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MA Education

Course Description


The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment.

Highly flexible, it caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs, and study requirements. It is suitable for teachers, those in leadership or policy-making roles, and other practitioners working in education or related settings.

You may choose an individually constructed programme, or follow a specialist route which may be reflected in your degree title. You may study full-time or part-time, and choose to study on campus or via blended or distance learning. You may also study single modules through our Professional Development in Education programme (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/graduatestudies/masters/professionaldevelopmentineducation/ ) .

Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by academics with considerable experience as practitioners, and whose research sets the agenda, influences policy and leads to innovation in the classroom.

Programme structure

The modules you take will depend on whether you are undertaking an individually constructed programme or wish to graduate with a named specialism within your degree title.

Learning and teaching

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning:

As a Masters level student you will become part of the research-intensive Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines. Depending on the modules you choose, the following options are available:
- Campus-based (entirely at our St Luke’s Campus)
- Distance learning (online only)
- Blended learning (mixture of campus-based, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. Visit the web pages for each specialism to find out more.

Specialist pathways include:

- Individually constructed programme
- Creative Arts in Education
- Language and Literacy
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
- Special Educational Needs
- Technology, Creativity and Thinking

Individually constructed programme

The main reason our students undertake postgraduate study is because they want to become better teachers and practitioners so they can help their students realise their potential. This programme gives you the flexibility to improve various aspects of your professional practice and to choose a course of study most suitable to your role, employer’s priorities, career-stage or interests (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/individual/ ).

Creative Arts in Education

The creative arts provide opportunities for developing creative and aesthetic understanding, finding a personal and communal voice within different cultural contexts, and are linked to improvements in academic achievement.
This specialism will help you encourage creativity via the arts, understand the variety of roles the arts in education might take, and consider how arts teaching can benefit other areas of the curriculum and promote inclusion. Unique in integrating approaches to drama, music, dance and visual art, this MA includes visits to schools and venues such as galleries, as well as interactions with key cultural organisations. You may also specialise in a particular art form. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/creativearts/ )

Language and Literacy

The ability to read and write well is fundamental to a learner’s prospects and ultimate career ambitions. This specialism will help you better understand the requirements of your students and to develop strategies to improve their language and literacy skills and assessment outcomes. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/languageliteracy/ )

Mathematics Education

Many learners struggle with mathematics, and yet numerical ability is essential both in the workplace and every day life. This specialism will give you the tools to improve your own professional practice and adopt the latest innovations to help your students excel. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/mathematics/ )

Science Education

Students with good scientific knowledge and related skills such as problem-solving, are not only equipped to better understand the world around them but also to excel in the jobs market. So why is it so difficult to get some students engaged? This specialism will help you develop strategies to get learners excited by science, and to improve your teaching techniques to get better results in the classroom. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/science/ )

Special Educational Needs

This MA will enable you to explore concepts, approaches and issues relevant to the teaching and learning of students with special educational needs and disabilities. It is suitable for educators working with learners of all ages in specialist or mainstream education. One module includes practical school visits and a two-week experiential placement. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/sen/ )

Technology, Creativity and Thinking

Digital technology offers teachers new opportunities to help students learn and work together more effectively. Investigate how the teaching and learning needs to adapt to meet the needs of future learners. Explore new digital technologies and current approaches to teach creativity and thinking skills. This programme can be studied on campus or via distance learning. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/tct/ )


The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions. This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas.

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

Student Profiles

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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Course Fees

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