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Education MA

Course Description

Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). We offer a generic MA Education and also an MA Education with specialist routes:

MA Education (Catholic School Leadership),
MA Education (Leadership and Management),
MA Education (Learning and Teaching),
MA Education (Inclusion and SEN)
MA Education (Early Childhood Education and Care)
MA Education (Higher Education Practice),
MA Education (Research),
MA Education (Safeguarding).

Postgraduate certificates for the above routes are also available as interim or stand-alone awards, including a Post Graduate Special Education Needs Coordinators.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise.
If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.

Selection of module

This is a modular programme in which the emphasis is on selecting elective modules to best suit your professional needs and interests:
• An Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching
• Advanced Mentoring and Coaching
• Learning, Teaching and Assessment
• Learning via new Technologies
• Educational Leadership
• Change Management
• Reflective Practice
• SEN and Inclusion
• The role of the SENCo
• International Education
• Professional Enquiry Skills
• Independent Study
• Specialist Study
Please note elective modules will be offered based on viable numbers each year.
Compulsory modules:
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

The MA Education is typically taken over 2-3 years part-time (over 12-18 months full-time). To gain an MA Education you must complete 180 credits at Masters level. The programme also provides a basis for progression to doctoral study in education. To gain an MA Education, you must successfully complete 180 credits – 90 of these are from elective modules and 90 are from core/compulsory modules. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises 2 elective modules typically taken over 6-9 months part-time (over 4 months full-time).


Modules are based at Newman, with sessions taking place from 5.30-7.30 on Monday-Thursday evenings. However, if there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you.


You will experience a range of assessment formats including portfolios, presentations and written assignments. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features

You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred (free-of-charge) through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your Masters level work.

Visit the Education MA page on the Newman University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr. Lorraine Thomas

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I work in the School of Education at Newman and lead our MA Education programme. Our MA Education offers students excellent continuing professional development (CPD) and has a strong emphasis on key educational themes, such as: Learning, Teaching and Assessment; Leadership and Management, Mentoring and Coaching; Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity; and Reflective Practice. Students may study part or full-time and we offer a supportive environment conducive to learning with high academic standards to ensure students reach their full potential. Our part-time route allows professionals in all areas of education to undertake research within their context and their chosen focus areas. My research interests and publications focus on masters level study, CPD, reflective practice and learning and teaching. My PhD was based on masters level study within the teaching profession from initial teacher education, to early professional development and CPD. I also take an active interest in school improvement and am currently working with an inner-city secondary school as part of a current research project via a pupil-led Appreciative Inquiry, in which pupils play a full role in school improvement as key stakeholders within their school community.


Entry Requirements

Good Honours degree.

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