The MA Programme in Education engages with education across the age range from early years to adulthood and is relevant to a wide diversity of educational settings. There is a strong focus on social justice and inclusion and the opportunity to reflect on your own professional practice throughout the courses.

The course offers a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. Specialisms in Autism and SEND are also available. Individual MA modules can also be taken as Continued Professional Development (CPD). Accreditation of Prior Learning is also possible within the all the MA programmes at LSBU. If you have completed EIC and SEND options at LSBU you are a third of the way there! (APEL from other universities is also possible).

Students will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from a wide range of educational backgrounds. The close association between the Centre for Educational Research and the MA provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community. Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are available to participants with an appropriate background and this should be discussed with the admissions tutor who will also explain the CPD processes on request.

Modes of study:

  • Within a partnership school as part of a school cohort.
  • As an independent student.

The programme's distinctive and innovative feature is its school-based character. For most participants, their schools and colleges have always been the context of their study. This programme allows the work that participants do, as they write about issues of central concern to themselves and their institutions, to be properly valued. It places much importance upon the value of a professional practice approach to study at Masters level, allowing all aspects of this practice to inform and to be informed by a critical reading of the literature, by theory and by relevant research.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time 3 years September Southwark Campus


Year 1

Students take two of the optional modules list below in year 1

  • Equality and achievement
  • Language and literacy across the curriculum
  • Teaching and learning
  • Leadership and management
  • School effectiveness and school improvement
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Understanding autism and learning
  • Autism individuality and identity
  • Part 1 SENCO National Award
  • Part 2 SENCO National Award

Year 2

In addition to one of the modules listed above

  • Research Methods (compulsory)

Year 3

  • Dissertation (compulsory)


The MA Programme in Education is designed to deepen your understanding of working with pupils /students in any educational setting, across the age range of adult education. It is therefore relevant to employment in a school, college, alternative education settings and to work with disabled students at college and university. Content is applicable to teachers and staff in non- teaching roles, such as mentor, disability officer or learning support assistant. The content is also relevant to staff in strategic and operational leadership roles.

The programme is designed to complement and support all current career and professional development initiatives and frameworks. It will naturally extend to the provision of evidence required for addressing the Professional Standards for teachers and hence progression throughout the teaching profession.

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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Access to the workplace (including voluntary work) is essential for most of the modules within the MA.

Teaching and learning

Students also have the opportunity of benefiting from engagement with the research profile of the Education Department, with its particular expertise in global citizenship and sustainable development education, equality and inclusion, and the personal and social development of young people in schools.

You'll benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the university. You'll have access to a supervisor during the dissertation phase.

Entry requirements

Applicants are mostly practicing teachers across the age range from pre-school to post-compulsory education. Our experience tells us that students benefit most when participants reflect the whole of the school community and we welcome applications from other suitably qualified education professionals, for example, mentors or other support professionals.

Applicants to the Programme in Education MA should have a good honors degree at 2.2 or above.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
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