MA Education

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

We designed this course for education professionals. It will bring you up to date with all the latest theory and research relating to learning, teaching and assessment, and educational policy.

You may not have professional teaching experience, but you can go on placement in an educational setting as part of this course.

There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You'll get regular meetings with your personal tutor who will support and encourage your learning and understanding.

There are no written formal exams. You're assessed on coursework and a 15-20,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

  • Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research
  • The Practice of Research
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Reflections on Practice in Learning and Teaching, Globalisation and Education
  • Globalising Curriculum, Assessment and
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology and Learning Communities
  • Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Research
  • Understanding Communities
  • Understanding Social Exclusion
  • Early Childhood 1: development, learning and
  • Early Childhood 2: contemporary issues in early childhood education


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Discussion
  • Active inquiry
  • Investigations

You'll meet regularly with your personal tutor who'll support and encourage your learning and understanding.


  • Coursework
  • A 15-20,000-word dissertation

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Postgraduate students in the School of Education

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related field.

You'll need to include a personal statement with your application.

What to include on your personal statement

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Graduates work in education all over the world. The course is suitable for teachers, policy makers, curriculum designers and researchers.

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. There's a wireless network in the department.

About us

You'll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan's work on disability in education has been described as ground-breaking.

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 8115