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Sheffield Hallam University, Full Time MA Degrees in Education

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The MA Education is designed to extend your critical understanding of education in its broadest sense. Read more

The MA Education is designed to extend your critical understanding of education in its broadest sense. You have the opportunity to apply conceptual issues related to contemporary debates in education, comparative understandings of education and innovative practice to your own interests and tailor the course to meet your requirements. All students follow the same modules but over a different time scale.

This course offers you flexible professional and personal development opportunities. It is ideal if you are a teacher, either experienced or recently qualified, or another educational practitioner working in • an educational setting • a role supporting some aspect of learning • an education care role. However, we also welcome students with an interest in education; there is not a requirement for professional experience. Many students progress to our masters course from undergraduate courses in a related discipline or have a specific interest in education that they would like to pursue.

The course is practice-oriented insofar as coursework relates to practices related to your specific field of educational interest. You develop a reflective and critical approach to issues arising from your knowledge or experiences of educational practice. You draw on your professional or personal experience and link this to research, policy and new approaches to develop your knowledge base and critical evaluation skills. Through this learning you are able to develop and influence practice in your current and/or future context.

The course helps you to develop your • professional knowledge and understanding of practice in your context • evaluation and research skills • academic skills • employability skills that link closely to your education specialism and career aims •understanding of contemporary debates in education.

You can focus your studies on

  • any age phase of education – early years, primary, secondary, post 16, higher education, informal education
  • professions allied to education such as learning mentor, arts education officer or those responsible for professional development.

You develop knowledge and skills in

  • building a knowledge base to enable critique of policy and practice
  • evidence based evaluation
  • professional reflection
  • practitioner enquiry
  • developing practice and innovation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Curriculum design and innovation
  • Comparative studies of professional practice
  • Contemporary issues
  • Evidence, evaluation and critical reflection
  • Research project


Assessment is by 100% coursework and includes:

  • presentations
  • reflective accounts
  • individual and group activities
  • essays
  • research reports.


This course opens up various employment opportunities for you.

The changing education context means there are more roles for graduates who are able to

  • work across different agencies and teams to secure improvements in learning and inclusion
  • draw on a broad knowledge base to develop and influence practice and policy
  • use reflection and research skills to understand the needs of learners, colleagues and partners in education.

The skills you gain on this course are relevant to your personal development and career progression in a range of roles in education in both formal and non-formal settings.

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The MA TESOL is studied full-time at our Sheffield campus. Whether you are in the early stages of your language teaching career or an experienced language teacher, you study as part of the TESOL Centre's community of expert teachers, teacher trainers, and language learners. Read more

The MA TESOL is studied full-time at our Sheffield campus. Whether you are in the early stages of your language teaching career or an experienced language teacher, you study as part of the TESOL Centre's community of expert teachers, teacher trainers, and language learners. You work with specialist advisers for your assignments and boost your use of language in English language classes.

During your time in the UK, you

  • have the opportunity to take the Trinity College Cert in TESOL an internationally-recognised initial teaching qualification which includes 6 hours of supervised teaching practice
  • develop and enhance your understanding of language, language learners and language learning research
  • reflect on your previous language learning, share the experiences of others and develop techniques to improve the learning of your own students
  • critique and develop your classroom practice, syllabus design, lesson planning, teaching materials, and tests
  • experience the ways that a critical and reflective approach to your own teaching practice improves your skills
  • develop your academic language
  • boost your skills, knowledge and confidence to shape and achieve your future teaching career
  • prepare for future job applications with your employer-friendly professional development portfolio
  • become a part of a caring and progressive community of language teaching professionals

While in Sheffield, you experience a wide range of teaching activities: interactive workshops, guided observations, collaborative lesson planning, teaching with classmates, individual tutorials, discussion forums, video lectures, guided reading, and participation in lectures.

You can also attend English for Academic Purposes sessions, delivered in our British Council-accredited TESOL Centre throughout the course. You will experience current approaches to language teaching while learning the skills needed to succeed on the course in your dedicated MA TESOL group.

Your employability as an English language professional is key to the thinking behind the course, which has been designed in dialogue with international English language teaching professional competencies frameworks.

Scholarships may be available to support your studies. Find out more information about the Sheffield Hallam Transform Together Scholarships or financial support available from the British Council.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Second language learning
  • English language teaching methodologies
  • Analysing language
  • Developing as an English language teacher
  • Research project


Meet your learning objectives through

  • writing essays
  • questionnaires
  • text analysis
  • reflective accounts
  • lesson plans
  • presentations
  • research proposal and the dissertation.


The British Council estimate that by 2020 there will be 1.9 billion people learning English. They all profit from good language teaching programmes. Our graduates are working as language professionals and academic managers in a variety of UK and international educational settings, including global universities, private language centres, international language schools, colleges, primary and high schools.

Many take up senior roles include teacher educators, teacher managers, materials writers, test developers and language school directors. Some travel the world, others return to their home education system with an international education and impressive language and research skills.

Recent graduates are working in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Libya, Pakistan, Spain and Italy. 

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