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MA Education (Offsite)

The Nottingham Institute of Education at Nottingham Trent University offers education practitioners the opportunity to study for MA credits based within their own work context. MA Education Offsite provides individual Level 7 modules that can be delivered to groups of practitioners either online or face-to-face within their educational setting. This Offsite provision enables practitioners to engage with meaningful Continuous Professional Development, while simultaneously providing opportunities

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Credits and awards

By completing 2 modules, practitioners can accumulate credits to achieve:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education = 60 credits

Practitioners can APEL credits* gained through Offsite modules to complete:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education = 120 credits
  • MA Education = 180 credits

(either studying full-time or part-time)

*APEL credits can only amount to 2/3 of the credits required for an award.


Independent Study (30 credit points)

This module is ideal for supporting practitioners (for example, teachers, Senior Leaders etc) to engage in meaningful research, which can enable them to develop or evaluate an area of education leadership, policy or practice. Practitioners will learn how to undertake research to analyse, evaluate and reflect on a particular area of education leadership, policy or practice. Each practitioner will produce a 6,000-word report, which will include a review of current literature in the field, how they collected data and an analysis of their findings.

This module can be adapted and used in different ways through negotiation with the module lead. For example, an education setting may wish to select an area of education leadership, policy or practice for a group of practitioners undertaking the module to investigate, which might relate to their School Improvement Plan. Areas to research could include:

  • evaluating the impact or enactment of education policy
  • supporting practitioners to develop their classroom or behaviour management
  • developing or evaluating CPD training for teachers, teaching assistants or support staff
  • developing or evaluating a curricula approach or initiative.

Early Career Teachers (30 credit points)

This module is ideal for supporting Early Career Teachers (ECTs) to reflect critically on their practice. Practitioners will examine and reflect upon key learning experiences, the impact these had on their professional identity and practice and plan for future career progression. Each practitioner will produce a reflective portfolio (4,500 words) and record a 10-minute presentation.

Reflecting on Professional Development (30 credit points)

This module prepares students to critically reflect on their professional learning arising from recent and on-going courses of professional development. The module is for a small study group who are taught within their educational setting, known as ‘offsite’. The module involves some face to face sessions delivered offsite, several independent learning tasks and supported by online resources.

The module aims to explore how teacher reflection can be used to support professional learning by considering how professional learning activities impact individual practice. The module also enables students to develop collaborative professionalism within different educational settings.

Module teaching and support

For each module, there will be four taught sessions and tutorial time allocated totalling 10 hours of contact time. Practitioners will be supported by an experienced lecturer in the field and will have access to the library at NTU on any campus or electronically. Additional resources and materials will also be available on the NTU virtual learning environment (NOW).


Group rate of £1250 for up to five people. £250 per person thereafter.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have achieved a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, at undergraduate level in a relevant area of study. Applicants with a third class honours degree will be considered depending on their experience. Find out more about entry requirements.

Contact us for more information

Gemma Heathcote (MA Education Offsite Coordinator/ Module Lead):

Gaye Tyler-Merrick (MA Education Course Leader): 

Michele Taylor (Administrator): or call +44 (0)115 848 4460