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Education (MA)

Course Description


The MA Education programme is designed for practising teacher, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education. The structure of the programme is flexible enough to meet the needs of those seeking to develop a more academic understanding of the field and those aspiring to develop their practice through critical reflection. The programme will help practitioners to adopt best practice, promote innovation and manage change.

The varied combinations of modules available allow teachers, educators and others to critically analyse and respond to educational and social issues within the context of theory, research and practice. The programme is designed to meet both the academic and professional needs of those teaching, coaching, managing and leading in all sectors of education. A general award is available as well as a named award that can be gained through combination of specialist modules.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.


The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a dissertation in a specialised area of your choice. Prior to a dissertation, students will complete four 30 credit modules. Modules are organised into four complementary themes.

At the Postgraduate Certificate stage, students' complete two modules from the themes 'Critical analysis of professional practice' and 'Contemporary issues and innovation in education and society'. At the Postgraduate Diploma stage, a third module is chosen from a wide range available. The fourth 30 credit module is a core compulsory research methods module.

The following illustrate a range of the modules available each year:

Critical analysis of professional practice (30 credits)

Children's rights and participation
The development of young children's thinking and learning in socio-cultural context*
Managing organisations in education **
Education and Ministry
Critical analysis in international education
Learning, teaching and assessment
Critical Disability Theory
Developing a Philosophy of Music Education
Religious Education - Context, Curriculum and Purpose
Negotiated learning contract
Contemporary issues and innovation in education and society (30 credits)

Ideas of childhood: social, cultural and political perspectives
Critical reflection for participation in the early years*
Leading change in education**
Christian education leadership
Education and change in a globalised world
Curriculum theory and development
Disability Studies
Special Educational Needs: Segregation, Integration and Inclusion
Innovation within the Music Curriculum
Controversial Issues in Religious Education
Negotiated learning contract
Exploring specialist interests (30 credits)

At the Postgraduate Diploma stage, students may select again from the themes 'Critical analysis of professional practice' and 'Contemporary issues and innovation in education and society'.

Research methods (30 credits)

The fourth 30 credit module is a core compulsory research methods module 'Research methods in Education and Social Science'. This module is intended to provide a thorough preparation for the research undertaken at Dissertation stage.

Dissertation (60 credits)

At the dissertation stage, students complete a 60 credit, 18,000 - 20,000 word research study. Students can choose to focus their dissertation on a specialist area or theme of their choice. Dissertation supervisors are allocated according to their expertise and research interests so as to offer the best possible support and guidance.

* Fieldwork

Students should note that these modules require access to educational contexts in order to gain professional experience or enquiry and research visits that lead to the completion of assignments. These modules require students to demonstrate adequate experience within the childrens' workforce. It is expected that applicants can demonstrate engaging in CPD.

** Prior Experience

Students should note that these modules are tailored to those working in educational contexts and access to these settings will be required to inform the completion of coursework assignments. Students applying to these modules will be required to draw on past and present organisational experience. Normally this requires a minimum of two years of employment, working at a responsible/supervisory level, in an organisation.

Visit the Education (MA) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent.Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.In addition, overseas students will normally be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualification that meets the UK Border Agency requirements.

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