MA Education

Our Education MA is a flexible 2 year, part time course taught through a blended approach of online and face-to-face learning. All of the face-to-face taught sessions are delivered over designated weekends. This offers you the opportunity to study alongside work and other commitments. There is also a fast-track route for those who have a recent PGCE or an older PGCE and national leadership qualification. This means you can gain an MA after 16 months of part time study.

You will explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education, examining these links at a local, national and global level. You will gain experience in carrying out independent research and develop transferable skills, including:

  • The confidence to question established practice
  • Communicating to a range of audiences
  • Learning how to give critical responses in a professional environment.

We will encourage you to apply what you are learning on the course to your job. This means you will have the opportunity to positively influence your work as a direct result of the course. You will be able to carry out your dissertation or professional project in your workplace. However, the course is also designed to work for those of you who are not currently in a relevant professional setting.

You will work alongside our team of academics who have expertise in social justice and education. Our research specialties include:

  • Critical pedagogies
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Autism
  • Governance and leadership
  • Education policy
  • Early childhood
  • Research methodologies
  • Social justice and education

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are: 

  • A 2:1 degree in Education or another related subject

If you do not meet this, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

Fast-track route

If you have either of the following you will be eligible to apply for the fast-track route:

  • A recent PGCE, gained within the last 5 years
  • An older PGCE and a recent national leadership qualification (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQHT) gained within the last 5 years

International students 

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


You may be asked to attend an interview for this course. Once you have applied, you will receive further information about your interview from our Admissions team.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Leaning (APEL) 

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Career Prospects

This degree will give you the skills and insight to pursue a career in a number of fields within the Education sector. You will develop skills such as time and project management, how to analyse date and present your work, and responding to feedback.

This will give you an advantage in careers such as:

  • School and college teachers
  • Early Years Professionals
  • Community Educators
  • Museum educators
  • Learning Mentors
  • Education Managers

Course Details

For postgraduate study our academic year is split into 3 semesters.

This is a part time course. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

There are 2 options for the duration of the course, dependent on your qualifications.

  • The standard route will take 2 years
  • There is a fast-track route which will take 16 months. You are eligible for this if you have a recent PGCE or national leadership qualification.

On the two-year route you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module each semester in year 1 (3 in total)
  • 1 optional module in semester 1 of year 2
  • A dissertation or professional project in semesters 2 and 3 in year 2.

On the fast-track route you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module in semesters 1 and 2 of year 1
  • A dissertation or professional project running from semester 3 in year 1 to semester 1 in year 2

Critical Approaches to Education
Methods of Enquiry
Contemporary issues: global, national local
Evaluating Educational Leadership
Evaluating Inclusion
Dissertation or Professional Project

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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