Education MA

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,115 per year of study
Course start January, September
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This course is distinctive because it provides a focused and critical examination of education practice, policy and research, through a variety of specialist modules that are extremely relevant to education and early childhood sectors.

Course outline

The MA in Education will allow you to develop and enhance your own professional practice in education. It focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All of the modules are designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of work-place settings. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting. It provides a programme that will inspire you and develop your passion for working in education, whilst extending and enhancing your own educational development. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to enhance their continuing professional development portfolios through engagement with single modules.

We value the knowledge that you have already gained through your prior experience and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences from practice in class sessions.

Progression through the course:

Stage 1

You will usually complete two 30 credit modules at level 7 during the first stage of study. This stage is usually completed during one academic year.

Stage 2

You will usually complete two further 30 credit modules at level 7 during the second stage of study. This stage is usually completed during one academic year.

Dissertation stage

You will complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits. Part 1 comprises a rationale, literature review and methodology chapter (7,000 words). Part 2 reflects on part 1, reports research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to practice (8,500 words).


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits in your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,115.00 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.


Course content

You will study the following five modules, usually 2 in Semester 1, 2 in Semester 2 and 1 in Semester 3.

  • Learning and Assessment
  • Education, Culture and Society
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Independent Study project (this takes place on 3 Saturdays in Semester 3)

Once you have accumulated 120 credits then you can proceed to the dissertation stage.

Entry requirements

  1. An Honours Degree (classification 2:2 or above).

  2. GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent.

  3. Evidence of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. (The university can process this application. However, participants will be required to pay the standard fee.)

If your first language is not English, you need to evidence at least one of the following:

  • a minimum score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
  • a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English)
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

Student success

In six words: professional, structured, relevant, supportive, informative and friendly. I found the MA in Education course at Staffordshire University to be an extraordinary experience and, by far, the best of my professional career. The course was well structured, relevant and taught incredibly well by tutors who would go out of their way to help and support you. The modules were informative and wide ranging. This helped me gain a greater insight to teaching and learning which enhanced my role at school. The course provided a great opportunity to interact closely with the very friendly Staffordshire University tutors and fellow postgraduate students to create a professional network which I am sure will last for some time. Without doubt, this course stands head and shoulders above any other course I have attended. I recommend without reservation this course and this institution to anybody considering studying a postgraduate teaching course. This really has given me the impetus to help drive change at my school with increased confidence.

Zakir Khan, Teacher of ICT at Sandwell Academy

Teaching and learning

The majority of the modules require you to attend a series of tutor-led seminars and workshops. These include a variety of teaching and learning methods, including presentations by experienced academics and practitioners, large and small group discussions, case studies and task-centred investigations. The sessions have been specifically designed so as to synthesise the theoretical underpinning and/or current educational research within an educational context, in order to encourage engagement in critical reflective practice. Such reflective practice is seen as a means of developing your learning of educational practice. In this way the sessions are designed to build on your knowledge and understanding of educational practices in order to maximise personal development and shared learning among diverse subject areas and/or educational domains. Typically an active learning approach is adopted throughout all modules.

The content and structure of the modules have been developed to ensure that you are:

  • engaging with relevant theories and current evidence-based educational research through workshops, seminars, independent study and self-assessments

  • undertaking a selection of task focused activities with other course participants

  • working with participants from other education sectors and/or subject areas

  • being supported in the development of your own professional practice by gaining feedback from others

  • initiating meaningful self-study to address identified development needs as autonomous learners

  • engaging in reflective practice as a means of either consolidating or improving your standard of performance

As with all taught Masters courses, there is a significant amount of work and study to undertake outside the class sessions. This mainly takes the form of critical engagement with the work of relevant educational organisations and policymakers, academic journals, research reports and recommended texts to both consolidate the learning in the sessions and prepare you for the module assessments.


All modules are assessed through a variety of formats. These include:

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • annotated bibliographies
  • contributions to online discussion forums
  • dissertation.

Although group-work is strongly supported as a learning strategy in the majority of modules throughout the course, all modules are assessed summatively by means of individual assessments.

For those working in early years settings, optional modules can be taken which have an early years focus.

Employment opportunities

We would strongly encourage you to seek a placement in an educational setting within your own locality. This could be linked to a potential employment opportunity in a sector that you wish to gain new experiences in. However, it can be purely voluntary.

The strong focus on professional practice and the development of research skills through engagement with the course will strengthen your professional development, raise your research profile and facilitate career enhancement. You will be able to draw upon this experience to support your personal, professional and academic development.

Tutors will support you to find suitable placement opportunities.

Please note that the course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

Graduate destinations

Once you have your Masters degree, you will have the opportunity to progress to our PhD and EdD courses, Doctoral level programmes aimed at helping you develop your capabilities even further.

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