Education MA

Key Facts

  • Level


  • Duration

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

  • Starting

    February, September

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £8,250
    Part Time: £1,380 per 30 credits
    Online: £1,235 per 30 credits

  • International Fees 24/25

    Full time: £16,995
    Online: £1,235 per 30 credits

  • Location

    Waterside, Distance Learning

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


Our Education MA program is designed to deepen your understanding of educational issues, policy, and practice whilst empowering you with the skills and confidence to lead evidence-based change in your own context.  We encourage you to think critically and draw from your own experience to explore a range of themes, such as international perspectives, learning cultures and spaces, digital innovations, leadership, and health and wellbeing. You will discover the potential of education to enact positive change in both individuals and societies.

You can choose to study part-time or full-time for your MA Education on our Waterside Campus or 100% online from anywhere in the world. The online option is designed for UK-based or international education professionals looking for the flexibility to fit the timing of their studies around life and work commitments.

Join us in shaping a brighter future through informed and impactful education.

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  • Flexible study modes and a personalised approach to learning
  • An emphasis on contemporary and international educational themes
  • A supportive international learning community that values sharing and belonging
  • Engaging and enthusiastic lecturers helping you achieve your potential
  • Opportunities for you to present and publish your research
  • The chance to develop transferable academic and professional skills
  • Fast-track pathways for applicants with a PGCE, National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), or Mentor Training for Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Course Content

  • The Education MA comprises seven modules and a dissertation. The dissertation is an original piece of research which may be presented in a choice of formats. You will be supported to share your research in journals, online or at conferences.

    • EDUM160: International and Comparative Education (20 credits)
    • EDUM161: Learning Cultures, Places, and Spaces (20 credits)
    • EDUM162: Future Focused Education and Innovative Pedagogies (10 credits)
    • EDUM163: Digital Horizons in Education (10 credits)
    • EDUM164: Health and Wellbeing in Educational Contexts (20 credits)
    • EDUM123: Leadership and Change in Education (20 credits)
    • EDUM167: Research Methods in Education (20 credits)
    • EDUM166: Dissertation (60 credits)

    There is a range of assignment formats across the modules, with an emphasis on application to practice. Assignments include individual and group work and might involve essays, presentations, videos or portfolios. You can tailor assignment titles to your personal interests and explore aspects of education that are relevant to your own professional context. A key element across the programme is a culture of knowledge-sharing which enables you to engage with fellow MA students and professional colleagues from around the world.

  • To study our Masters in Education 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 the broad field of education at graduate level or equivalent.

    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 the MA Education degree 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 for study at postgraduate level:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other band (or equivalent).

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

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,380 per 30 credits
    • UK – Online: £1,235 per 30 credits
    • International – Full Time: £16,995
    • International – Online: £1,235 per 30 credits
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,010
    • UK – Part Time: £1,335 per 30 credits
    • UK – Online: £1,200 per 30 credits
    • International – Full Time: £16,500
    • International – Online: £1,200 per 30 credits
    Additional Costs

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

    Master’s 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 Master’s 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 be eligible for Postgraduate 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.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I learn on the MA Education?

    You can study either face-to-face on campus or 100% online.

    Online and on-campus teaching is in small group format, such as seminars and workshops, enabling you to engage in active engagement, discussion and debate. You will be invited to join special interest groups and research centres. Depending on which modules you choose, study trips or experiential learning opportunities may be included, and we often bring in guest speakers from around the world.

    Teaching is underpinned by the linking of theory and practice, allowing you to critically reflect on work-based issues and innovations.

    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.

    In addition, there are many support systems available, including personal academic tutors, academic advisors, thesis supervisors and career services.

    What do our students say?

    “It’s such a cool experience being able to share and learn about different learning cultures from all over the world. The discussions we have are so interesting, especially with classmates bringing in their unique perspectives. It’s like taking a journey through education globally, and I’m really enjoying every bit of it.”

    How much time will I need to commit?

    As a full-time student, you will typically have 6 hours of classes per week and be expected to undertake a further 20-24 hours of self-directed study and research. If you are studying part-time, you will typically have 2 to 4 hours of classes per week and should undertake 8-12 hours of self-directed study per week. However, the workload varies across the year.

    You will study for 1 year if you are full-time usually 2 years for part-time students – This can be adjusted to your needs.

    How will I be assessed?

    The way we assess is flexible and sensitive to your existing professional workloads. This enables you to link your studies to aspects of work in your own school or setting, or if you are a full-time student to your personal interests.

    There are no exams for this course. Instead, assessment is in the form of essays, portfolios, presentations and small-scale research projects. There is a combination of formative and summative assessments. You will complete the MA with a final project or dissertation that is presented in a negotiated format.

    Who can I contact for more information about the MA in Education?

    For more information on the MA Education please contact Dr Helen Caldwell.


Eunice Lumsden, Head of Childhood, Youth & Families and Professor
Eunice Lumsden

Head of Childhood, Youth & Families and Professor

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Emel Thomas, Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)
Emel Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Toby Purser, Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)
Toby Purser

Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Winnie Pui, Lecturer in Education (CYF)
Winnie Pui

Lecturer in Education (CYF)

Faculty of Health, Education and Society


Careers and Employability

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

This Master’s in education 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 Master’s 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 can do following graduation include:

  • School Counsellor
  • Writer
  • School leader
  • NGO or charity leader
  • Learning mentor
  • Training or Development specialist
  • Instructional designer