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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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For those who teach, lecture or organise science provision in educational settings. This dynamic programme is constantly redesigned in line with changing ideas and practice. Read more
For those who teach, lecture or organise science provision in educational settings. This dynamic programme is constantly redesigned in line with changing ideas and practice. Taught from one of the leading research institutions in science education, it offers students excellent opportunities in a supportive environment.

Key benefits

• Opportunities to explore and discuss current science education research.

• Consider education within differing contexts.

• Develop relevant research knowledge and skills.

• Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/science-education-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This is a dynamic programme constantly redesigned to keep up with changing ideas and practice. Being one of the leading research institutions in science education it offers students excellent opportunities in a close knit, supportive environment. It forms part of our department's successful modular MA education programme which has been running for over 10 years. Although rooted in practical experience the programme emphasises the theoretical study of education.

It will offer the opportunity to reflect on current provision in the light of past and present policy decisions and to evaluate current research and curricular innovations. It will provide up-to-date knowledge and evidence-based information about science education practice and pedagogical developments.

- Course purpose -

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. The programme enables 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.

- Course format and assessment -

In order to gain the MA Science Education, students must complete and pass four modules (30 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.

The programme may be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part time). A serving teacher would normally complete the MA on a part time basis and complete one module in each of the autumn and spring terms in year 1, and two further taught modules and the dissertation in year 2.

Students who have gained 60 master's level credits as part of their PGCE can normally transfer these in, and would then only have to complete two 30 credit taught modules instead of four, plus the dissertation. Please note that the period between first registration on the previous programme of study and the date of the College award will not normally exceed ten years. For example, if you are intending to start the MA as a part time student in September 2015 and you would like to transfer in master’s level credits from your PGCE, you must have started your PGCE in 2007 or later.

Career prospects

Senior and middle management in schools, informal science education or science education research.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Rooted in your practical experience, the MA programme draws on the latest research and emphasises evidence-based information about computing and computational thinking in education, e-learning / Technology Enhanced Learning and digital literacy. Read more
Rooted in your practical experience, the MA programme draws on the latest research and emphasises evidence-based information about computing and computational thinking in education, e-learning / Technology Enhanced Learning and digital literacy. Develop a critical understanding of computing in education and enhance your pedagogical skills.

Key benefits

- Cutting-edge research and a high profile research active staff.

- Highly supportive teaching and the climate built around success, excellence and commitment.

- Flexibility in learning, whether you are a full or part-time UK, EU or international student through a blend of face-to-face blocks in the heart of London and online activities.

- Develops your pedagogical skills and analytical understanding of computing and computational thinking in education, e-learning / Technology Enhanced Learning and digital literacy in education and their roles in your professional practice.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/computing-in-education-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

As part of our department's successful modular programme, running for over a decade, the MA is constantly updated and draws on the latest research in the development of computational thinking, e-learning/technologically enhanced learning and digital literacy. Through the programme you will develop a critical understanding of your professional expertise in developing computational thinking as well as using and managing digital technologies for teaching and/or learning. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical capabilities by designing and evaluating activities using a variety of approaches to learning including a range of digital technologies and / technologically enhanced learning, digital literacy and the development of computational thinking.
The programme is open to UK, EU and international students and is taught using a blend of face-to-face and on-line activities.

- 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. You will be made aware of significant current developments and of contemporary pedagogical practices both in computing in education and in enabling Technology Enhanced Learning. Those who teach computing as a subject can select modules that update their understanding of recent curricula and develop their pedagogical thinking. A flexible subject knowledge enhancement programme will run in parallel for ICT teachers who need to upgrade their subject knowledge for teaching new computing curricula.

- Course format and assessment -

There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.

Core modules:

• Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education
• A subject specific dissertation

The programme may be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part time). A serving teacher would normally complete the MA on a part time basis and complete one module in each of the autumn and spring terms in year 1, plus a further two modules and the dissertation in year 2.

The sessions for each module normally take place on one evening each week from 5.30 - 7.30pm at the Waterloo Campus. The compulsory Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education module involves two face-to-face sessions on Saturdays and 10 online sessions.

Career prospects

Career enhancement; research; educational software design.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Our Mathematics Education MA will enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of the study of Mathematics in Education. You will study a combination of required and optional modules that will advance your critical understanding and professional expertise. Read more

Our Mathematics Education MA will enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of the study of Mathematics in Education. You will study a combination of required and optional modules that will advance your critical understanding and professional expertise. We also offer a range of study topics that will allow you to explore current and future mathematical education practices, policies, curriculum technologies, problems and innovations.

Key benefits

  • You will have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and development in mathematics education.
  • Our curriculum is challenging, and you will be encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.
  • You will develop your analytical understanding of mathematics in education and will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical theory and practice.

Description

Throughout the course, you will develop a critical understanding of your professional expertise as well as analysing the learning and teaching of mathematics and their implications for policy and classroom practice. You will engage with fundamental concepts in learning theories as well as the education and assessment frameworks they often imply. Your study will allow you to develop a critical perspective on contemporary mathematical learning schemes and their current impact on mathematical learning, teaching and assessment. 

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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For each 30-credit taught module you will typically have 20 hours of class time. The sessions include lecturing, teacher led class discussions and student-led group work.

Self-study: You will have 280 hours of self-guided learning time per 30 credit module.

For the Academic Study Skills Workshops you will have 10.5 hours of contact time.

For the Dissertation module students receive 9 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and attend research methods lectures which are an additional 24 hours of contact time. The dissertation will also involve 567 hours of self-guided learning.

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. 

There is an online participation requirement for the compulsory taught module. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

Students are permitted to take up to 40 of their 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

The skills and knowledge developed in this course are of benefit to classroom practitioners (particularly those following a subject or school leadership career pathway), policy makers and individuals in other education-related roles. Some of our graduates also continue their educational research at MPhil/PhD level.



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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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An exploration of MFL teaching, learning and assessment practices in the light of policy changes, relevant research in the field and curriculum developments. Read more
An exploration of MFL teaching, learning and assessment practices in the light of policy changes, relevant research in the field and curriculum developments. The focus is on teachers as researchers critically reflecting on their own practice with the aims of defining what is effective as subject leaders of learning.

Key benefits

- Located in a wide range of international dimensions.

- Interactive learning drawing on the different experiences and cultural backgrounds of the students.

- Students benefit from engaging with tutors who are involved in current research in areas related to MFL developments.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/modern-foreign-languages-education-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This programme forms part of our well established department's successful modular MA education programme. Rooted in practical experience, it emphasises the theoretical study of education. In this programme, we reflect on current modern foreign language provision and curricular innovations in the light of policy decisions as well as evaluating international research. Students read widely and collect data from language classrooms or other sources to analyse in collaboration with their peers, aimed at developing practitioner research expertise. The learning is highly interactive and takes place in an agreeable learning community.

- Course purpose -

We invite language teachers at all levels and those who organise language learning provision from all cultural contexts to participate in the rich intercultural and collaborative learning opportunities this MA offers. The main purpose is to provide opportunities for professionals involved in foreign language education to extend their knowledge through engagement with current research and developments in policy and practice, linking this to critical reflection on their practice.

- Course format and assessment -

In order to gain the MA Modern Foreign Languages Education, students must complete and pass four taught modules (30 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Education & Professional Studies enables you to reflect on your professional practice, extend your knowledge and develop awareness of significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice. Read more
Education & Professional Studies enables you to reflect on your professional practice, extend your knowledge and develop awareness of significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice. It is a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests through taught modules plus a research project.

Key benefits

- Professionals can construct a portfolio of courses tailored to their own concerns.

- Students are able to undertake professionally focused research that reflects their interests, expertise and specific sector.

- Flexibility and choice over the duration of the programme enables participants to take account of new interests and changing concerns.

- Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/education-and-professional-studies-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our department has offered the successful MA Education programmes for over a decade. The current suite of programmes is designed to appeal to different specialist student interests. In the current policy climate, with the increased devolution of managerial responsibility and more shared responsibilities, more educationalists need knowledge and expertise which extends beyond their immediate subject area.

This programme offers the opportunity to construct a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests across the curriculum.

-,Course purpose -

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. The programme enables 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.

- Course format and assessment -

Core modules:

- Recent Developments in Educational Management
- Social Context of Schooling
- Teacher Development
- Dissertation

There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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We have designed our English in Education MA for secondary teachers of English or advisors and teacher educators who want to follow a programme of advanced study after some time working in the classroom. Read more

We have designed our English in Education MA for secondary teachers of English or advisors and teacher educators who want to follow a programme of advanced study after some time working in the classroom. It will equip you with essential theoretical and research knowledge to enhance your teaching practice and your career.

Key benefits

  • An innovative programme which looks at English as an Arts subject.
  • It is the only course of its kind based in London.
  • It is aimed at anyone who is in the teaching profession or with an interest in English.

Description

This programme forms part of our department's successful modular MA programme, which has been running for over a decade. The core module, Notions of English, draws on current research and scholarship to address topics that include: the history of and current approaches to English teaching; the nature of speaking and writing; learning, knowledge and thinking in English; assessment for learning in English; the vernacular and poetic; English and students' other languages; language as art; language and other media; key concepts in English; and underlying principles of English teaching. You will then be able to pursue your personal and professional interests through our extensive choice of optional modules.

This course is ideal if you teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. We will enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. We will teach you about the significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

We offer this as a full-time and part-time course, so that you may continue to work as a teacher while studying.

If you already have 60 master's level credits as part of your PGCE, you can normally transfer these in, and you would then only have to complete two 30-credit taught modules instead of four, though you will still need to undertake a dissertation. Please note that the period between first registration on the previous programme of study and the date of the College award should not normally be more than 10 years. For example, if you plan to start this MA as a part-time student in September 2015 and you would like to transfer in master’s level credits from your PGCE, you must have started your PGCE in 2007 or later.

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.

Course format and assessment

You will receive teaching from leading experts in the field. Your sessions with academics will include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work. You will have one-to-one supervision during your dissertation. The sessions for each module normally take place on one evening each week from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Some modules involve two face-to-face sessions on Saturdays and 10 online sessions.

We will assess you through coursework, and there will be no exams. The modules are assessed in the following way:

  • The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed with a 6,000-word assignment.
  • Your 60-credit dissertation is assessed with an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.


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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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