MA Language and 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, MA in Education: Language and Education

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Full-time course

The MA Language and Education is designed for all those interested in languages and education and the role of languages in society.

This covers a very broad field and will appeal to all those working in language teaching and learning, both internationally and nationally, whether teaching English as a Foreign Language/Second Language, or teaching second or foreign languages. It will also appeal to those fascinated by the world of linguistics and sociolinguistics.

School of Education postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research
  • Language Acquisition, Learning and Pedagogy
  • Language, Society and Education
  • Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Research
  • The Practice of Research
  • Dissertation

Structure, teaching and assessment

All MA courses follow a similar pattern with 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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School of Education

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

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