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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John), Full Time MA Degrees

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The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. Read more
The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. You can study on a full- (one year) or part-time basis (three years).

With a blend of one-to-one learning, distance learning and attendance at our Saturday practitioner days, you’ll be able to design and develop your own assessments throughout the course. Following completion of this course and with enhanced subject-specialist knowledge, you’ll be ideally placed to inform change in your practice settings.

This course provides a flexible approach to your studies, with learning being informed by your work setting and specific subject interests. You will be given the chance to identify your own research interests to shape your modules and assessments. This course provides a vital route to career progression and enhanced professional practice.

Modules

-Independent Study
-Professional Practice Portfolio
-Research Design
-Dissertation
-Leadership and Governance of Church Schools
-Developing Co-operative Learning Approaches to Teaching and Learning
-Values-Based Education
-NQT Career Development Portfolio
-Managing Inclusion in the Classroom
-Leadership in Learning and Education Contexts
-Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Career Opportunities

In general terms, a Masters’ degree can enable career progression in a highly competitive market place and promote career mobility. Career opportunities will vary according to students’ fields of work, but holders of a Masters’ degree can expect to demonstrate highly flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership of learning and mastery of a subject area.

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It is worth researching on-line to see if there are Independent Trusts or Foundations who may be able to offer bursaries in your subject or make a fee contribution. Publications such as The Grants Register and The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts provide information on possible sources of funding. On-line databases also include Scholarship Research and Postgraduate Scholarships.

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Become a trained multimedia journalist with our brand new postgraduate taught Journalism Masters. This carefully designed course allows you to specialise in a chosen subject, be it sport, fashion, science, music or politics, and build a portfolio of work. Read more
Become a trained multimedia journalist with our brand new postgraduate taught Journalism Masters. This carefully designed course allows you to specialise in a chosen subject, be it sport, fashion, science, music or politics, and build a portfolio of work. We couple this with a built in work experience module at a media outlet to practice your professional skills and make you more employable in the media industry. Taught by a well-connected team of practising journalists and multi-media academics, this Masters has been specifically designed to meet the needs of media employers right now.

As well as developing the fundamentals of accurate storytelling and honing a keen news sense, you will be taught advanced skills for print, radio and TV broadcast. You will learn through practical sessions which focus on technical skills and key software packages as well as a range of lectures on key themes such as ethics and media law led by industry experts. You'll also develop through workshops, newsdays and regular tutorial support. You will be based in our state-of-the-art Journalism and Media centre where you will have 24 hour access to a well-appointed newsroom, online radio station and editing suites.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Creating content for multimedia platforms
-Journalism and society
-Media law
-Specialist module choices
-Multimedia newsroom practice
-Digital and data Journalism
-Work based learning
-Extended journalism project

Career Opportunities

This masters course prepares students to work in radio, TV, print or digital platforms. You will graduate equipped to work as a reporter at a local and national news outlet, as a digital and social media content producer or as a specialist journalist freelancing for national print and online publications writing about specific issues in your chosen field. You can tap into our strong links with local and national media employers to develop your own professional network.

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We are fully accredited by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and have built a strong programme that is driven by the industry. Accreditation ensures that our programme delivers what we say and what the industry wants.

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Do you have a passion for children’s literature? Do you want to share literature with children and develop their ability to read for pleasure? Do you want to deepen your own knowledge of the literature, studying and discussing alongside like mind peers? Then this is the course for you!. Read more
Do you have a passion for children’s literature? Do you want to share literature with children and develop their ability to read for pleasure? Do you want to deepen your own knowledge of the literature, studying and discussing alongside like mind peers? Then this is the course for you!

The study at Masters Level will enable you to immerse yourself in the world of literature for children and young adults gaining experiences and accreditation within a friendly, flexible setting.

Through a blend of learning you will be explore how children’s literature has developed over the last century to offer a diverse range of genres and experiences for children. You will develop your own skills of enquiry and critical appraisal. You will examine relationships between readers, writers, illustrators, text and content. There are opportunities to develop your own pathways of study and to work on the creative writing of children’s literature.

Modules are taught by a team of enthusiastic and experienced experts within the field of children’s literature. We have established links with local and national bodies and can present and offer a variety of experiences and opportunities.

This course provides the opportunity to study full (one year) on campus, or part (three years) via distance learning and blended learning, allowing those within the professional field to continue with their employment whilst also developing their academic selves.

This is a research-driven and practice informed course, designed to help enhance students' professional practice in a variety of scenarios to support children in reading for pleasure. You will develop skills of critical reflection and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the wonderful texts available for today’s young readers. You will be introduced to many new texts and will also rediscover some old favourites. Studies of genres will offer choices to specialise in chosen areas as well as exploring new and possibly unfamiliar fields.

Teaching will be through a variety of formats from seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials to online discussions and independent tasks. Planned research talks from visiting academics and authors will form highlights of the course and lively conference opportunities will enable you to engage with many people in the same areas of study.

Career Opportunities

This course allows the student to gain advanced knowledge and understanding within the field of children's literature, this therefore leads towards a career working closely with parents, teachers and children.

After completion of this MA students will be able to embark on a career helping others to develop a passion for children's literacy whilst also helping to raise children's standards in reading. This may be achieved through teaching in schools, librarians, nursery staff or social work.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/

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Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course. Read more
Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course.

This intellectually rigorous postgraduate programme encourages collaborative engagement between staff and students, developing the faculty’s applied research portfolio and deepening links with related professions.

There are three key themes to the programme, each with their own supervised projects. The aim is to develop your critical understanding of your service area, exploring contextual issues which define the parameters of your field, and engaging in developmental-based project work.

You’ll be given plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your own concerns, ensuring that you complete the course with the most valuable knowledge and skills possible.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

Stage 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses
Stage 2: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
Stage 3: Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

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While you will be working to a generic project structure and set of learning outcomes, each project will be based on a set of criteria specific to the chosen subject specialism. The focus and content will be negotiated with a supervisor who is research active in that specialism.

It is anticipated that project work will lead to publication in an appropriate journal or other academic outlet, following the completion of the assessment process.

The University of St Mark & St John is proud to be a preferred training provider of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and registered to ELCAS (Centre Code 4437).

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Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. Read more
Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice.

The MA Social Policy is one of a number of new and exciting programmes developed by the Department of Social Sciences. This Social Policy programme will be of particular interest to you if you are:
-An experienced practitioner looking for advanced Continuous Professional Development opportunities
-An international student wanting to study and practice in the UK
-An undergraduate student looking to move directly onto postgraduate education incorporating work based experiences and strengthening your employability prospects.

If you are interested in making a difference with opportunities to theorise social policy in practice this challenging programme will engage you in a high quality, transformative educational experience. The programme will provide opportunities to actively engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships as well as contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. A key feature of the programme is the emphasis on both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts.

The Programme aims to:
-Introduce students to the study of social policy both from British and international perspectives. It explores the subject in the context of personal perspectives and position within broader political, social, cultural, economic and environmental developments.
-Develop opportunities for global, employer and digital engagement through which to create a greater capacity for social policy practice and knowledge exchange.
-Develop confidence, capabilities and creativity to flourish in the worlds of study and employment.

If you are currently working in social policy or interested in building on your undergraduate degree in order to pursue a related occupation in health, housing, social services or social security, then the MA Social Policy could be for you. You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and transferable skills throughout the programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis that will be useful in a variety of jobs.

Modules

*denotes a compulsory module and you will study a total of six modules:
-Contemporary issues in social science research
-International social policy analysis
-Social policy analysis
-Research in social policy contexts
-Independent social policy learning project*
-Applied social policy*
-Dissertation*

These modules will be focused towards developing both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts. The independent social policy module enables students to undertake a small research project linked to their own research interests. The applied module provides opportunities for students to undertake work based experience in a social policy setting of their choice and gain first hand experience of impact of social policy in practice. Through the dissertation module students will have an opportunity to develop an extended piece of social policy research.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates will be able to pursue a diverse range of career routes including progress to further PG Study via a doctoral route leading to a career as a researcher; managing and leading across a range of welfare contexts nationally, regionally and locally. The University also has partnerships with a range of organisations that are welfare orientated and that seeks to influence social policy. "Social Policy graduates could expect to find work in a wide range of posts across the third-sector public services, government and business. These could include roles in central and local government departments, community bodies, charities, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning body." Jo Lake, Head of Employability at the University.

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The University of St Mark & St John is one of the UK’s leading TESOL training providers. Read more
The University of St Mark & St John is one of the UK’s leading TESOL training providers. With more than three decades’ experience delivering master’s programmes to 35 cohorts of students in Plymouth, as well as in over 15 locations around the world, the University has trained a wide range of outstanding TESOL professionals.

We have been involved in TESOL teaching, training curriculum renewal and quality assurance projects in nearly 50 countries, including Hungary, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Our flexible and dynamic MSc TESOL is an enriching choice for those seeking the challenge of master’s-level study, informed and complemented by the experience of a teaching internship in one of our well-established partner schools.

Modules

-English Language Learning & Teaching
-Analysing Language for TESOL
-Specialist options
-Research methods
-Extended study - Dissertation or Professional Portfolio

Career Opportunities

The internship experience and engagement with cutting-edge academic input provide graduates of the MSc TESOL with opportunities to acquire a range of distinctive qualities attractive to employers across the globe. Graduates of previous programmes have found employment as TESOL teachers in schools, colleges and universities. Others have become teacher trainers, materials writers, education managers and test designers. A significant number have gone on to doctoral study (PhD, EdD).

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This postgraduate diploma can be studied on a full- (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. It provides the perfect learning platform for experienced youth workers to concentrate on their professional development, exploring and analysing social education strategies and community development with critical reflection. Read more
This postgraduate diploma can be studied on a full- (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. It provides the perfect learning platform for experienced youth workers to concentrate on their professional development, exploring and analysing social education strategies and community development with critical reflection. Students also work to understand the policies and practices which aim to counter discrimination and encourage equality in the community.

This dynamic course offers an in-depth look at the profession in its current state, encouraging students to identify new strategies which can bring about positive change in the future. The course leads to a nationally recognised qualification from the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), as part of the University’s continued commitment to boosting students’ employability and professional confidence.

This intensive course helps students to understand how communities function and how they change according to political, social and economical changes. Students are encouraged to explore historical and contemporary evidence and theory to develop a well-rounded, expert approach to youth and community work.

Modules

Students are required to completed their PG Dip with professional qualification before undertaking a practitioner research project to inform the Masters Dissertation.
-Theory and Practice of Youth and Community Work
-Professional Development (1) Anti-Oppressive, Interpersonal Communication and Group Work in Youth and Community Work
-Professional Development (2) Enhancing Youth and Community Work Practice through Research and Enquiry
-Professional Development (3) Managing and Leading Youth and Community Work
-Youth and Community Work Practice 1
-Youth and Community Work Practice 2

Students who successfully complete their Postgraduate Diploma (Year 1) can exit with that award, or they can return the following year or interrupt and return in any subsequent year to submit a dissertation for the MA. The Masters dissertation of 15,000 words is based on a separate practitioner research project.

Career Opportunities

Youth and community workers are in demand across a wide range of agencies and settings both locally and nationally. From main stream youth work running centres, projects in the Third Sector to work in schools and with youth work partners such as Public Health. The MA Youth and Community is not only responsive to the continuing professional development needs of students in the UK but is also transferable to other Youth and Community Work settings internationally. The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) accreditation is one of the few nationally recognised professional qualifications which places successful students in an excellent position to gain employment in a variety of youth related fields. The University has well established and on-going contact with local and national agencies and a developing rapport with international providers, so the career prospects for graduates of the programme are excellent.

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