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Education (and pathways) (MA/PgD/PgC)

Course Description

Course Overview

The overall aim of this programme is to produce educators capable of operating at the highest levels within the educational arena, with the ability to integrate theory with practice and apply intellectual and academic rigour, informed by current educational research, to their professional context.

- Education - MA/PgD/PgC
- Education (Leadership and Management) - MA
- Education (Managing Community Practice) – MA
- Education (Educational Research and Practice) - MA

These awards have been developed after extensive consultation with employers, teachers, education professionals and students. The programme team aims to play a key role in supporting the continuing professional development of teachers, youth and community workers and education professionals.

The key benefits of studying this programme include:
- We take into conside​ration the 60 Master's level credits accrued by PGCE students, thus allowing them to fast track through the programme.

- Full and part-time home and international students from the various pathways study together, allowing for exchange of ideas across professions and nationalities.

- The period of candidature (up to 5 years part-time and 2 years full-time) allows students greater flexibility with their study schedule.

- Two of the modules are now delivered in blended format, allowing for a clicks and mortar approach to learning.

- In addition to a dedicated supervisor, dissertation students also have 4 advanced research sessions during their dissertation year. ​

​Course Content​​

Programme Structure:

- Taught Component:
Contains 4 taught modules, each carrying 30 credits at Level 7. Each module is assessed by coursework assignments equivalent to 6000 words. Each pathway has certain compulsory modules, and there might also be a range of optional modules available, subject to viable numbers.

- Dissertation Component:
You will complete a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Intermediate Awards:
- A Certificate of Attendance is awarded after satisfactory attendance at one Master's level module (no written assessment required)

- Postgraduate Certificate in Education awarded after completion of two Master's level modules (60 credits)

- Postgraduate Diploma in Education awarded after completion of four Master's level modules (120 credits)

- MA is awarded on completion of all necessary taught modules plus a dissertation (12,000 words).

Learning & Teaching​

​The programme will be delivered through a variety of models of delivery with a focus on active learning and group interaction and participation. Typical models of delivery include:
- Lectures
- Seminar groups
- Small group discussions
- Individual and small group activities
- Directed reading
- Peer mentoring and networking
- Web-based research
- Reflective wiki areas
- Online asynchronous discussions

Students will be given opportunities to share their thoughts and work in progress with others and receive constructive feedback from tutors and fellow students. Students will also be encouraged to form learning sets of those interested in similar areas of research in an initial step towards the formation of communities of practice.

As students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, you will each have a named personal tutor who should usually be an academic member of staff from your programme of study.

You will have scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the academic year – at least once per term for full-time students – to address matters including academic progress, career/professional issues, and any personal issues which may be affecting your progress.


Assessment is by coursework assignments equivalent to 6,000 words per thirty credit module throughout the taught element of the programme. The assessments take a variety of forms including written reports of research, posters, discussion postings, reflective wikis, seminar presentations and journal style articles.

Students will be given opportunities in each module to ask questions about their assessments in order to clarify what is required of them. ​

Employability & Careers​

Graduates from the programme have gone on to promotion in the education sector, including school and community management and leadership, curriculum leadership, positions within advisory services, lecturing and research posts in higher education, and work with government education departments across the world.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Education (and pathways) (MA/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2015. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarshipsOr visit the website to download the application form and return by:Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 029 20 416286You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a relevant initial degree at 2:2 classification or above. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above. It is also possible to enrol on the course if you are a non-graduate and have a minimum of two years’ relevant experience. Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £4,050; International Students: £12,000

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