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King’s College London, Full Time MA Degrees in Education

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Our Education in Arts & Cultural Settings MA offers you the exciting opportunity to study at one of the world’s leading arts organisations, and learn from leading academics in education research. Read more

Our Education in Arts & Cultural Settings MA offers you the exciting opportunity to study at one of the world’s leading arts organisations, and learn from leading academics in education research. The course is jointly taught by the Learning and Participation Department at Southbank Centre and the School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s.

Key benefits

  • A unique collaboration between King’s College London and the Southbank Centre.
  • Access to the expertise of both institutions.
  • Innovative course for current and aspiring educators in arts and culture.

Description

Our MA in Education in Arts & Cultural Settings offers an exciting opportunity to study at a world-class centre for music, dance, visual arts and literature. Learning and participation is central and you will be taught by leading academics in education research. If you currently work, or if you aspire to work, in education, learning and participation in arts and cultural organisations and related sectors, then our course is ideal for you. You will be encouraged to develop your academic research skills to become reflexive educators in arts and cultural settings. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an internship in an appropriate environment.

We offer teaching in methodologies for designing, delivering and managing education courses as well as for working at the interface between education and culture. We set your learning in the context of current theoretical debates around cultural value, education, audience development, social inclusion, culture and identity, professional ethics within the cultural sector and the economics and ‘social’ value of art and culture.

Course purpose

MA Education in Arts & Cultural Settings is an innovative teaching collaboration between the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's and the Learning and Participation team at Southbank Centre. The course is relevant to those who currently work, or those who aspire to work, within education, learning and participation in arts and cultural organisations and related sectors.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

  • The Arts, Culture & Education module has 32 hours of class time.
  • The Learning, Participation & the Southbank Centre module has 20 hours of class time.
  • The Research Methods module has 22 hours of class time.
  • The optional internship module typically involves six hours of class time and students must spend at least 160 hours (20 working days) on the internship placement.
  • The other optional modules typically have 20 hours of class time.
  • In all cases, the time in class can include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work.
  • Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Self-guided hours:

  • The Arts, Culture and Education module has 268 hours self-guided learning time. 
  • The Learning, Participation & the Southbank Centre module has 280 hours self-guided learning time.
  •  The Research Methods module has 278 hours self-guided learning time. 
  • The optional modules typically have 280 hours self-guided learning time.
  • The internship module has approximately 294 hours of self-guided learning time, which includes at least 160 hours of work experience.

The Academic Study Skills Workshop has 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, students receive 9 hours one-to-one dissertation supervision, and are expected to complete 591 hours on it in self-study.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected and may include essays, oral presentations, research proposals and placement reports. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed with an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

Contact hours and assessment methods may vary for students taking 30-40 optional credits from outside the course.

Career prospects

You will be able to use the skills that you develop over the duration of this course to excel in a variety of Education/Learning-related roles. For example, our graduates have gone on to careers within arts and cultural organisations and to enhance their careers in art education. Others have continued their studies to a higher level.



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The Education MA is a flexible course that enables students to pursue their own particular interests in education. It combines interdisciplinary perspectives with the development of analytical and core research skills. Read more

The Education MA is a flexible course that enables students to pursue their own particular interests in education. It combines interdisciplinary perspectives with the development of analytical and core research skills. The course enables students to develop a critical understanding of education policies and practices and promotes capacities for creative thought and action.

Key Benefits

  • Flexible and interdisciplinary study.
  • Supports a range of curriculum specialisms.
  • Draws on contemporary research to develop a critical understanding of education policies and practices.
  • Promotes analytical and research skills to enhance classroom practice.
  • Promotes transferable abilities such as policy analysis and research, communication and presentation skills.
  • Taught by staff with international reputations in their fields.
  • Provides opportunities to build local, national and international networks of teachers, academics and education policy specialists.
  • Suitable for educators across all sectors and others with an interest in education studies.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Description

Hosted in the School of Education, Communication and Society, which is internationally recognised as a centre of research and teaching excellence in the field of education, the Education MA supports students to develop a critical understanding of the social, political and philosophical trends underpinning contemporary developments in education. Students are taught by academics who are world leading in the fields of curriculum studies, critical pedagogy, educational assessment, education policy and sociology and philosophy of education.

The course will enable participants to develop an in-depth understanding of education policies and practices, drawing on UK and international contexts and perspectives, and acquire the skills and contacts that will enable them to progress in their careers. For those who work in education, the course will enable students to critically reflect on their own educational roles and carry out independent research in their workplaces.

The required module, Critical Perspectives on Education, will be delivered on a weekly basis over the autumn term. This combines highly interactive lectures with online blended learning to support learning within and beyond curriculum specialisms, including English, Science, Computing and Modern Languages. The extensive range of optional modules available makes the course highly flexible, enabling students to specialise in a particular area of educational research. 

Further literature

Please contact the Postgraduate Taught Programmes Officer: 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

Typically per 30 credit module you can expect 20-30 hours of teaching and 270-290 hours of self-study. For our academic study skills workshops you can expect 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, you can expect 9 hours of individual dissertation supervision and 24 hours of dissertation workshops, in additional to 567 hours of self-study. 

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment 

  • The required module is assessed by essay, participation in an online discussion forum and subjectspecific task(s) via a portfolio.
  • Most 30-credit modules are assessed through a 6,000 word essay, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules chosen.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed by a 16,000 word dissertation. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and will give you a good indication of what to expect.


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Our Education, Policy & Society MA is an interdisciplinary course which draws on sociology, political science, economics and history to address the challenges of education policy and provision. Read more

Our Education, Policy & Society MA is an interdisciplinary course which draws on sociology, political science, economics and history to address the challenges of education policy and provision. It will give you a deep understanding of educational policy and processes in relation to issues of race, social class, gender and changes such as globalisation and new managerialism.

Key benefits

  • Cutting edge policy analysis drawing on contemporary research.
  • Interdisciplinary and critical approach towards contemporary policy provision.
  • Explores models and approaches in policy analysis as well as skills and approaches in undertaking critical policy analysis.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Description

This course provides an opportunity for policy text analysis and comparative policy study. The course will be suitable for you no matter the level at which you teach, lecture or organise educational provision. You will learn about significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice, enabling you to reflect on your own practice and extend your knowledge.

Course purpose

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We teach our modules through lectures, teacher led class discussions and group work, typically for 20 hours of contact per module. We provide 10.5 hours of academic study skills workshops. In addition to this you will be required to complete 280 hours of independent study for each 30-credit taught module. For your dissertation, we will provide nine hours of one-to-one supervision and 24 hours of lectures on research methods to complement your 567 hours of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment 

The 30 credit taught modules are normally assessed by a 6,000 word assignment. However, assessment methods may vary, depending on the optional modules you select, and for the compulsory module you will be required to complete a 5,000 word essay and 1,000 word blog or policy briefing.

The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

You are permitted to take up to 40 of your optional credits from outside of the course, at the discretion of the Programme Director. The contact time and assessment methods for those modules may vary.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

Over the duration of this course you will develop skills that will enhance your career and prospects of promotion. Our graduates have gone into a range of teaching, leadership, administrative and research roles in schools, higher education, government departments and non-governmental organisations, including becoming headteachers, university lecturers and education advisors. Some have set up their own social enterprises and many have continued their studies, completing doctorates or professional qualifications.



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The Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA is for experienced teachers wanting to learn more about current ELT/ESL research, theory, pedagogy and practice. Read more

The Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA is for experienced teachers wanting to learn more about current ELT/ESL research, theory, pedagogy and practice.

The study course offers you an excellent opportunity to further your career in TEFL/TESOL and develop expertise in specialist fields such as language assessment and testing, materials development, teaching EAP, management and evaluation and ESOL.

Please note that we also offer an alternative version of the Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA, in conjunction with International House London. That route involves a slightly different programme of study and leads to the award of the Cambridge DELTA, as well as the MA itself

Key benefits

  • Opportunities to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive programme-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different backgrounds.
  • Opportunities to develop professional expertise relevant to your career development in areas such as EAP, teaching ESOL, materials development, language testing and assessment, teacher education.

Description

The Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA course offers you opportunities to explore current research and specialist areas such as teacher education, materials development, teaching English for academic purposes, management and evaluation in ELT and intercultural studies.

You will study required modules covering language-teaching methodology and curriculum design, linguistic analysis for language teaching, issues in language acquisition and use (sociolinguistics, social and psychological aspects of second language learning) and research methods. We also place emphasis on the view of informed teaching and the need for teachers to mediate between theory and practice in constructing pedagogies according to specific teaching-learning situations.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the 180-195 credit course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. If you have the Cambridge ESOL DELTA or Trinity House Diploma in ELT, you may be eligible for the ‘fast track’ version of the course which will give you exemption from Principles and Practices in Second/Foreign Language Teaching. The fast track option can only be studied part-time. As students on this pathway are exempt from a module, they will not take any taught modules in one of the terms (normally Term 1 of Year 2). They may, however, be working on their dissertation during this time. 

Course purpose

For experienced language teachers who want to reflect upon and further develop their understanding of the various theoretical and practical issues that impact on the field of language learning and teaching.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. The total contact time for each 30-credit taught module is typically 40 hours (20 hours per 15 credit module). These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study, in addition to other practical, technical and analytical activities. Each 30-credit taught module has 260 hours of self-guided learning time (130 hours for a 15 credit taught module). Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will receive six hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision. Lectures involving research methods will involve an additional 20 hours of contact time, to complement the 574 hours of self-study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, language analysis tasks, exams and oral presentations. Most optional modules are assessed by a 3,500-word essay. The dissertation will be assessed by one 15,000-word extended piece of writing. The format of your optional module assessment will depend on the options chosen.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates from the Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA course choose to remain in further education and go on to follow MPhil/PhD pathways.



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Our Child Studies MA is a multidisciplinary course designed to meet the needs of professionals and graduates working or intending to work with or on behalf of children and young people. Read more

Our Child Studies MA is a multidisciplinary course designed to meet the needs of professionals and graduates working or intending to work with or on behalf of children and young people. The course is aimed at anyone in a child safeguarding role, including social workers, child and family lawyers, named or designated health practitioners, teachers, police officers and NGO staff.

Key benefits

  • The MA Child Studies is delivered by internationally renowned speakers, clinicians and academics.
  • We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to childhood issues and current policy developments.
  • You will study modules based on contemporary issues in child protection and children’s rights.
  • We provide opportunities for you to collaborate and share ideas and experiences with others from different disciplines.

Description

The Child Studies MA is a demanding course that concentrates on an academic and analytical approach to modern-day issues of childhood. The course features a range of modules that are highly relevant to those who are working or intending to work with vulnerable children. We welcome graduates from a variety of disciplines and professions including medicine, education, law, social care, psychology and sociology.

The course combines a range of required and optional modules to a value of between 180 and 190 credits. In addition to a required dissertation, you will take required modules covering Children’s Rights and Child Protection, and then choose from a wide range of relevant optional modules, such as Global Childhoods, Child Health & Development, and Psychology and Learning. 

Course purpose

Designed for professional and personal development, as well as academic. We aim to enable you to develop a multidisciplinary approach to childhood issues within the context of current policy developments. Students come from a variety of disciplines and professions including medicine, education, law, social care, psychology and sociology.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. A significant proportion of teaching on the course is delivered by expert external lecturers, both academics and practitioners. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

The teaching contact time for each 30-credit taught Child Studies module is typically 30.5-32 hours. In addition each module will involve one hour of supervision/Q&A time. The typical teaching contact time for each 30-credit taught ‘Education’ optional module is 20 hours. Teaching sessions will usually include lectures, and teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study.

There are 12 hours of teaching for the internship module; this is supplemented by the support of Careers and Employability and mentoring through the internship itself. Students also complete at least 160 hours of employment. Each 30-credit taught module has 267-280 (or 288 for the internship module) hours of self-guided learning time.

For the dissertation module, you will receive 22 hours of research methods training. You may also choose to take research methods as an optional module. You will also receive six to eight hours of dissertation workshops, plus nine additional hours of individual dissertation supervision, to complement the approximately 561-563 hours of self-study.

Contact hours for optional modules taken outside of the course, may vary.

Assessment

This course is assessed by a combination of essays, reports, examinations, presentations, research proposals and case studies. Your assessment methods will be determined by your choice of optional modules. The dissertation is an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

Career prospects

Our graduates frequently progress to senior practitioner posts involving child-related work. Recent graduate destinations have included Anna Freud Centre, Barnardo’s, St Christopher’s residential child care services and local authority children’s services.



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Our International Child Studies MA is a multidisciplinary course designed to promote a rigorous academic approach to contemporary issues in childhood, underpinned by a children’s rights framework. Read more

Our International Child Studies MA is a multidisciplinary course designed to promote a rigorous academic approach to contemporary issues in childhood, underpinned by a children’s rights framework. By taking a sociological perspective we encourage you to examine children’s experiences, the ways in which childhood is socially and culturally constructed, and to reflect on international policy and practice.

Key benefits

  • Multidisciplinary approach.
  • Covers latest developments in issues that affect childhood globally.
  • Taught by a wide range of external expert speakers, as well as our own staff, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with students from different disciplines.

Description

Our multidisciplinary course encourages you to take a rigorous academic and analytical approach to contemporary issues in childhood. These issues are relevant for anyone working or intending to work with, or on behalf of, vulnerable children. We apply sociological perspectives on multiple constructed childhoods to a comparative study of global childhoods. This complements our teaching on relevant law and policy, child development, and contemporary issues such as poverty, HIV, child trafficking and child protection. This course is appropriate if you work in the statutory or voluntary sector overseas or aspire to work in these sectors. 

Course purpose

Our MA International Child Studies is appropriate for professionals working in the statutory or voluntary sector overseas; those aspiring to work in the statutory or voluntary sector overseas who hold a first degree in a relevant subject; and UK professionals working with a diverse population of children/young people. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. A significant proportion of teaching on the course is delivered by expert external lecturers, both academics and practitioners. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

In addition these modules will involve:

Lectures, seminars and feedback: The teaching contact time for each 30 credit taught Child Studies module is typically 30.5 - 32 hours. In addition this module will involve one hour of supervision/Q&A time. The typical teaching contact time for each 30 credit taught ‘Education’ optional module is 20 hours. Teaching sessions will usually include lectures, and teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. There are 12 hours of teaching for the internship module; this is supplemented by the support of Careers and Employability and mentoring through the internship itself. Students also complete at least 160 hours of employment for the internship module. 

Self-Study: 267-280 hours (or 288 hours for the internship module)

Dissertation:

Seminars and feedback: You will receive 22 hours of research methods training. You may also choose to take research methods as an optional module. You will also receive six to eight hours of dissertation workshops, plus nine additional hours of individual dissertation supervision.

Self study: Approximately 561-563 hours for dissertation

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Although assessment methods may vary between modules, we will normally assess you though essays, reports, examinations, presentations, research proposals and case studies. We will assess your dissertation module through a 16,000-word piece of writing.

Career prospects

Our recent graduates are using the skills and knowledge they developed over this course in organisations such as UNICEF, Children and Families Across Borders, Eastern Washington University (lecturer), Seneca Centre Oakland, California, and DG ECHO (the Humanitarian Aid arm of the EU).



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Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, teaching theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. Read more

Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, teaching theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. You will have the opportunity to observe actual language classes, plan and teach real lessons and carry out research on language learning and teaching.

Key benefits

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for teaching English in different contexts.
  • Four weeks of supervised teaching practice.
  • Gain a professional certificate in TEFL at the same time as your MA in TESOL.
  • Observe lessons and learn from experienced teachers at International House London.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Staff have extensive experience of teaching and training teachers in a wide variety of contexts.

Description

Through our Master’s course you will learn sophisticated approaches to second-language pedagogy, second-language learning theories, linguistic analysis and research methods. This will give you a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching placement and provide skills to continue your professional development. Our optional modules and dissertation module will allow you to connect this knowledge to specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials and teaching English in a variety of contexts. You will also have the option of four weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House, the leading provider of the initial teacher training certificate. If you are successful in the placement you will gain an additional qualification through International House, either the Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

This course provides you with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It will enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and will prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will give you the basic research skills you need to investigate language learning, and to help you to develop your individual pedagogic style by reflecting on practice.

Course purpose

The programme provides students with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It enables students to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and prepares students to develop the capacity to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will provide students with basic research skills to investigate language learning, and help students to develop their individual pedagogic approaches by reflecting on practice.

Course format and assessment

We will teach you through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and group work, and you will typically have 40 hours of this for every 30-credit required module. We also expect you to undertake 260 hours of independent study per 30-credit required module. Contact hours for optional modules may vary slightly. During your dissertation we will provide you with seven hours of one-to-one contact with a supervisor and 20 hours of lectures on research skills to complement your 573 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will assess your performance on our required modules through essays, language analysis tasks, oral presentations and lesson planning tasks. We assess most of our optional modules through one 3,500-word essay per module, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules you choose. You will also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Career prospects

The skills and knowledge that you develop over the course of our MA will prepare you for a career in English language teaching, a research-oriented career, or a mixture of the two.



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