About This Course
In this rapidly changing world, a postgraduate course can serve different needs and give you that extra edge that today’s employers are looking for, or secure that much-needed promotion. Whatever your academic or professional goals, the School of Education and Human Development’s long tradition of academic excellence will help you get there.
Our full-time Education Studies MA is a 12-month taught programme that caters for the needs of those who wish to gain an MA degree through intensive full-time study. Students have a choice of modules that total 180 credits. The course has been designed to appeal to both home and international students.
- Research methods
A number of optional modules are also available.
It is possible for suitable MA students to move up to the Doctorate in Education Studies (EdD) programme after completing the four taught modules (120 credits) of the MA in Education Studies and demonstrating a high level of study at merit or above. Such students would not have to do an MA dissertation and would also need to complete an additional module and a ’Thesis Proposal’.
Transfer of credit into the EdD is evaluated case by case, by the EdD Course Director, as the EdD is a research degree.
After completing all modules, candidates for the EdD programme may be able to apply for studentships (please see the EdD programme for more information).
Applications are received all year round, but international applicants are strongly recommended to apply early. The deadline for the September start is 31st July.
Applications received after that date will be considered for start in the next academic year.
The deadline for applications by home students is 31st August each year.
What will you study on this course?
All students take the following compulsory core modules:
- Research methods (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Students choose an additional 90 credits from the following optional modules:
- Curriculum Development (30 credits)
- Educational Leadership and Management (30 credits)
- Assessment in Education ( 30 credits)
- There will also be choices from modules running on the Part Time MA Education Studies course e.g. Behaviour Management and on MA Childhood and Youth Studies e.g. Sociology of Childhood and Youth. These choices may change from year to year.
For international students wishing to study English language at post-graduate level:
- Academic Writing & Grammar (10 credits)
- Advanced Vocabulary Use & Reading (10 credits)
- Speaking & Listening (10 credits)
The course is taught through the medium of English and students are welcome to submit assignments in English or Welsh.
The course will include some on-line teaching and time for independent study.
Some teaching may take place at the weekend and late afternoon.
Students must ensure they bring all documentation for a criminal record check to the School of Education and Human Development at the start of the course.
Students cannot visit schools as part of their modules without the required criminal record check.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Education Studies (Full-Time) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
A 2(ii) honours degree is required and relevant work experience as a teacher/lecturer or teaching assistant is preferred.
From 2021, applicants are required to have a minimum of two weeks experience in a school or educational setting. This could be as a volunteer, intern or student.
Applicants should include details of this in the C.V. they include with their application.
Applicants who are not native-English speakers should have: IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0.
Students with lower scores may undertake a pre-sessional English course at ELCOS the University’s English Language Centre.
- MA Education – 6.5 (6.0)
Our graduates are in great demand. Most gain employment in schools and universities. Other career paths include working as staff trainers in various fields, or in an administrative role within government.