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Education (MA) (2021 Entry)



  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-X35Q
  • Part-time (2 years): P-X35R
  • Part-time (3 years): P-X35S
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years or 2-3 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Join Warwick's flexible Education MA and take an analytical look at key debates in UK education today. Education Studies will prepare you for entering work in the education sphere. As you learn to pair foundation theories with in-depth study of education arguments and disputes.


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. This course will help you to better understand the theories, practicalities and significance of educational issues, whilst also enabling you to develop an appreciation for the role that research plays in illuminating these.

We aim to help you to identify and meet your professional and personal development needs through a flexible bank of modules and informed advice in choosing your dissertation topic. You will have the opportunity to debate with your peers on a host of important education issues.


Core Modules

  • Education and Society
  • Foundation Research Methods in Education
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

This programme has a number of optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the programme. Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date.


Depending on which term modules run, you'll attend one or two 3-hour seminars each week during the Autumn and Spring Terms plus research methods training lectures and seminars throughout all three terms. If you are a part-time student the number of modules you take each term will depend on the length of your course. You will have two optional modules to select in total. Depending on the modules you select, sessions consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies and self-study. Some modules are available online. Seminar group numbers vary depending on the modules that are selected. Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but include mixture of assignments and oral presentations. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff.

Skills from this degree

  • Develop and evidence a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current issues within an educational context
  • Comprehensive understanding of research strategies and techniques appropriate for use in educational research
  • Independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development
  • Deepen insights into the dynamic interaction that exists between education research, theory, policy and practice
  • Engage critically with current research related to the field of education

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage. Departmental Funding may also be available, check the scholarships that are available at here.

Additional Course Costs

You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Academy 360; Ark Schools; British Council; Department of Education; E-Act; Oxfordshire County Council; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Academy of Engineering. They have pursued roles such as: actors, entertainers and presenters; business, research and administrative professionals; chief executives and senior officials; education advisers and school inspectors; further education teaching professionals and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Education
  • Careers with Children and Young People
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with a member of Education Studies staff and explore our campus through a personalised tour. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page. If you are not in the UK then you are welcome to arrange a phone conversation with the course leader for the programme you are applying for. For this, and to ask any questions you have about your application or studying Education at Warwick, please email educationstudies@warwick.ac.uk