the processes of research and its findings
-helps students to develop a creative and constructively critical approach towards educational innovation.

Course Content

The Masters in Teaching at Brunel University London is designed for early career teachers who are interested in developing a research-informed, critical approach to the development of their practice. The focus is on the processes of teaching and learning and the programme is rooted in participants’ own school-based experience. It involves carrying out investigations in school, supported by appropriate reading, and attendance at three intensive conference days normally held on a Saturday at Brunel University London each year. Throughout the programme there is a strong emphasis on collaboration. The university’s Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard Learn) is used extensively to support the school-based tasks and to sustain critical discussion.

Year 1 - starts by focusing on pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning that can positively impact, and make a real difference to, pupils and schools.

Students will have some seminars together, and work in smaller groups with teachers from a range of subject areas or phases.

For example, the Responsive Teaching module provides a lens through which students critically explore a range of contemporary issues relating to educational provision and their own practice framed around five key themes: folk pedagogies; funds of knowledge; culturally responsive teaching; pupil voice; and, assessment for learning.

Year 2 - the programme begins by focusing on pupils, and then considers how teachers and schools can respond. Students will have some seminars together and work in either subject-specific groups or general groups.

For example, the Learners and Learning module provides a lens through which students critically explore a range of contemporary issues relating to educational provision and their own practice framed around four key themes: learning; designing learning/mediating a curriculum; assessment and motivation; and, schools, equity and achievement.

Year 3 - all students will undertake a Research and Development project which involves implementing a new strategy and reviewing its progress, while working with colleagues.

Core teaching for all students will be supported by work in supervision groups and action learning sets exploring the specific applications and implications of these key ideas in their curriculum areas.

All students are expected to contribute to an annual conference held for course participants by presenting ideas about effective research instruments and strategies to evaluate the efficiency of the teaching innovations they have introduced.

For more information on the Special Features of this course and the Teaching and Assesment, please visit this link http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-in-teaching-mat

Visit the MA in Teaching page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree normally with a 2:2 classification or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subjectQualified Teacher Status (QTS) award60 credits at Master’s level from a UK university or equivalent institutionFor candidates without 60 credits at Master’s level, the Admissions Panel may accept alternative evidence eg Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) offered against evidence of previous professional work, qualifications and experience

Course Fees

Year 1 – £780 Year 2 – £1,560 Year 3 – £2,340

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