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Education Studies (Full-time) MA/PGDip/PGCert


Course facts

  • Name: Education Studies (Full-time)
  • Qualification: MA/PGDip/PGCert

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)

And either

  • 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.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Core Modules:

  • Research methods
  • Placement
  • Dissertation

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer. If you are making an application for one of our professional courses, which has limited place availability, you are advised to contact the academic school for advice on the final dates for applications.

Further information

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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).


For detailed information about online application click here or here if you are an international applicant.

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.

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