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Successfully completing our MA Education will enhance your employability skills and ability to move within the education sector. The award will strengthen your understanding of educational issues and the knowledge required for a number of professional roles.
The MA Education aims to meet the growing need for advanced academic and subject-specific training in a broad educational context. The option of specific pathways enables you to select areas of interest to support your future employment goals.
The course focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All modules have been designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of workplace environments. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Education
The length of time you'll need to complete the course part-time depends on the number of Level 7 credits you have that are eligible for Advance Standing.
If you have 60 - 90 Advance Standing credits you'll typically complete the course within two years. If you have no Advance Standing credits, it will typically take three years.
Although not compulsory, you’re encouraged to secure a placement in a relevant educational setting for approximately one day per week. This could be an early years setting, a primary or secondary school, a college or university, or another educational environment.
The placement 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. Completing a placement will enhance your professional development and help provide context to your studies. The MA Education does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.
We have a good range of contacts across the education sector. Tutors will support you in finding suitable placement opportunities.
This course has been designed to enable you to qualify with a Master’s degree in just one year. During the first and second semesters you’ll complete four 30-credit modules (two per semester: one compulsory and one optional). In the final semester, you’ll complete a 60-credit dissertation.
Core modules cover Learning and Assessment, and Collaborative Working in Education. Option modules cover Education, Culture and Society; Educational Leadership and Management; International Perspectives in Early Years; and Contemporary Issues in Early Years.
The research dissertation reports on empirical research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to professional practice.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
If your first language is not English, you’ll need at least one of the following:
For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.
You'll have access to a range of high quality placements. We work with 50 plus high performing early years settings and schools within the local area and in Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and beyond.
This award is focused on professional development and is therefore suitable if you’re planning to work in various educational settings, such as galleries, museums, visitor centres and offender settings.
Once you’ve achieved your Master’s degree, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to our PhD and EdD awards – Doctoral-level programmes aimed at helping you develop your capabilities even further.
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All modules are assessed through a variety of formats, including: assignments, case studies, annotated bibliographies, contributions to online discussion forums and the dissertation.
All modules are assessed summatively by means of individual assessments. For students working in early years settings, optional modules can be taken which have a relevant focus.
Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:
If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.
You’ll receive constructive feedback on all work submitted for assessment. Feedback is intended to help you learn and develop and you’re encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
Feedback is normally provided within 20 working days following submission of work.
Your overall workload will consist of independent learning and assessment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of approximately 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules that you select.
When not in lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you’ll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, preparing for assignments and classwork, and planning for your dissertation.
Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and the learning zone. Self-instructional learning materials are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.
For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:
For the course starting on 6 January 2020 the tuition fees are:
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.
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.
The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each 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.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options - part-time, full-time and distance learning.
For more information and how to apply visit postgraduate loans.
As a postgraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.
If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.
Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.
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