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Education (Music Education) (MA/PGDip)

Course Description

The aim of this course is to enable those with experience of music education to deepen their understanding of the theoretical and contextual issues related to their work, and to undertake extended reflective evaluation of aspects of their practice.

Working in our purpose-built music education department, and in conjunction with our extensive partnership of school and community-based music organisations, you will be able to develop both your musical skills and your knowledge of music education.

The Music Education pathway within the MA/PG Diploma in Education enables you to benefit from a wide choice of generic modules that explore education and educational research as well as specifically musical interests.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/mapg-diploma-education-music-education.aspx

Modules include:

- Music in Education
- Conceptual Issues in Music Education
- Music Making: Leadership in School and Community
- Musical Development: Appraisal and Assessment

Please note that all modules are subject to change

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Education (Music Education) (MA/PGDip) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. You should also have prior experience of music or music education study at higher education level, or equivalent experience as a music teacher.

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