MA in Education
Philosophy of the programme
The MA in Education provides an opportunity to study broad educational and pedagogical issues, while an individually supervised dissertation gives you the opportunity to research a specific issue in depth. It will provide you with a clear understanding of the nature and significance of educational issues, both generic and subject specific, and will examine the ways in which research in education might illuminate these issues.
The nature of the taught and supervised modules, particularly the Dissertation, enable students to learn skills necessary for progression to further study, such as the doctorate degrees of PhD or EdD. The modules engage with contemporary pedagogical and organisational issues informed by recent research.
The degree has been designed to meet the needs of educational professionals, especially those in teaching, management or administration at all levels of education. Students likely to benefit from the MA programme are those who are interested in education, often teachers, with a commitment to pedagogy, and educational managers in schools, further and higher education, as well as those working in educational administration. Due to its flexible nature, we have a diverse study body comprising colleagues from a variety of different backgrounds which we believe enriches the student learning experience.
By the end of the MA(Ed) programme we anticipate that students will:
- have a critical understanding of factors relating to teaching and learning in schools or other educational institutions;
- have a critical understanding of the organisation of education;
- demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate educational research;
demonstrate the ability to apply ideas derived from educational research.
Structure of the programme
The programme has been designed to offer optimum flexibility in its provision and as a result appeals to a range of students from different backgrounds. Through sharing some modules with our EdD students we are able to offer three separate study routes for the MA:
Each route offers a different pattern of teaching, but all have the same basic programme structure:
- Four 30 credit taught modules
- One 60 credit dissertation (15,000 words)