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Character Education MA


Course Description

Drawing on the wealth of research and experience of academics in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and internationally regarded academics attached to the Centre, this programme will enable you to develop your knowledge and expertise in the field of character education.

The aims of the programme are:

To engage teachers and others working with children and young people in a challenging course where they can access the latest research on character education and subsume it into their own practice
To enhance cross cultural knowledge, understanding and learning about the theory and practice of character education which will benefit both individuals and societies.
To enable student to student and student to teacher debate, dialogue and critical analysis of the link between character virtues and individual and societal flourishing.
The programme will provide you with a broad multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of how key theories in psychology, philosophy and education inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice. Through modules including various forms of assessment, and dedicated personal tutorial support, you will learn to critically evaluate education research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to contribute to character education and will gain fundamental skills in data analysis and critical thinking, which can be applied to your own professional contexts.

The programme includes an optional on-campus residential for students. This is highly recommended for students in the Uk and Europe and the rest of the world.

The course will be run by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues which is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost research and teaching Centres in the world specialising in the examination of how character and virtues impact on individuals and society. You will be taught by some of the best known names, both in Britain and internationally, in character education.

It is a distance learning programme which offers both flexibility and an opportunity to debate key questions about the purpose of education with fellow students around the world. It will particularly appeal to teachers and other practitioners working with children and young people.

There are 3 awards associated with the MA in Character Education

PGCert (3 modules, 60 credits over 12 months)
PGDip (6 modules, 120 credits over 24 months)
MA (6 modules and a dissertation, 180 credits over 3 years)

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a first degree at 2.1 level or equivalent and should have some relevant and related experience in the field of education. Account will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and experience.

Course Fees

Home/ EU £2,340 (PT), Overseas £5,220 (PT)


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