The course is for anyone with an interest in education, including those currently employed in different education settings or involved in educational work within an organisation or agency. The course can be studied full-time (normally 1 year) or part-time (normally 3 years). The full-time option, may be more suitable if you are taking a break from employment or following on from undergraduate study.
The flexible nature of the course enables you to apply the learning and select areas of focus for assignments to support your professional practice and academic interests.In the final year, the dissertation enables you to research in depth one particular theme of your choice.
If you have recently gained Level 7 credits from previous study (for example as part of your PGCE) you can apply to bring these into the course to count against relevant modules (subject to university approval).
You may also apply to bring credits if you have successfully completed professional development courses with NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) for example NPQH, or a middle leadership course within the last five years.
Specialist Postgraduate Certificates
The following Specialist Postgraduate Certificates are available within the MA Education. Please see the websites for further information or contact us if you would like to know more:
Postgraduate Certificate Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MAST) for primary mathematics specialists (60 credits)
Postgraduate Certificate Social and Emotional Learning – concerns social and emotional health and wellbeing in education (60 credits)
Postgraduate Certificate Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO) (National Award) – for existing and aspiring SENCOs (60 credits)
We also offer Postgraduate Certificates in different aspects of special educational needs. These can be delivered locally on request, for schools and other organisations. Please note that we do not accept individual applications for these courses, but please contact us to discuss opportunities for setting up a local group. Organisations must recruit a minimum of 15 applicants per cohort.
- Physical disabilities;
- Cognition and learning;
- Autistic spectrum disorders;
- Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties;
- Specific literacy difficulties;
- Speech, language and communication needs.
Postgraduate Certificate credits or other relevant Level 7 credits awarded within the last 5 years may be brought into the main MA Education course, subject to the University’s regulations. Contact us to discuss the opportunities available.
Specialist MA Education pathway
The MA Education (Academic Practice) is a part-time pathway that follows on from the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, for those working in higher education.