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MA Education

  • Part time available
  • July, October
  • Part time study pathway typically over 3 to 5 years
  • MA

Course Description

Start: Jan,Feb,Jul,Sep,Oct

Course Summary

This MA is designed for practising professionals, or those interested in research, in teaching and learning or educational leadership – usually in schools, the lifelong learning sector and universities.

Its modular structure allows you to personalise your choice of units and progress at a pace that best suits you, with a final phase focused on educational research via a dissertation.

The MA Education engages you with key issues in education and aims to encourage your evidence-based practice, as you make direct and meaningful connections between the course and your own experiences and aspirations.

The course helps you to broaden your knowledge of educational ideas and research findings, as you identify and justify recommendations for further action. This places you in a better position to develop your work as a classroom practitioner or school leader.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Education MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study on a modular course designed for existing and aspiring education professionals, that allows you to accumulate credit at a pace that suits you, with assessments based around needs specific to your role in your educational organisation
- Explore the process of teaching, learning support and/or educational leadership, focusing on personal, academic and vocational interests relevant to your educational context
- Develop your understanding of assessment formats with a negotiated focus in support of both individual and organisational needs
- Undertake primary research that informs your current practice, as well as acquire the necessary research skills to engage in future research and progress to a PhD or EdD programme
- Progress your study in education, e.g. following your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course
- Develop your work in educational contexts
- Support developments within the organisation where you work
- Be prepared for further study at doctoral level (PhD and EdD).

Why choose this course?

This course develops your critical engagement in the field of education and enhances your knowledge, skills and understanding for work in a specialist area of education.

Career Management Skills

A Masters qualification is a recognised qualification that will enhance your chances for promotion within your own institution as well as increase your opportunities for employment in other contexts. This is particularly the case in a national context in which much professional development activity is unaccredited.

Masters qualifications are increasingly becoming a requirement for senior positions in the field of education. The Masters programme is designed to help you engage, study and critique key issues in education, as well as be able to identify and justify recommendations for further action. As a Masters graduate, therefore, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education.

Career/Further study opportunities

You are likely to continue working in your own institution or be promoted to positions of greater responsibility. You are also likely to develop your studies to a higher level and return to university to carry out a doctoral programme.

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

(Student Profile)

Alison Mayne

I passionately support the commitment shown by the University in promoting the understanding of teaching as a research-based profession. I found the new learning related to research methodology and other academic reading refreshing and interesting but the most valuable skills I have gained during my studies are probably to do with balancing the demands of professional work and professional study. The course has been designed in such a way to support you in this. My students know I am continuing in my studies and it helps them to have a respect for the value of Higher Education that goes beyond their immediate aspirations to take undergraduate courses. The Reflecting on Professional Practice and Coaching, Co-coaching and Mentoring units allowed me to explore the academic theory behind work I was already doing and that could be genuinely of use to my role and school. My experience at the University has been challenging and professionally reviving.


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be working in educational contexts. Standard entry requirements for UK students View Website from the European Union View Website students View Website

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