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MA Education

Course aims and benefits

This course is perfect if you are seeking to understand education within its broader contexts. We encourage you to link theoretical and practical understanding of issues in education, while developing knowledge, skills and understanding of the questions involved in conceptualising and designing educational research. You will receive a grounding in research methods and a core module which explores current debates and issues in education, with domestically and internationally. This course will help you to better understand the theories, practicalities and significance of educational issues, highlighting critical questions about education from political, sociological and historical perspectives ,whilst also enabling you to develop an appreciation for the role that research plays in illuminating these.
You will have the opportunity to debate with your peers on a host of important education issues, such as:
  • What is a successful school and how would you recognise one?
  • Why is it that for most pupils school is a rich and rewarding experience, yet pupils from poor backgrounds achieve less well than their counterparts at every ability level in the English education system?
  • Could – and should – the National Curriculum for education be replaced by an individual curriculum for every child?
  • Should the information from international education league tables inform education systems or drive them?

Course structure

You will complete a core module in Foundation Research Methods (30 CATS) that will provide research training for the course, plus a core module in Education and Society (30CATS). You may then select two optional modules (30 CATS each) from the modules offered across the taught MA programmes within Education Studies to suit your needs and interests. You will then complete a 20,000 word dissertation under the supervision of a member of our well-published academic staff (60 CATS).
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 postgradute programme in Education Studies next year you will be sent a full module choice handbook ahead of the academic year which will outline which moudles are available to you on your programme

Core modules

Optional modules

You will then take two modules from within Education Studies. These optional modules are subject to change.

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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).

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 Key Facts

Course Leader:

Dr Jacqueline Dynes

Course duration
- 1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part time

Study programme
- 2 core modules
- 2 optional modules
- Dissertation

4 assignments of 5,000 words each (or equivalent)
- Dissertation of 20,000 words

Entry requirements