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’s long tradition of academic excellence will help you get there.
Our full-time Education Studies MA is a 15 month taught programme that caters for the needs of those who wish to gain an MA degree through intensive full-time study. The course has been designed to appeal to both home and international students.
- Curriculum Development (30 credits)
- Educational Leadership and Management (30 credits)
- Research methods (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
- Placement module (students will have a period of placement in local schools) (20 credits)
- Assessment in Education ( 30 credits). There may also be choices from modules running on the Part Time MA Education Studies course e.g. Digital Competency – Teaching and Learning (an on-line module) and Behaviour Management
Or, (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)
Some teaching may take place at the weekend and late afternoon.
You will be able to undertake your placement at either a nursery, primary, secondary or special education school or at a college of Further Education where you will observe classroom teaching, management, curricula and assessment strategies used by teachers and have first-hand experience of the UK education system. Placements will also allow you to reflect on your studies and observe how the theory is put into practice, which will help your further development and professional competence.
All students must complete the placement module successfully to pass the course.
*Students must ensure they bring all documentation for a criminal record check to the School of Education at the start of the course. Students cannot be placed at school without the required criminal record check.
It is possible for suitable MA students to move up to the Doctorate in Education Studies (EdD) programme after completing the five taught modules (140 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 a sixth module, ’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 the six 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 2015 start is 31st July 2015. Applications received after that date will be considered for start in the 2016-2017 academic year.
The deadline for applications by home-EU students is 31st August each year.
What will you study on this course?
- Research methods
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.
International Year Zero: HSD GPA 2.0 OR SAT 1500+
International Year 1: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 500+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Undergraduate Courses: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 550+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Postgraduate Courses: Bachelor Degree GPA of 3.0. GRE not required
PhD/Research Course: Masters Degree
Note: Some courses may require higher entry requirements. Refer Individual Course page for details.
Applicants from USA need NOT provide additional evidence of English Language ability, if previous education was with English medium of instruction. Otherwise, an IELTS overall 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent is normally required (some courses may require a higher score).
A 2(ii) honours degree is required and relevant work experience as a teacher/lecturer or teaching assistant is preferred.
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)
Applicants may be required to be interviewed in person.