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MA Education (Offsite)

The Nottingham Institute of Education offers professionals the opportunity to study for a postgraduate award based within their own educational setting.

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Our MA Education course helps develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students.

Credits and Awards

You can accumulate credits to achieve a postgraduate award.

Awards include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education = 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education = 120 credits
  • MA Education (final 60 credits includes Research Methods and Dissertation) = 180 credits
  • Approved Masters level credits from other university courses (APEL credits*), including recent PGCE programmes may be transferred to NTU and counted towards an award.*

*APEL credits can only amount to 2/3 of the credits required for an award. You can apply for these after achievement of credits gained through the MA Education Course.


Educational setting-based study modules and credits Independent Study (10 and 20 credits)

This module enables teachers to choose any area of interest to investigate through a small-scale action research project.

Professional Development: Impact and Dissemination (30 credits)

We offer this module to provide an opportunity for accreditation after students have attended an externally delivered or setting-based course of professional development. This enables students to reflect on the learning from the course and evaluate the impact of this on their professional practice.

They will complete a portfolio of evidence that will be assessed at Masters level.

This will include:

a) reflection on their professional learning;

b) a short-researched paper on a topic from the course;

c) analysis of the impact of the course on their professional practice;

d) a dissemination tool to share their new knowledge, e.g. a short briefing paper for governors or a power point for colleagues.

We also offer a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and PhD

The Doctorate in Education is aimed at practitioners with at least five years’ experience as education professionals. It is a flexible course that explores the complex relationships between knowledge, theory and practice in the professional setting. Weekend workshops provide a vibrant research environment in which to explore and develop chosen research themes.

Experience has shown us that busy professionals interested in a doctoral qualification prefer this route, although NTU does have experienced supervisors who are able to support PhD studies.

Further study information

Postgraduate study can be completed at any stage, i.e. PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MA Education. Further study may include independent study modules, or taught modules at NTU. If students wish to complete a full MA in Education, they will need to complete the research methods module and dissertation which are taught during evening sessions at NTU’s Clifton Campus.

Contact us for more information: or call +44 (0)115 848 4460