What is the nature and purpose of education? How can education promote equality? What counts as valuable knowledge?
Explore the contested nature of education by considering ideas from the philosophy, sociology, politics and history of education to develop a deeper understanding of the role of education in society.
Our master's course challenges you to think more critically about education.
You’ll consider the nature and role of education in global times, its relation to society and whether it can promote social justice and engagement.
Some of the topics you might critically analyse include place-based education; education and the global economy and gender and race inequality in education.
You’ll study three core units and two option units. The option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the areas you’re passionate about.
You might choose to study the Practice-Based Project, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore and reflect on practice in an educational setting (from museums to schools) to enhance your own expertise. You could investigate topics such as disability and difference in education and how educational practice could be more inclusive and socially just.
Or if you are interested in childhood and youth, you might conduct a critical analysis of an area of equality and empowerment related to children, professionals or families.
Features and Benefits
- You’ll explore national and global contemporary issues and debates in education.
- Choose option units that reflect your career aspirations and interests.
- You’ll have the opportunity to complete a Practice-Based Project, where you’ll explore and reflect on practice in an educational setting.
- This course is one of four courses that make up our full-time masters in education courses. You’ll have some study sessions with students on our other full-time courses allowing you to collaborate across specialisms and be part of a lively, postgraduate community of learners.
You’ll explore key contemporary issues and debates in education at both a national and international level.
Some of the topics you might consider include education and the global economy, place-based education, and the role of organisations like the World Bank, OECD, the UN and UNICEF in education.
You’ll study three core units and two option units.
In the first term, you’ll typically study the research design process, including how to formulate research questions and data collection approaches. This is to help you learn the skills you’ll need for your dissertation.
Your final assignment is a dissertation where you’ll choose the topic. Past dissertation topics have included conducting arts-based henna workshops with young girls to help them become more empowered, an auto-ethnographic study exploring the complexities of language and identity, and the use of ICT in private preschools in Malaysia.
You’ll usually begin working on your dissertation in the second term (January onwards). You will be allocated a supervisor and have enhancement sessions to support you with tasks such as literature reviews, writing for academic purposes, and data analysis.
Over your one year course, you'll cover the following units:
- Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design
- Understanding Education in a Global Context
You'll choose two option units from:
- Collaborative Research Project
- Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
- Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
- Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
- Practice-Based Project
- Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings
Although there isn’t a formal placement for this course, you can visit an educational setting to gain experience related to your interest through the option unit Practice-Based Project.
Usually, you’ll identify an area of interest and create a proposal that includes the location you’d like to visit. For example, you might observe science lessons in a secondary school.
Your assignment for the unit reflects your observations and the implications for future practice. This gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to your role.
Your placement can be in any educational setting, such as a museum, school or charity.
Study and assessment breakdown
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Full-time 55% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 45% independent study
- Full-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
You will have a degree, postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an undergraduate UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be considered. You also need to have experience related to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).
English language requirements
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU Students
- Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
- Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
- Optional estimate: £400
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.
This masters degree prepares you for an educational role across the public or private sectors.
Through MA Education Studies, you’ll develop critical thinking skills and gain the theoretical knowledge to question existing education practice, and how it could work in the future.
You could develop a career in areas such as social services, education management, education policy, and research.
You might work in education publishing, museum and gallery education, for a charity or in a learning support organisation. Some graduates also go on to pursue careers in related areas, including in journalism, business and financial services.
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