This research-based course is designed for those working in the field of education at all levels. It is suitable for anyone working in the education sector, including teachers, lecturers and administrators working in schools, post-compulsory or university sectors. Although it is not a teaching degree and does not provide QTS, it is ideal for those who have completed an accredited teacher-training programme or degree and wish to study the field of education further.
Why choose this course?
- Flexible teaching and learning methods allow you to study in the evening and at home.
- Learn from experienced tutors who are leading researchers and practitioners in the education field.
- Develop understanding of your field through independent research.
- An opportunity to focus your learning on a specialised pathway. Specialisation takes place once you have successfully completed initial modules.
- Strong student support to help you achieve your goals.
Scholarships and bursaries available!
Students on this course are also eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary. For full details on eligibility and how much is available visit the fees and funding section of our website.
Book onto one of our postgraduate and professional open days.
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What will I study?
This is a demanding and exciting research-based programme. It requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking, discussion, reflection and writing, enabling you to take the next, critical step in your professional learning.
The course allows you to investigate a range of issues impacting on education in general and your own organisation in particular. We want you to challenge your thinking.
Each module has an assignment attached to it that is linked to your own experience, applying theory and practice and ensuring that your own working practices gain practical benefits from your study.
You will study two core modules:
- Research skills
You can then choose from a range of other modules to complete the MA Education award.
The range of modules on offer currently includes the following, with new modules being developed all the time to meet changing needs:
- Behaviour Management: learner and practice team
- Education Policy and Practice
- Leading Change in Education
- Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Practice
- Principles and Practice in Early Years
- Reflection on CPD Experience.
Certain combinations of modules will determine if your final award is the generic MA Education, or one of four specialist pathways:
- MA Early Years
- MA Educational Leadership and Management
- MA Special and Inclusive Education
- MA Teaching and Learning
How will I learn?
We offer a number of flexible ways to study, with modules being taught by one of the following methods:
- Part-time attendance at NTU
- Blended learning
- Our virtual online learning environment (NOW)
The programme content reflects the changing education environment and is subject to regular review and development.
Part-time attendance, at our Clifton campus, is usually one evening a week. You will also be expected to study independently between these sessions.
A full-time study mode is also available. See the MA Education, Full-time course pages for more details.
Modules are assessed, there are no formal examinations. Students will also work on a number of different small scale research projects based in their work setting, literature review and a research based dissertation.
Links with industry
We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways:
- We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
- We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
- You will have the opportunity to have a work placement (if not already in paid or voluntary employment).
- Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
The MA Education is increasingly seen as both academic enhancement and a means to facilitate career progress. Many graduates have gone on to successful careers within the education sector, pursuing senior roles, while others have continued studying to complete a Professional Doctorate, an MPhil or a PhD.
96% of our Education postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2013/14).
The MA Education programme is not a teacher training course and will not give you Qualified Teacher Status.
You are expected to be in employed in an educational setting or have arranged access to a suitable educational environment. Therefore placements are not required.
You will undertake research and reflection within this educational environment to support module sessions and assignments.
You will need a good degree, at a minimum of 2.2 from a recognised university.
Work experience is preferred, but applications will be considered without it. We can find placements during the course for students without experience.
A Disclosure and Barring Service check is not required for this course.
How to apply
Applications should be made directly to the University via the online application form.
You initially apply to the MA Education course. Your preferred specialist modules are discussed and confirmed once you enrol. These may lead to one of the named specialist pathways.
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying directly to NTU. Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time.
- September 2016
- September 2017
Postgraduate open events
During our open events you will be able to talk to staff about the courses in more detail and find out about course content, modules, entry requirements, fees and funding and modes of study. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Find out more and book your place on the next Postgraduate and Professional Open Event.
Fees and funding
This course is covered under the Postgraduate and Professional Course fees structure.
Please see our funding and bursaries page for the tuition fee for MA / MSc Education.
Diversity of our students
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.
English language entry requirements
See the English language entry requirements for courses at the Nottingham Institute of Education and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University.
Pre-sessional English courses
We offer Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) courses from 6 to 30 weeks for students who need help achieving these requirements. Even if you have already met the minimum entry requirements you could still benefit, as many students do, from the study skills and orientation to the UK education system that is offered by a short PEAP course.
For more information on PEAP including dates, fees and English language entry requirements for these courses, please visit our website.
In-sessional English language support
In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200