Skip to main content Skip to navigation

MA in Professional Education

Study with us

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.

What career does this course lead to?

Whether you're currently in practice or have work within a related sector, our MA can help with your Continued Professional Development.

What is this course?What does the MA in Professional Education offer you?

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
How long does it take to train?How long does the programme last?

Currently we run an 18 month fast-track programme.

If you have completed your PGCE with us within the last five years (currently 2013-2018), 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.

How much does the course cost?How much does it cost?

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
What will I learn?What will I learn on the course?

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 summer 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

How will I be taught?How will I be taught?

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.

What are the requirements to take this course?What are the entry requirements?

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.

Apply nowApply online

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.

Wondering if this is the course for you?

FAQs | Ask a question or contact us

You can also contact the Programme Leader Carol Wild through