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MA Educational Innovation (X31L)

This course is for you if you are a teacher who is interested in developing innovative practice within a specialism. It is flexible, providing an opportunity to create a course tailored to your own professional needs and interests. You will have the opportunity to base your Master’s within one specific specialism, but this should be discussed with the Course Leader during the application process. If you have already gained CATS at Master’s level, it is possible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to be counted towards this course. This course is also great preparation if you wish to pursue a professional doctorate.

Course aims and benefits

The aim of the course is to arm you, as an educational professional, with the knowledge and skills to identify problems of practice in your educational setting and evaluate small scale research and development projects, selecting research which is applicable to your present and future roles. You will also understand how to deploy knowledge and understanding of research in a selected specialism in schools via critical, reflective and innovative means. You will have the opportunity to debate with your peers on a host of important innovation in education issues, such as:

  • 'In Education, the judgements of experts frequently appear to be unconstrained by objective research' - do you agree?
  • What would you say are the five main myths about education?
  • The great Victorian constitutionalist Walter Bagehot wrote that ‘policies must ‘grow’; they cannot be suddenly made’. In your opinion, is this true for education?
  • Research can inform us about effective ‘means’, but it can never decide for us what our ‘ends’ should be - do you agree?

Course structure

You can commence this course from a variety of starting points depending on whether CATS have been accredited previously. You can complete a final project/dissertation (60 CATS) preceded by one of the core research method modules (30 CATS) . You will choose the remaining three modules from a selection within Education Studies.

These modules are indicative of the modules run in Education Studies and will run depending on academic staff availability and student interest. If you are starting your postgraduate programme in Education Studies next year you will be sent a full module choice handbook ahead of the academic year which will outline which modules are available to you on your programme

Core modules

Foundation Research Methods (30 CATS) Also available online for part time students

Optional modules

You will take up to three optional modules. Modules are subject to availability

Course delivery and learning styles

The course will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations and case studies.

Career development

This course provides an excellent opportunity for practising teachers wishing to enhance their careers.

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All PGT students in Education Studies are required to complete 180 credits at M Level; part-time students may be considered for Accredited Prior Learning (approved at the time of application).


Key Facts

Course Leader:

Dr Jacqueline Dynes

Course Duration:
- Normally 2-5 years part time; 1 year full time applications also considered

Study Programme:
- 1 core module
- 3 optional modules
- Dissertation

- 4 assignments of 5000 words each (or equivalent)

- Dissertation of 20,000 words

Entry Requirements:
Find out more about our entry requirements