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.

The School of Education has provided so much support in addition to the excellent course and allowed me to develop a clear idea of my future career path.

Yan Wu, Postgraduate student in Department of Education

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

Postgraduate students in the School of Education

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

Course duration

2-3 years part-time

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This is a dissertation-only, distance learning course for those who hold a PGDE with 120 valid credits.

The programme facilitates you to build on your PGDE learning, helping you to gain all skills necessary to conduct a masters-level dissertation study in your own professional context.

Postgraduate students in the School of Education

Core modules

  • Dissertation (Educational Studies)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place via a number of Saturday study schools, spread throughout the year, as well as individual tutor support. The dissertation is split into a 4,000 word proposal, followed by a 12,000-16,000 word dissertation.

Course duration

1-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

For this dissertation-only programme, you will need Qualified Teacher Status and a PGDE with 120 valid credits, or the equivalent.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.