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MA in Professional Education

Develop your professional skills further with Warwick

This MA course allows you to specialise in a topic within education, and become an expert in a particular area of your choice. Whether you're currently in practice or have work within a related sector, our MA can help with your Continued Professional Development.

If you want to specialise in an area of education and improve your effectiveness in the classroom, this course is for you.

We welcome full-time practitioners, but you don't have to currently be in practice. Maybe you've moved away from teaching to work in other sectors like social care? Perhaps you've had a career break with young children?

If you've graduated within the last five years from a PGCE at Warwick then you can take the fast-track version of this course as you'll already have 90 CATs from your recent study.

Whatever your goals, we'll equip you for your future career by giving you time to study appropriate research methods. You'll specialise in an area of education of your own choosing and learn how to use research to good effect. Our Foundation Research Methods module will train you in research methods in education, including data collection and analysis.

Your continuing professional development is deeply important to us. This continued professional development course can help prepare you for middle and/or senior leadership positions (depending on your prior experience) or embrace further study with a PhD or EdD. The course can also be taken entirely online.

We’re a top-ranked university in the Midlands, with Ofsted Outstanding teacher education courses.

Supervised by highly qualified and experienced teachers who have taught in the Primary or Secondary sector, you will:

  • Develop an area of subject expertise in education
  • Understand your subject's nature, significance, and impact on teaching
  • Interrogate and question educational theory
  • Use the latest research to improve your classroom effectiveness
  • Demonstrate research and evidence-informed teaching
  • Tailor your teaching to learning needs through your research
  • Improve your professional confidence, critical thinking, writing, and collaboration skills

Currently we run an 18 month fast-track programme.

If you have completed your PGCE with us within the last five years (currently 2015-2019), you can upgrade your qualification and complete your master’s within around 18 months. You have up to five years to use your Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) but we recommend that you start it within a year or two of your PGCE, as this course is designed to sit alongside a full-time teaching role. If you take the fast-track programme, you'll take the Foundation Research Methods module online, then you'll spend 12 months writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

We run three Saturdays on campus (one per term) in the dissertation stage. We would strongly recommend attending these sessions where possible.

There are two modules which you'll need to pay for separately:

  • MA Professional Education Professional Research Methods module (30 CATS):
    Home/EU students, £1,430 March 2019 and £1500 January 2020
  • MA Professional Education Dissertation Module (60 CATS):
    Home/EU students, £2,860 Sept 2018, £3000 Sept 2019 and £tbc Sept 2020

If you're on the fast-track programme, you'll take two core modules on this course: Foundation Research Methods in Education (30 CATS) in the spring term; and then you'll start your Dissertation (worth 60 CATS).

“Initially I found it difficult to decide which topic to focus on, but my supervisor helped me choose an area which I am personally interested in, whilst considering whether it would be conducive to carrying out research. I like the fact that my research is advantageous to my classroom teaching, and I can continue to learn whilst working. The staff are very supportive and we can contact both our supervisor and the course leader. The termly University sessions provide us with the opportunity to see other students as well as talking face-to-face with staff, which helps you to remember that there are other people in the same boat as you!”

Emily - MA in Professional Education alumni

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers. Our staff are leaders in education.

You could complete this course online or with a mix of online and face-to-face sessions.

You'll be supervised by qualified Teacher Educators who are members of groups including The APPG for the Teaching Profession, CCoT, BELMAS, IPDA, BERA, #WomenEd, ResearchEd, CollaborativeEd, and more. The expertise of these organisations and the opportunity to attend conferences on campus and away from the University will help you develop your skills.

If you've gained a PGCE from Warwick within the last five years, you can take the 18-month route of this course.

You must also hold a UK Bachelors degree with Honours at 2:2 or above, or equivalent level. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum score of seven under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.

Key facts:
  • Programme name: MA in Professional Education
  • Course duration: one semester, then 12 months (around 17 months in total)
  • Cost: 
    Foundation Research Methods (Online) module (30 CATS): 
    (This module has to be taken first)
    Home/EU/Overseas students, £1430 for 2018-19 (March 2019 start)
    Home/EU/Overseas students, £1500 for 2019-20 (January 2020 start)
    Home/EU/Overseas students, £TBC for 2020-21 (January 2021 start)

    MA Professional Education Dissertation Module (60 CATS): 
    (This module has to be taken after successful completion of the above module)
    Home/EU/Overseas students £2860 for 2018-19 (September 2018 start)
    Home/EU/Overseas students £3000 for 2019-20 (September 2019 start)
    Home/EU/Overseas students, £TBC for 2020-21 (September 2020 start)

How long does the Masters take?
January - August the following year. Around 20 months: future cohorts begin with the Foundation Research Methods Module, starting in January and finishing in April. Then the thesis starts September and has to be handed in by the end of the following August.

How much does the MA cost?
There are two modules which you'll need to pay for separately:

  • Foundation Research Methods (Online) module (30 CATS): 
    Home/EU students, £1430 for 2018-19 March 2019 start
    Home/EU students, £1500 for 2019-20 January 2020 start
    Home/EU students, £TBC for 2020-21 January 2021 start

    MA Professional Education Dissertation Module (60 CATS): September start
    Home/EU students £2860 for 2018-19 (September 2018 start)
    Home/EU students £3000 for 2019-20 (September 2019 start)
    Home/EU students, £TBC for 2020-21 (September 2020 start)

Please note: The Dissertation module will fall into the next academic year after your Foundation Research Methods module.

How does the first module work?
The only ‘taught’ module is Foundation Research Methods, this is taught entirely Online, through our sister Centre, The Centre for Education Studies (CES). You are allocated to a tutor, who you can e-mail for tutorials for assignments. These are two 2,500 word assignments.

Do I have to attend the University?
It is possible to complete the Foundation Research Methods module and the Dissertation module entirely online. Foundation Research Methods is delivered online, and you can choose to have your dissertation tutorials online, or face-to-face at the University of Warwick. We also have around 4 optional dissertation discussion sessions at the University throughout the year.

What is my PGCE worth?
Your University of Warwick PGCE is worth 90 CATS, so half a Masters, but you have to start your Masters within the five-year deadline of finishing your PGCE.

Who is this Masters suitable for?
Everyone who has a PGCE awarded from Warwick, in the last five years.

What can I do for my dissertation?
Anything related to education, we currently have students researching many subjects.

What topics have other students done?
A wide range, from Assessment, Behaviour, Curriculum through to analysing the role of VLEs.

Do I still have to be in teaching?
No, we have students on the Masters programme who have moved away from compulsory phase teaching, and are in social work and Higher Education, and those who are taking career breaks with small children etc, so you can focus on any area that is related to education.

Who will supervise me?
Any of the Teacher Educators who have masters or doctorates from inside the Centre for Teacher Education. Many of our staff are currently undertaking doctoral study, and this is a really good time to supervise Masters students.

What are the advantages of doing a masters with CTE?
You can continue to develop the relationships you build during your PGCE, you are supervised by qualified Teacher Educators and you have opportunities to keep in touch with regional and national developments. Staff have usually previously taught and understand the pressures and are active members of a range of organisations, such as:

  • The APPG for the Teaching Profession
  • CCoT
  • IPDA
  • BERA
  • #WomenEd
  • ResearchEd
  • CollaborativeEd

The dissemination of information from these organisations, and the opportunity to attend conferences (both on campus and away from the University) from your masters research, helps to develop your academic skill set.

How does this help my teaching career?
Teachers find that doing a Masters gives them a better understanding of education policy, and this keeps them in the classroom for longer. You can specialise your dissertation on any educational area of your choosing, so it can also help prepare you for future or current roles, such as SEND and Leadership etc.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?
The Programme Leader: Carol Wild

Who deals with enrolment?

If I have any problems once I am on the course, who do I contact?

What if I get promoted (or my circumstances change in any other way) during the Masters?

This is a standard MA programme so students have the right to temporarily withdraw, and defer, depending on what circumstances arise.

Who is the module leader for the Foundation Research Methods module?

Dr Dimitra Hartas: Associate Professor, Centre for Education Studies

When can I apply?

Applications for the January 2020 course will soon open to University of Warwick PGCE graduates -using the Postgraduate Application form using course code 'X3AS'. If you are a new user, you can set up an account. (Please note that there are no application fees for this course).

We will then get back to you letting you know the next steps.

Register your interest now and we'll keep in touch.

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