MArts Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MArts Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


This course combines the academic study of education policies, systems, contexts and practices, with a practical focus on career development in related areas.

Studying education will develop your understanding of what it means to learn and how this is framed by wider cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts.

This degree builds on a long tradition of creative and dynamic programmes at a School of Education with over 200 years of experience in the field. You will be taught by staff who have been recognised with awards for their teaching and have international reputations for their research.

Your degree will allow you to engage with debates and develop broad perspectives on issues such as:

  • how people learn through multiple modes and in different sites
  • the role of established and emerging technologies
  • international education and the impact of globalisation
  • equality, inclusion and social justice in 21st-century education

You will be encouraged to question current educational ideas and practices and to challenge the assumptions that underpin them. Our aim is that, as an education graduate, you will be well equipped to understand and influence a range of educational processes at local, national and international levels.

The critical focus of the degree means that you will develop skills which can prepare you for a wide range of education-related careers. Through optional modules, the course offers a strong foundation for those aspiring to teach, for example, in primary schools. It also builds a broad theoretical and practical understanding of educational research methods suitable for those aiming to enter the field of educational research.

Year one

In year one you will begin to study a number of strands that run throughout the three years of the degree in subjects such as education and society; education: past, present and future; learning through the 21st century, and contemporary debates in education.

There will be a module to address academic, career-focused and study skills. This will include not only individual meetings with personal tutors but also group sessions and assessed work.

We aim to develop broad perspectives on education and therefore offer you the opportunity to take up to 20 credits from outside of the school from languages study, Nottingham Open Online Courses (NOOC) or appropriate modules from sociology, politics or psychology.

Year two

In year two you will continue to study the core strands of the programme. There will again be a module on employability skills and further opportunity to take up to 20 credits from outside of the school.

You will also have the option to go on one of a range of assessed placements in wider education settings, for example, museums, galleries, NGOs, social services etc. For students with an interest in a career in teaching, an assessed school-based placement will be available.

Year three

In year three you will draw together your learning and undertake a specific research methods module. You will write a dissertation that addresses topics in either international education; education and society; learning and teaching; or contemporary debates.

You can take up to 10 credits from outside of the school from languages study, NOOC or modules from sociology, politics or psychology.

Year four

In year four there will be an advanced research methods module and a substantial research project.

Key facts

  • We are ranked 4th in the UK and 22nd in the world for education by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • Our staff are experts in their fields and have been awarded student-nominated Lord Dearing awards for the quality of their teaching
  • You will gain practical skills and enhance your employability by undertaking an assessed placement as part of your degree

Entry requirements

A-levels: AAB

GCSEs : GCSE English and maths, 4 (C) or above

English language requirements

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

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a pre-sessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.


Typical year one module


  • Joining the Academic Community
  • The Purposes of Education
  • History of Education
  • Learning and Development
  • Big Ideas in Education: Inclusion, Equalities, Rights and Justice

Modules from outside the school or one from:

  • Literacy, Learning and Education
  • Mathematics and Science in Schools

Typical year two modules


  • Developing Skills Together
  • Education Beyond Borders
  • Researching Education: Key Studies and Methods
  • Learning in the Digital Future
  • Big Ideas in Education: Curriculum and the Politics of Knowledge

Modules outside the school or:

  • Assessed placement - focus on reflection and sharing with colleagues

Typical year three modules


  • The Developing Professional
  • New Modes and Sites for Learning
  • Big Ideas in Education: the Datafication of Education
  • Research Methodology and Design in Education
  • Dissertation

Modules outside the school including wider participation or one from:

  • Assessment in Education
  • Inclusive Education

Typical year four modules


  • The Changing Nature of Education Work
  • Big Ideas in Education: Marketization, Privatisation and Philanthropy
  • Advanced Research Methods in Education
  • Research Project


This course aims to provide a strong basis for a wide range of further education, training and employment opportunities. You could progress to a career in a range of fields including:

  • Local government
  • Civil service
  • Educational organisation bodies
  • Education in museums and prisons
  • Charities and NGOs
  • Community and educational theatre
  • Educational administration at school and university level
  • Educational marketing, PR and journalism
  • Education business and commerce
  • Primary and Early Years teaching (subsequent to gaining Qualified Teacher Status)

Employability skills are woven into the programme in each year. The personal and academic development modules will develop self-study and reflection, while the work-based placement opportunities offer you a chance to experience working in an educational environment.

You will develop many transferable skills that are attractive to employers such as verbal and written communication, teamwork, ICT ability, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Average starting salary and career progression

93.8% of undergraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,600 with the highest being £25,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 27, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
4 years
Full time
9,250 GBP
£9,250 (UK/EU) - £16,350 (international)
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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