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.
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.
The 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
- Peter Sorensen (contact for academic enquiries)
- Dr Mary Biddulph
- Dr Max Biddulph
- Ann Smith
- Tony Fisher
- Dr Rupert Knight
- Dr Carmen Mohammed
- Dr Mary Bailey
The staff listed above teach modules within the education stream. They are joined by a larger team of tutors teaching on optional modules.
- 200 years of experience in the field of education
- 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
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.
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
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.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:
UK and EU fee status: part-time
- Start date:25 January 2018
- Application deadline:4 January 2018
UK and EU fee status: part-time, summer school
- Start date: July 2018 - to be confirmed
- Application deadline: 1 July 2018 - to be confirmed
International fee status: full and part-time
- Start date:24 September 2018
- Application deadline:13 August 2018
UK and EU fee status: full and part-time
- Start date:24 September 2018
- Application deadline:3 September 2018
UK and EU fee status: part-time
- Start date:24 January 2019
- Application deadline:3 January 2019
UK, EU and international fee status: part-time, summer school
- Start date: July 2019 - to be confirmed
- Application deadline:1 July 2019 - to be confirmed
Nottingham PGCE graduates
University of Nottingham PGCE graduates who started their course between September 2010 and September 2013, will have received an automatic offer for this course and do not need to submit a new application. If you would like to accept your offer, please contact our admissions office with details of when you would like to start. The automatic offer is valid for five years so you will need to apply again if this time has passed.
PGCEi graduates will not have received an automatic offer so will need to submit a new application (alumni do not have to pay the application fee).
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.
- Practice-Based Inquiry
Creativity, arts, literacies and learning
- Literacies and Learning in and out of School
- Creativity, Places and Spaces
- Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research and Practice
- Schools, Society and Mental Well Being
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Years
- Mentoring Beginning Teachers
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 Educational Technology
- Relationships and Behaviour
- Communication and Literacy
- Researching Special and Inclusive Education
- Debating Special and Inclusive Education
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).
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
99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. 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.
2:2 (or international equivalent); plus a year of work/volunteer experience in an educational setting, or a teaching qualification that includes a substantial placement-based component such as a PGCE
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated January 28, 2018