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Education MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2-5 years part time
    1-3 years online

  • Starting:

    January/October

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £7,470
    Part Time:£1,245 per 30 credits
    Online: £1,110 per 30 credits

  • Fees International:

    Full time: £14,000 Online: £1,110 per 30 credits

  • Location:

    Waterside, Online

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Overview


As a teacher, education professional or recent graduate, you can take this opportunity to enhance your practice by reflecting on your own personal and professional experiences. A Masters in Education allows you to develop further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest to you. This course is available for full-time and part-time study. The course is wide-ranging and involves the study of: leadership, classroom cultures and also has an international and comparative aspect. While studying on this course you will complete a thesis, which is a significant piece of original research.

Choose your path

You can choose to study for your MA Education on our Waterside Campus in Northampton (face to face) or 100% online, on any device from anywhere in the world over 1-5 years. This option is designed for UK-based or international education professionals looking for the flexibility to study at a distance and fit the timing of their studies around life, work and family commitments.

For more information, please contact Dr James Underwood for the face-to-face route or Dr Helen Caldwell for the online route.

Updated 25/11/2020

Highlights


  • Flexibility to direct your studies in the way that is most beneficial for you and your working context
  • Support for you to publish and present your research
  • The opportunity to produce a significant piece of original research, via your thesis
  • A fully online route through the MA Education, based on active distance learning.

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Course Content


  • Throughout the course we encourage you to engage with other students and professional colleagues in order to develop critical approaches to your study of education and your practical teaching.

    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 you to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts.

    There are two versions of the Education MA, both of which can be full-time or part-time. These are a fully online version and a standard version. There are four compulsory modules and a thesis on each of these pathways:

    Online:

    • EDUM074 International perspectives on education
    • EDUM124 Developing and supporting others
    • EDUM145 Reflecting on professional practice through autoethnography
    • EDUM116 School and classroom cultures
    • EDUM100 Research methods and thesis

    Standard:

    • EDUM074 International perspectives on education
    • EDUM124 Developing and supporting others
    • EDUM116 School and classroom cultures
    • EDUM123: Approaches to leadership and management
    • EDUM100 Research methods and thesis
      • Module code: EDUM072
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with leading-edge knowledge and facilitate critical analysis of key contemporary issues and debates in early years theory research policy and practice utilising both national and international comparative perspectives.
      • Module code: EDUM073
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop secure knowledge critical understanding and skills in relation to the theory and practice of:parent support in the context of services for young children and their families;the promotion of anti-discriminatory practice and self-sustaining communities.
      • Module code: EDUM074
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is: to explore and critically evaluate education policy and practice in diverse national contexts and to contextualise and critically evaluate socio-economic political and cultural influences on education. It requires engaging with established and contemporary international research.
      • Module code: EDUM077
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to prepare students to undertake dissertation research. It introduces key methodological concepts alongside methods of data collection and analysis. It enables discussion regarding: data collection techniques different models of education research formulating a research focus and exploring methodological concepts.
      • Module code: EDUM079
        Status: Designate
        This module provides an opportunity for students to engage in completing an original research project under the guidance of a supervisor. When the student is studying on a named pathway or programme this research thesis will be aligned to that field of study.
      • Module code: EDUM089
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to prepare teachers and other professionals to undertake research projects as part of their institution's overall development and their own professional development. This module will equip professional practitioners with the skills theoretical knowledge and understanding needed to engage successfully in research that enhances practice.
      • Module code: EDUM092
        Status: Designate
        This module provides opportunities for a structured exploration of the ways in which personal histories key decisions and career pathways inform professional attitudes and beliefs and in turn influence subsequent practice in Education and allied areas. The module offers students a structured framework within which they can interrogate and reflect critically on the way(s) in which these individual/personal attributes and experiences impact on the work they do. The module draws heavily on the emergent position of 'living theory' (Whitehead 2004 - see indicative reading below) as a vehicle by which professionals can explore and develop aspects of their practice. The module will also reflect the professional standards for teachers which relate to post-threshold and excellent teacher standards which might equate to a career stage two profile.
      • Module code: EDUM100
        Status: Designate
        This module provides an opportunity for students to engage in completing an original research project supported by structured research training under the guidance of a supervisor. When the student is studying on a named pathway or programme this research thesis will be aligned to that field of study.
      • Module code: EDUM101
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is:To critically reflect on the educational and social impact that digital media and popular literature has on children?s lives personally and globally.To engage with contemporary debates relating to multimodality in terms of young children?s experiences and their use of contemporary literacies.
      • Module code: EDUM116
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is: to enable students to explore and critically reflect on what is meant by school culture and classroom culture in a contemporary context. To generate a critical understanding of classroom cultures informed by educational values and beliefs and personal experience linked to research and theory-building.
      • Module code: EDUM118
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to analyse and critique changes and improvements in learning and teaching teams applicable to their professional contexts through the process of leading change and to critically reflect on theoretical and practical concepts of leadership and management.
      • Module code: EDUM122
        Status: Designate
        This module provides opportunities for students to explore significant theoretical perspectives related to the leadership and management of schools and other educational settings, including current academic research at the forefront of the discipline. Different perspectives are explored and these are placed within their historical, cultural, philosophical and sociological context.
      • Module code: EDUM123
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide opportunities to explore key issues related to the leadership and management of schools and other educational settings. Students will explore these ideas within the context of their own and others professional and cultural background and in the context of differing educational settings.
      • Module code: EDUM124
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide opportunities to explore the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring as well as other approaches to supporting and developing others. These are explored within the specific context of schools and other educational settings. Theory and practice will be linked closely.
      • Module code: EDUM129
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to evaluate how different pedagogical approaches can be supported and promoted by the affordances of learning technologies in different learning contexts and to enable learners to evaluate and apply a range of approaches to the design of effective interventions across different modes of study.
      • Module code: EDUM133
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ?To critically analyse the role of theories employed in the analysis of spoken and written discourse; including Systemic Functional Linguistics Critical Discourse Analysis Multi-Modal analysis Pragmatics/ Speech Act Theory Sociolinguistics and Genre Studies.
      • Module code: EDUM134
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the development of theories of second language acquisition (SLA) focusing on the linguistic psychological and social processes underlying SLA in a range of contexts. To consider how evolving research into learner differences types of motivation and interlanguages has influenced language teaching.
      • Module code: EDUM135
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to:This module will help students develop those key skills required for the effective teaching of the four language skills: speaking listening reading writing. Enhancing these skills will involve a focus on phonetics/phonology; the grammar of spoken discourse; different reading strategies and on developing an awareness of different discourse genres.
      • Module code: EDUM136
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ?To introduce students to the key concepts issues and methods of language testing drawing attention to the principles that underpin different testing/evaluation systems and the way these impact on students and educational institutions.
      • Module code: EDUM137
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to engage with key contemporary issues and debates in educational research policy and practice from national and international perspectives and to critically analyse and evaluate the methodologies involved in researching key contemporary issues in education.
      • Module code: EDUM142
        Status: Designate
        This module provides opportunities for students to explore key issues related to Historical Themes in Education. Students develop knowledge and understanding of philosophies and pedagogies of education across time. Students are guided to explicitly link historical constructs with recent and contemporary concepts. They critically evaluate these constructs and concepts with relation to the ideological, faith-based and political motivations of the different periods and reflect on how past practices and beliefs influence present systems and values.
      • Module code: EDUM145
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is: to provide a structured context in which to interrogate and reflect critically on the way(s) in which individual/personal attributes and experiences impact on professional practice. To enable students to reflect critically through 'living theory' on aspects of professional practice.
      • Module code: EDUM149
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is: to provide opportunities for a structured exploration of the ways in which training, professional attitudes and beliefs inform and influence practice. The module offers participants a structured framework within which they can reflect critically in ways which link theory to practice.
  • To study this course, you will need an honours degree, usually at 2:2 or above, from a UK institution or equivalent.

    If you have other qualifications and have recent professional experience of three years or more, you will also be considered. In this case you will be interviewed and asked to demonstrate that you have engaged with children’s services at graduate level or equivalent, by presenting a portfolio of your responsibilities in your work with children and young people.

    If you have master’s (level 7) credits from another course, including the PGCE, NPQH, or programmes run by University of Northampton, then it may be possible to credit these towards this degree.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,470
    • UK – Part Time: £1,245 per 30 credits
    • UK – Online: £1,110 per 30 credits
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Online: £1,110 per 30 credits
    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £7,425
    • UK and EU Part Time:£1,235 per 30 credits
    • UK and EU Online: £1,100 per 30 credits
    • International: £13,750
    • International Online: £1,100 per 30 credits
    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2021/22 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England**.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    **If you have exemptions from studying a PGCE you will not e eligible for Post graduate funding as you must be studying the full 180 Credits.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • How will I learn?

    All of the teaching for the campus-based course is in small group format, such as seminars and workshops, enabling you to engage in discussion and debate. You will also be able to attend research seminars, day courses and other educational activities. Underpinning all of what we teach is the linking of theory and practice, allowing you to critically reflect on work-based issues, concerns and developments.

    This course is taught as interactive sessions, with a focus on active engagement and discussion. There are 140 contact hours for the entire MA, which means you will typically have six hours of classes per week for full-time attendance and you will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours of self-directed study and research each week.

    If you are studying part-time, the course will take between two and five years to complete, and you will typically have two hours of classes per week and should undertake eight hours of self-directed study per week. However, the workload is not consistently spread over the year and so there may be times when you are working more hours in a given week.

    As well as your usual sessions, you can also attend workshops and presentations associated with research that the Faculty of Health, Education and Society is involved in.

    The Online Education MA also focuses on engagement and discussion through an innovative model of active distance learning. Our online learning environment includes a virtual classroom for regular online conferencing in small groups or 1-1 with a personal tutor, and an online community space for ongoing discussions with fellow education professionals. There are structured links to course materials and resources that are designed to enable you to learn in different ways and through different media. Our online library gives you access to a vast collection of electronic books and journals to support your independent study.

    How will I be assessed?

    The way we assess is flexible and sensitive to your existing professional workloads, linking your studies with aspects of work on-going in your own school or setting.

    There are no exams for this course. Instead, assessment is in the form of essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. You will complete the MA with a final project or dissertation.

    How long is a master’s degree in education?

    Within the UK, the time spent studying a postgraduate degree is highly dependent on whether you decide to study full-time, part-time or through distance learning.

    For those on this masters program you will study for 1 year if you are full-time and for part-time students, it will be between 2-5 years. The Online Education MA is 1 year full time or part time over 2-5 years.

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Careers and Employability


Postgraduate qualifications can give you the opportunity for higher level responsibility and senior posts within education, children’s services and Further Education.

This course addresses the needs of local authorities in the East Midlands as well as the government agenda for continuing professional development and the development of teaching as a research based profession.

An MA in education is a versatile degree for students in search of career paths beyond teaching. Although this masters programme equips you with skills and knowledge specifically within the field of education, it is not limiting but rather accommodates to other niche roles.

Some examples of the kind of work students are able to do following graduation include;

  • School Counsellor
  • Manager
  • Writer
  • Learning mentor
  • Training or Development specialist
  • Instructional designer