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Education (Flexible) (MA)

Course Description

The MA Education (Flexible) is a unique modular programme of study designed to support your professional development.

While each module has its own particular focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of economic and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

The overall purpose of the Masters programmes is to deepen and refine your capacity for critical reflection on your practice as well as on the mental models which inform your work. Systematic inquiry is therefore an organising principle that underpins all modules on the programme, and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to you and your professional context.

A hallmark of the MA Education (Flexible) is its commitment to equity and diversity, and its flexibility to meet the needs of individuals and organisations. Flexibility is evident in terms of offering you:

- a range of exit points en-route to a full Masters programme
- a range of module options to create a personally and professionally meaningful qualification
- a range of modes of delivery to take account of individual needs and professional contexts

The MA Education (Flexible) has been designed to be largely part-time and online, although there is the opportunity to take one face-to-face module. Please be aware that you must have day-to-day access to a broadband (or equivalent) internet connection in order to follow the programme.

Course Content

The following 30-credit module is compulsory:

- Planning Practice-Based Inquiry

Further modules can be chosen from the following list:

- The Social Contexts of Education Technology
- The Nature and Practice of Mentoring and Coaching
- Specific Reading Difficulties/Dyslexia
- Theory and Practice of Learning with Technology
- Understanding Curriculum, Learning and Assessment
- Learning through an Additional Language (EAL/CLIL)
- Understanding Individual and Organisational Development
- Issues in Educational Leadership


Assessment varies and is broadly based on a 5,000-6,000 word essay (or portfolio equivalent).

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be 12,000 to 15,000 words (or their equivalent), focussing on a topic related to what you have learned and of particular significance for you and your professional and academic interests.

Academic Support

You will be allocated an academic tutor to supervise your study. Our staff have a wide range of international expertise and research backgrounds in Education. Your supervisor will work with you via Skype and/or email to support and manage a programme of research and writing.

Course Structure

You will be required to commit 10-15 hours per week, all year round. You will need to work collaboratively, for example by contribution to online discussions within a specified time frame. Each module and its assessment is spread over a period of almost 6 months and then the next module commences. The dissertation takes 8-12 months normally. The overall programme (for those without credit) has a normal duration of 24 months and is normally expected to be completed in 28 months maximum.

It may be possible to study a face-to-face module in block study in Kuala Lumpur or Summer School in Nottingham.

There are also Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate exit points.

Visit the Education (Flexible) (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) and a teaching qualification. At least 1 year's experience of working or volunteering full-time in an educational setting is required. A teaching qualification that includes a substantial placement-based component (e.g. PGCE) will be considered acceptable experience. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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