The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working in the field of education as well as recent graduates.
The course provides participants with opportunities to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest. It can be taken both full and part time. The full-time course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, whilst the part-time option contains the same modules as the full-time course but with additional modules related to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.
Distinctive approaches to learning and teaching
The course is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables students to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, students will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities hosted by the School of Education.
All modules are taught by members of the university’s academic staff. The course also makes use of visiting lecturers from other academic institutions from within the UK and further. The underpinning delivery principle of our teaching is that we seek to demonstrate the ongoing links between theory and practice: we offer all our course members the chance to engage in rich dialogue and critical reflection on work based issues, concerns and developments.
There are no additional fees in connected with this programme other than the requirement to be a suitably equipped student with a pen and paper. There are computers and computer spaces available at the university and the university library contains all required texts
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
The MA comprises of modules that can be studied one by one. A key element of many modules is the provision for ‘shared enquiry’, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts.
Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to existing professional workloads, and are usually based on aspects of work currently ongoing in the participant’s own school or setting.
There is a full time pathway through this MA. This is particularly targeted at international students and has a strong international and comparative flavour, although UK students are very welcome to apply. It consists of four compulsory modules and a thesis.
The four modules that must be taken on the full-time pathway are:
- School and Classroom Cultures
- Educational Leadership
- International Perspectives on Education
- Research methods
In addition to this the University now has pathways within the course which reflect two specific areas of professional and theoretical interest:
There is also an MA Education Special Educational Needs and Inclusion which is run on a full and part time basis.
There are also a range of modules which enable teachers to engage with reflective, teacher-led research.
Please see the modules listing page for further information about modules.
Course modules (16/17)
International Perspectives on Education
- Module code: EDUM074
- Core module Y
- Module code: EDUM077
- Core module Y
- Module code: EDUM121
- Core module Y
Investigating Individual Professional Practice (Part 2) Post Threshold
- Module code: EDUM092
- Core module Y
School and Classroom Cultures
- Module code: EDUM116
- Core module Y
- Module code: EDUM079
- Core module Y
Methods of Learning
The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for 6 hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over 3 years will be expected to do one third of this. They should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points they may be working considerably more hours in a week. For all students there will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at The School of Education.
There are no examinations. The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Participants will complete a final project/dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor for the MA Education.
Facilities and Special Features
- modules relevant to those working in children’s and young people’s services
- recognised postgraduate professional development for teachers
- modules can be taken ‘stand alone’ for professional development
- modules can build into three successive postgraduate awards from Certificate to Diploma and Masters
- modules relevant to those working in early years or children’s services
- employment related course designed to fit with participants’ work
- modules designed to connect with practitioner work and context
- highly experienced and supportive tutor team.
Higher degrees can provide an opportunity for higher level responsibility roles and senior posts within education, children’s services or further education. Responding to the continuing professional development agenda, this course not only addresses needs identified by Local Authorities within the East Midlands region, but also the government agenda for the development of teaching as a research based profession.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applicants will normally have an honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent. Applicants with other qualifications, in particular those with recent professional experience, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate academic attainment.
Applicants who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered. In this case the applicant will be interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing evidence of significant professional engagement in children’s services at graduate level or equivalent. The evidence will be in the form of a compendium or portfolio which sets out details of their specific responsibilities relating to their work with children and young people.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1000 per 30 credits|
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2016/17 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*Maximum period of study allowed for part time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.