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MA

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, September start
Study option:
Part-time, January start
Study option:
Part-time, September start
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
20 Months
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

Boost employability

Develop your skills for a range of professional roles

Tailor your learning

Choose from a wide range of pathways

Enhance your skills

Course prepares you for a changing education sector

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 20 month January start option is possible for entrants who already have obtained 60 level 7 credits in the past 5 years.

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.

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 20 month January start option is possible for entrants who already have obtained 60 level 7 credits in the past 5 years.

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.

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 20 month January start option is possible for entrants who already have obtained 60 level 7 credits in the past 5 years.

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

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Education

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Education

Work placements

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.

Course content

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.

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.

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.

Modules

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.

Modules

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.

Entry requirements

You’ll need:

  • An Honours degree, classification 2:2 or above
  • GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Evidence of an Enhanced DBS check (We can process this application but you’ll need to pay the standard fee)

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

  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

You’ll need:

  • An Honours degree, classification 2:2 or above
  • GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Evidence of an Enhanced DBS check (We can process this application but you’ll need to pay the standard fee)

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

  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

You’ll need:

  • An Honours degree, classification 2:2 or above
  • GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Evidence of an Enhanced DBS check (We can process this application but you’ll need to pay the standard fee)

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

  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Outreach

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.

Careers

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.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment

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.

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.

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.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

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.

Feedback

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Independent learning

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.

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.

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.

Staff

You'll be taught by staff who have a range of academic and industry experience. 

Sharon Inglis

Senior Lecturer

My main teaching areas and interests learning and assessment, collaborative working in education, culture and society, and research and study skills.

Sharon's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time, September start
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £8,085 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 3 January 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Part-time, January start
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,028. per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Part-time, September start
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

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've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 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 masters loan.

Scholarships and additional funding

You could be eligible for a Staffordshire University bursary when you choose to study one of our postgraduate Education courses. Visit our Fees and Bursaries page to find out more.

Our students

I loved being in the classroom as a learner and not the teacher, reflecting on my practice as a professional and rising to the challenge of academic writing. Personally, I found the journey of discovering my own self-belief most rewarding; and something I could not have achieved without the support of the tutors.

Allie Campbell

MA Education

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MA Full-time, September start 20 September 2021 Apply now

Rules and regulations

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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