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Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, the nature of knowledge, and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding.

This programme offers an intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, systems and approaches, and their cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts. Postgraduates are able to participate in, and contest, changing discourses exemplified by reference to debate about values, personal and social engagement and how these relate to communities and societies.

Students have opportunities to develop their critical capabilities through the selection, analysis and synthesis of relevant perspectives, and to be able to justify different positions on educational matters. This award provides the knowledge, understanding and critical analysis to inform current and future professionals in education, for different areas and contexts.

The full-time MA Education Studies is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements.

We welcome applications from non-EU internationals for the full-time route and students are supported at every stage by MMU International.

Features and benefits of the course

  • Study at our £139 million Brooks Building which has world-class facilities for teaching and learning
  • Many Education Studies teaching staff are actively involved in research at our Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and experienced in PhD supervision
  • Close collaboration with ESRI, including guests speakers and conferences

Career prospects

The achievement of a Masters Degree in the Faculty of Education demonstrates abilities, capacities and skills that are highly valued by employers. MA Education Studies opens up diverse, potential career paths to a challenging and rewarding career in education as it provides good preparation for any educational role within public services and the private sector.

Some of the careers associated with Education Studies are: social services; research in education and social sciences; education management and administration; libraries; education publishing; museums and galleries education; charities; parents' advisory groups; learning support organisations; caring organisations; learning businesses and organisations; education policy and/or development work. Graduates also go on to adjacent careers, including in journalism, business and financial services.

Moreover, Education Studies is also a good option for qualified teachers who want to have a more critical and theoretical insight into educational issues and practices. If you are considering continuing with your studies on completion of your Masters by pursuing a research degree in Education (MPhil, EdD or PhD) then you will find MA in Education Studies a good foundation.

Course details

Our MA Education Studies is part of the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme. We also have a large number of student-professionals studying on our part-time Postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

This means you will join a lively and forward-thinking postgraduate taught community in the Faculty of Education of over a thousand full and part-time taught postgraduate students. We run some wider events for all our postgraduate taught students, such as the Methodology Fair, where there are multiple opportunities to network, and that provide enhanced opportunities for learning at postgraduate level.

Term 1 Units

  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design
  • Understanding Education in a Global Context

Term 2 Units

Students take two optional units from the following:

  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Independent Study
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Practice-Based Project
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings

Terms 2 and 3

  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Language requirements
International applicants need to demonstrate English language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 3 years
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: £8,500 per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: £14,500 per year.
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