MA Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Designed to reflect the needs of individuals and organisations, this course will deepen and refine your capacity to reflect critically on the way you work.

This is also offered as an online course.

Teaching on this course is underpinned by systematic practitioner inquiry and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to your professional practice.

While each module has its own particular focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of historical, political and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

Study is flexible in order to meet the needs of individuals and organisations and includes:

  • a range of optional modules so you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests
  • different modes of delivery which take account of individual needs and professional contexts
  • exit points en route to a full masters programme

The MA course provided me with the unique opportunity to research my own practice and develop a greater understanding of the issues facing schools today. Now as a Head of Department I am able to implement many of the forward thinking ideas discussed in such a developmental setting.

'At the University of Nottingham, it was the relationship between staff and students which made it such a rewarding and highly enjoyable place to enter the teaching profession.'

Tom Kitson, PGCE Geography, progressing to MA Education


The staff listed above teach modules within the education stream. They are joined by a larger team of tutors teaching on optional modules and supervising dissertations.

Academic English preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

Key facts

Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time/via summer school plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is available to individuals and cohorts from schools/consortiums.

There are currently two core modules and a wide range of optional modules which can be taken from a range of MA programmes in the School of Education. All modules are 30 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Full-time students will be required to choose two modules per semester, while part-time students choose one per semester.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Individual applicants

This course offers a flexible approach for individual applicants. Modules can be studied in a variety of ways, including:

  • 10 weekday twilight sessions over the course of a semester or academic year
  • summer school (each module is taught over one week)
  • via online study

Cohort applicants

We welcome approaches from educational organisations looking for a bespoke programme for their staff. This can help create or develop a local network of educators, in collaboration with organisations such as partner, feeder or special schools, PRU, FE colleges and integrated services.

Our staff will deliver the modules on your premises or in a local community setting, usually for groups of 12 or more. Sessions can be scheduled to suit group members and may take place during twilight sessions after school, on inset or holiday days, or at weekends.



  • Practice-Based Inquiry
  • Dissertation


Subject area: Creativity, arts, literacies and learning

  • Literacies and Learning in and out of School
  • Creativity, Places and Spaces

Subject area: Education

  • Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research and Practice
  • Schools, Society and Mental Well Being
  • Mentoring Beginning Teachers

Subject area: Educational leadership and management

  • Leading Learning
  • Issues in Educational Leadership
  • Effective Leadership and Change in Education

Subject area: Learning, Technology and Education

  • Introduction to the Learning Sciences
  • The Social Contexts of Education Technology

Subject area: Special needs

  • Responding Mindfully to Challenging Behaviour
  • Communication and Literacy
  • Researching Special and Inclusive Education
  • Debating Special and Inclusive Education
  • Education for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Other ways to study

Summer School takes place over two weeks, starting in the last week of July; offering you the opportunity to study one or two 30-credit modules in intensive teaching blocks with academic support available during the subsequent period of self-guided study. One module can be taken via online study through MA Education (Flexible).

You can view an example timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the various online timetable systems.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent);

Applicants should have one year of full-time work or volunteer experience in an educational setting; a teaching qualification that includes a substantial placement-based component (for example, PGCE) will be considered acceptable experience

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 1, 2018
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