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X9K907 Education MA Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code X9K907
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 3 years (part-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 8354

Course Content


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.

A key feature of the programme is that students can make it their own: that is, while studying a limited range of modules, students can choose the contexts in which to apply the core ideas.  During the Dissertation there is further opportunity to select areas of personal interest and concern.  Some students select one context to consider in all of their modules e.g. ideas from the programme applied to, say, science education or informal learning.  Others use the opportunity to broaden their understanding of education by selecting different foci in different modules.  In our modules we aim to introduce students to key ideas and ways of thinking that enable them to engage with related issues in contexts that are relevant to them.

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 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.

Through its flexible delivery routes the MA in Education is suitable for students from all backgrounds and countries.  In addition to a traditional full-time study route, the course is available via part-time and International Postgraduate Programme routes.  On the part-time route teaching is delivered through intensive teaching weekends scheduled around (Durham) school half-term holidays making the programme suitable for those working full-time.  Meanwhile the part-time IPP route is delivered through a combination of intensive summer school teaching and independent study.  The IPP summer teaching runs in Durham throughout July each year and attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, including the UK, and is ideal for those seeking part-time study in a truly international context. IPP students benefit from a range of extra academic and cultural activities organised by the School.

Course Structure

Full-time students study the four taught modules plus the dissertation over one year.   

Part-time students normally study two taught modules per year in years one and two and the dissertation in year three.

Core Modules

  • Evaluating Educational Research (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Students must select 90 credits from a list of optional modules which may include:

  • 21st Century Technology: Implications for Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Arts in Education (30 credits)
  • Assessment (30 credits)
  • Curriculum Analysis (30 credits)
  • Intercultural and International Education (30 credits)
  • Management, Leadership and Change (30 credits)
  • Policy Studies (30 credits)
  • Psychology of the Learner (30 credits)
  • Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Science (30 credits)

The above are examples of modules we run at present. Modules are continually developed in line with needs of students and expertises in the department.

Teaching and assessment details

The programme is assessed by 4 x 30 credit module assignments and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

A good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent).  Significant relevant experience will also be considered

English Language Requirements

An overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with no element under 6.0) or equivalent.

English Language requirements


Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


The University has a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students.  To find out what support is available see our online funding database.

Career Opportunities

Education, School of

Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here

Open days and visits

Campus tours

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Department Information

Education, School of


The School has a lively postgraduate environment capitalising on the academic strengths and diversity of its large body of teaching and research staff, and its population of around 1,100 students.

We offer a range of high-quality postgraduate provision to suit our students' needs. Many of our courses are designed to offer optimum flexibility through their mode of delivery, whether through part-time teaching at evenings/weekends to suit those engaged in full-time employment, or through part-time International Postgraduate Programmes (IPPs) which are delivered through a combination of intensive summer school teaching and independent study. Our postgraduate provision offers training and development for the teaching profession as well as programmes for those interested in education as an academic discipline in its own right.

We regularly secure top ten placements in UK  university league tables such as The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide, and are delighted to have been graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted in February 2011 for all aspects of our initial teacher training. Meanwhile 85% of the School's research was recognised as being of world-class or international quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.


Teaching Staff

Dr Prue Holmes

Prue Holmes is Senior Lecturer in International and Intercultural Education in the Department of Education. She teaches modules in international and intercultural education and communication at post-graduate and under-graduate levels.

Prue has also taught intercultural communication at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and English as a Foreign Language and English language teacher education in Italy, China, and Hong Kong.

Her research includes the communication and learning experiences of international and Chinese students; intercultural competence, immigrant communication experiences; intercultural education; and intercultural dialogue. She has received commissions from UNESCO to research intercultural communication in the Asia-Pacific region, and from Education New Zealand and the Ministry of Education (International), New Zealand, to research international and Chinese students' learning and intercultural communication experiences.

Prue supervises dissertations and theses in the areas of intercultural communication and competence; international and intercultural education; English and foreign language education; and Chinese and other international students' learning and communication experiences.

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