About the course

MA Education is a flexible programme for those who want to extend their knowledge and understanding of current educational practices, contemporary matters of debate in the educational world and key issues related to educational practice.

The emphasis throughout the MA programme is to develop your independent critical thinking and problem solving. Using an inquiry-based approach, the programme is designed to give you scope to examine in detail topics that are of particular interest to you.

MA Education can be studied one year full-time, or up to five years part-time. It helps teachers to develop the educational understanding, analytical skills and leadership qualities necessary to improve pupil development and achievement in schools.

This programme provides you with the opportunity to learn more about curriculum, school management and leadership, as well as information technology and research methods.

MA Education is also appropriate for international students who would like to broaden their knowledge and understanding of different aspects of educational theory and practice.

We designed this programme to aid the professional development of experienced teachers within the context and atmosphere of the latest research in education. A wide range of specialist module subjects enables you to tailor the programme to your own specific needs.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £5,200 full-time / £2,600 part-time

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for the 2016/17 academic year. They will provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £12,800 full-time

*Please note, part-time fees and fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject or appropriate professional experience is generally required.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

Study information

You study three core modules:

  • Contemporary and Critical Perspectives in Education
  • Research Methodologies in Education
  • International and Intercultural Education

And a further module of your choice from:

  • Inclusion and Special Needs
  • Digital Technologies
  • Early Childhood
  • Leadership

You complete a 60 credit dissertation which allows you to identify and examine a topic of interest to you.

You have the option of leaving the programme at the end of stage 1 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or at the end of stage 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education as long as you have earned sufficient credits.

Some modules are supported by visiting speakers and local school and education-related visits.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

Our masters students explore a range of current educational practice, looking at key issues and policy.

Graduates leave with reflective and practical skills and the knowledge they need to contribute to their chosen learning community.