MA Applied Professional Studies in Education (part-time)

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Join education professionals from all over the world for a postgraduate course that will advance your career.

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone.

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2013 puts our PGDE in the UK top ten for quality and employment prospects. We also run a range of MAs that will help you develop your career.

Our school is home to leading academics like Professor Cathy Nutbrown, who was commissioned by the government to lead an independent review looking at ways to strengthen teaching qualifications, and Professor Dan Goodley, whose work on disability in education has been described as ground-breaking.

About the course

This is a distance learning course for qualified teachers, heads of department and managers. It builds on your PGCE or PGDE so you can progress in your career.

Through structured reflection on your work, you'll become an even more effective teacher of your specialist subject.

Identifying your own development needs is part of the course. You will also learn how to conduct classroom-based inquiry and other forms of research to support your practice.

The course is flexible, so you can focus on the topics most relevant to your job.

You'll study mostly at home. But there is some face-to-face teaching and activities such as conferences and workshops.

You'll submit a 6,000-word assignment for each module and a 15,000–20,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development Parts 1 and 2
  • Classroom-Based Inquiry
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Dissertation (Educational Studies)


While study for this course is mostly at home, there is also some face-to-face teaching and other activities including:

  • Conferences
  • National and local workshops


  • 6,000-word assignment for each module
  • 15,000–20,000-word dissertation

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Hazel Bryce, postgraduate student in the School of Education

Key facts

Course duration

2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need an honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status. We consider all applications on the basis of relevant qualifications and experience.

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Contact the department for the latest fee information for this course.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Specialist resources

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they're published. The University's library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Your career

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, colleges and universities.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 8167