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Education MA

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
1 Year
Location
Waterside
Start Date
January, May and October

Overview Updated 07/01/2020

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.

This course is available for full-time and part-time study. If you choose the full-time route, the course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, while the part-time option features optional additional modules relating to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

Course

Highlights

  • Modules relevant to those working in children’s and young people’s services
  • Recognised postgraduate professional development for teachers
  • Modules can be taken in isolation 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 your work
  • Highly experienced and supportive tutor team

Additional

Information

MA Education options

For a more detailed subject focus, we also offer pathways in: Early Years, English Language Teaching, Management and Leadership, Mathematics and an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

Course Details

What can I do with an MA in education?

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

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 will study for 1 year if they are full-time and for part-time students, it will be between 2-5 years.

Read more

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a postgraduate stall, where you can speak with tutors about the postgraduate courses that interest you, to give you all the information you need about studying at the University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

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.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Content

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, which include; School and Classroom Cultures, Educational Leadership, International Perspectives on Education, Research Methods.

  • Contemporary & international Issues in Early Years (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM072
    Core Module N
  • Supporting Parents and Developing Community (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM073
    Core Module N
  • International Perspectives on Education (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM074
    Core Module N
  • Practitioner Led Development Project (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM146
    Core Module N
  • Research Methods (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM077
    Core Module N
  • Principles and Practice in Action Research (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM089
    Core Module N
  • Reflecting on Professional Practice Through Autoethnography (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM145
    Core Module N
  • Young Children’s Literature, Media and Culture (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM101
    Core Module N
  • Exploring Pedagogy and Practice (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM149
    Core Module N
  • School and Classroom Cultures (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM116
    Core Module N
  • Leading for Change (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM118
    Core Module N
  • Perspectives on Leadership and Management (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM122
    Core Module N
  • Approaches to Leadership and Management (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM123
    Core Module N
  • Developing and Supporting Others (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM124
    Core Module N
  • Designing for the 21st Century Learning (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM129
    Core Module N
  • Understanding Language in Use: Approaches to the Analysis of Discourse (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM133
    Core Module N
  • Approaches to Language Learning – Theory and Method (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM134
    Core Module N
  • ELT in Practice (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM135
    Core Module N
  • Classroom Language Assessment and Test Construction (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM136
    Core Module N
  • Contemporary Issues in Education (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM137
    Core Module N
  • Historical Themes in Education (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM142
    Core Module N
  • Research Thesis (60 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM100
    Core Module N
  • Dissertation (60 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM079
    Core Module N

Throughout our MA Education 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.

Methods of Learning

All of the teaching for this 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.

Assessments

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.

Facilities &

Special Features

At the University of Northampton, our Education postgraduate degrees are designed to fit around your work, allowing you to pursue a career in education with confidence. Modules can be taken in isolation for professional development and, for a more detailed subject focus, we also offer pathways in; Early Years, English Language Teaching, Management and Leadership, Mathematics and an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

Alumni 20% Discount

Our Graduate Discount Scheme

If you have previously studied an undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on Postgraduate course fees.

Visit our Graduate Discount Scheme page to find out more information and eligibility requirements.

Postgraduate Loan

Get funding to study

If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course full-time or part-time you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student finance England.

Visit the GOV website for more information on eligibility.

Please note to be eligible for a postgraduate loan for this course you must be studying the full 180 credits.

Fees & Funding

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.

Full Time: £7,425
Part Time:£1,235 per 30 credits

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. 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 2020/21 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.

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £6,750
Part Time:£1125 per 30 credits

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. 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 2019/20 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.

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.

International: £13,750

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,750

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Part Time Study

Courses offered on a part time basis are an excellent way of gaining a qualification around a busy home life or job. The University of Northampton recognises that many of our students have family and work commitments and offer various courses on a part time study basis, working flexibly around your requirements.

A lot of our courses can be completed part-time, so you can fit your studies around your life. The majority of part-time and professional courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 07/01/2020

  • 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.

    This course is available for full-time and part-time study. If you choose the full-time route, the course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, while the part-time option features optional additional modules relating to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Modules relevant to those working in children’s and young people’s services
    • Recognised postgraduate professional development for teachers
    • Modules can be taken in isolation 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 your work
    • Highly experienced and supportive tutor team
  • What can I do with an MA in education?

    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

    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 will study for 1 year if they are full-time and for part-time students, it will be between 2-5 years.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    MA Education options

    For a more detailed subject focus, we also offer pathways in: Early Years, English Language Teaching, Management and Leadership, Mathematics and an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a postgraduate stall, where you can speak with tutors about the postgraduate courses that interest you, to give you all the information you need about studying at the University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      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.

  • 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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • 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, which include; School and Classroom Cultures, Educational Leadership, International Perspectives on Education, Research Methods.

    • Contemporary & international Issues in Early Years (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM072
      Core Module N
    • Supporting Parents and Developing Community (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM073
      Core Module N
    • International Perspectives on Education (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM074
      Core Module N
    • Practitioner Led Development Project (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM146
      Core Module N
    • Research Methods (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM077
      Core Module N
    • Principles and Practice in Action Research (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM089
      Core Module N
    • Reflecting on Professional Practice Through Autoethnography (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM145
      Core Module N
    • Young Children’s Literature, Media and Culture (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM101
      Core Module N
    • Exploring Pedagogy and Practice (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM149
      Core Module N
    • School and Classroom Cultures (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM116
      Core Module N
    • Leading for Change (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM118
      Core Module N
    • Perspectives on Leadership and Management (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM122
      Core Module N
    • Approaches to Leadership and Management (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM123
      Core Module N
    • Developing and Supporting Others (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM124
      Core Module N
    • Designing for the 21st Century Learning (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM129
      Core Module N
    • Understanding Language in Use: Approaches to the Analysis of Discourse (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM133
      Core Module N
    • Approaches to Language Learning – Theory and Method (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM134
      Core Module N
    • ELT in Practice (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM135
      Core Module N
    • Classroom Language Assessment and Test Construction (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM136
      Core Module N
    • Contemporary Issues in Education (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM137
      Core Module N
    • Historical Themes in Education (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM142
      Core Module N
    • Research Thesis (60 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM100
      Core Module N
    • Dissertation (60 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM079
      Core Module N

    Throughout our MA Education 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.

    Methods of Learning

    All of the teaching for this 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.

    Assessments

    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.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    At the University of Northampton, our Education postgraduate degrees are designed to fit around your work, allowing you to pursue a career in education with confidence. Modules can be taken in isolation for professional development and, for a more detailed subject focus, we also offer pathways in; Early Years, English Language Teaching, Management and Leadership, Mathematics and an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

    • Our Graduate Discount Scheme

      If you have previously studied an undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on Postgraduate course fees.

      Visit our Graduate Discount Scheme page to find out more information and eligibility requirements.

    • Get funding to study

      If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course full-time or part-time you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student finance England.

      Visit the GOV website for more information on eligibility.

      Please note to be eligible for a postgraduate loan for this course you must be studying the full 180 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.

    Full Time: £7,425
    Part Time:£1,235 per 30 credits

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. 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 2020/21 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.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time:£1125 per 30 credits

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. 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 2019/20 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.

    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.

    International: £13,750

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

  • Courses offered on a part time basis are an excellent way of gaining a qualification around a busy home life or job. The University of Northampton recognises that many of our students have family and work commitments and offer various courses on a part time study basis, working flexibly around your requirements.

    A lot of our courses can be completed part-time, so you can fit your studies around your life. The majority of part-time and professional courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour