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.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

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 2018 start

Course description

Full-time course

During this one-year, full-time course you will explore theory and research relating to learning, teaching and assessment and educational policy. You may not have professional experience in teaching, but there is a school placement module in an educational setting as an optional part of this course (limited numbers).

School of Education postgraduate student

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Reflections on Practice in Learning and Teaching
  • Globalisation and Education
  • Globalising Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology and Learning Communities
  • Early Childhood 1: Development, Learning and Curriculum
  • Early Childhood 2: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Language Acquisition, Learning and Pedagogy
  • Language, Society and Education

Structure, teaching and assessment

Two core modules and two subject-specific modules.

Teaching and learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion, active inquiry and investigations. Regular meetings with a personal tutor support and encourage your learning and understanding.

A weekly tutorial and a Study of Education course accompanies the taught modules.

There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a 15–20,000-word dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related field is required.

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

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

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Any questions?

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

E: education@sheffield.ac.uk
T: (+44) (0)114 222 8177

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