Master of Arts (MA) in Education

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Program Description

Master of Arts (MA) in Education

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Master of Arts (MA) in Education

Course Details

  • Course Name: Master in Education
  • Course Type: MA - Master in Education
  • Course Sector: Education
  • Course Duration: 24 months
  • Credits: 180 UK CATS / 90 EU EC
  • Entry Points Per Year: October start only (2018)
  • Next Starting Date(s): October 2018
  • Degree or Qualification: Master of Arts in Education Accredited by University of Brighton (QAA) - under validation 2018
  • Location: Apeldoorn
  • Master Tuition Fee: UK/EU €7.500 ( €3,750 Per Year) | International €12.600- (€6,300- per year)

Scholarship Award

Wittenborg Graduates: €3.000- Partner Institutes: €2.000- Gold Award: €1.500-

A Master of Arts in Education – a Research Degree through Action Learning!

Wittenborg naturally adds intercultural, international and diversity dimensions to this 2 year Master degree program.

"You will learn to Engage with Postgraduate Study, develop and explore Critical Perspectives on Education, within their own personally chosen area. Action Learning - You will conduct Professional Learning through Enquiry, and be led by experienced supervisors through the design and implementation of your Research Project."

  • 2 Year Master: The MA in Education is offered fully in English and spans 2 years as a part-time program for working students in the Netherlands and full-time for international students, who are offered additional modules and work experience.
  • Is the MA in Education for you? - The program is suitable for anyone who is working in education either in the Netherlands or abroad. It is particularly suitable for teachers and education staff working in international education, or international streams at primary, secondary and higher level schools, colleges or even universities.
  • A personalized study - The Education MA ensures a coherent and supportive student experience throughout the course which comprises modules that can be utilized in a variety of different ways and contexts, ensuring a bespoke and relevant journey for all.

Studying your MA in Education at Wittenborg, you will develop an in-depth and critical understanding of theory and research relevant to your own specific professional needs.

  • You will graduate with an in-depth and critical understanding of theory and research. Modules are designed to complement and extend your professional commitments, and teaching and assignment submissions are scheduled to fit around your existing work.

Wittenborg has been working with regional government and education providers to develop a master degree for practitioners and bachelor's graduates who wish to develop their careers in the education sector, especially from an international perspective.

This MA course is under validation by the University of Brighton and will be offered at Wittenborg in Apeldoorn as from the 2018-2019 academic year. The Brighton program has emerged as a direct result of the University of Brighton's work with practitioners and senior leaders in educational establishments. The course builds on existing structures to further integrate academic study with work-based learning and research.

As with the other University of Brighton accredited Master programs offered at Wittenborg, this degree will be delivered jointly by both institutes.

Course Content: Curriculum / Course Structure

  • The program and modules are responsive to individual circumstances, settings, and situations and designed to complement and extend professional roles and commitments; the program can be tailored to your interests and professional development needs whether you are a recently qualified teacher looking to return to study, a school mentor ready to explore your role in the context of our MA program, you are interested in a curriculum subject or particular aspect of pedagogy (in the public or private sector), a middle-leader keen to make improvements to your department or a senior leader looking for a transformative learning experience.
  • The structure ensures a coherent and supportive student experience throughout the program which comprises core modules that can be applied in a variety of different areas. Our flexible program reflects the expectation that practitioners work in wider networks with colleagues and alongside expert facilitators, including the university teaching team.
  • The flexibility of our program means that studying for the Education MA allows you to pursue your individual interests and professional development needs across the entire course.
  • The number of modules taken enables a manageable workload as well as further opportunities for formative assessment.
  • You will learn through a mixture of lectures, taught sessions, tutorials, online learning, group work, independent study and through work-related activities.


Year 1

  • Engaging with Postgraduate Study (20 CAT / 10 EC)
  • Critical Perspectives on Education (40 CAT / 20 EC)
  • Professional Learning through Enquiry (20 CAT / 10 EC)

Year 2

  • Designing your Research Proposal (40 CAT / 20 EC)
  • Research Project (60 CAT / 30 EC)

Career Prospects

This course will further your professional development, allow you to progress your expertise within the field of education and enhance your employability for leadership roles.

Enhanced knowledge of educational issues and specialist areas of interest are attractive to a wide range of employers and typical career moves after graduation include promotion to senior leadership teams, advisory roles or promotion into a different education sector including those with the capacity to influence policy.

Our graduates have commented on the ways that the MA in Education has positioned them for senior and leadership roles, for making a career move and improving their skills and professional potential.

The course also provides a springboard for further study at a doctoral level, either through Ph.D. or EdD routes.

MA conference at University of Brighton

Every June the University of Brighton hosts an education research conference, in Brighton (UK) as part of the MA program. It provides an opportunity for both full-time and part-time MA students to learn about local practitioner research findings and to network with colleagues and local partners as well as EdD and Ph.D. students too. All Wittenborg MA Education students are welcome to participate. Wittenborg arranges a yearly visit to the UK campus, as part of its student support services.

Entry requirements

Degree and experience

Good honours degree (at least a 2:2) or equivalent.


You need to be working in, or have regular access to, a relevant professional situation appropriate to an MA in Education research area.

The current professional context is one indicator of potential and applicants must demonstrate that their career/employment is conducive to engagement with a masters program. We expect that the applicant should be sufficiently motivated by an aspect of their professional practice and have potential areas of interest and study.

The personal statement

In this section, you should include details of your educational interests alongside your professional context experience which is an entry requirement for the program. You should also demonstrate, through examples, potential areas of interest and study. It is vital that this is written in an appropriate professional tone. Applications will only be considered if the personal statement is complete.

Making your application

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure that pre-course preparations can be made. For full-time applications please submit by 1 June and for part-time applications before the end of the academic year. If your application is successful you will be invited to interview which will provide an opportunity to further explore your rationale for the study and to discuss elements of your personal statement. Interviews are held regularly throughout the year.

Recognition of prior learning

Masters (level-7) credits which have been achieved through the previous study may be used for entry to the course. Many PGCE and some BA programs carry up to 60 level-7 credits, and these may contribute towards the 180 credits required for the master's award.

Students with level-7 credits usually join the MA program from the third core module.

Claims for recognition of prior learning will be considered in line with university guidance and each applicant will be considered on their individual merits.

Prospective candidates are asked to contact the Admissions Office by email to discuss these options.

For non-native speakers of English

Proven competence in written and spoken English at an appropriate level of fluency equal to IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components.

English language requirements are in line with the requirements as described in the Code of Conduct for International Students in Dutch Higher Education.

Students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Pre-Master Program.

Application Deadlines

International students who do not live in the European Union (EU) must apply 6-8 weeks before the entry date of choice.

Students living in the EU must apply 2-4 weeks before the entry date of choice.

In case you do not apply before the deadline, your application will be automatically changed into an application for enrolment to the next block unless you desire otherwise.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
24 months
Full time
7,500 EUR
UK/EU €7.500 ( €3,750 Per Year), International €12.600- (€6,300- per year)
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Netherlands - Apeldoorn, Gelderland
Start date : Oct. 2019
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Netherlands - Apeldoorn, Gelderland
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