MA / PGCert / PGDip

Education, Part-time

Student
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: Five years part-time (maximum)

Education at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This part-time, research-based course will further your professional development and enhance your career prospects. The flexibility of the programme allows you to enter at your chosen level and complete awards at your own pace and in your own subject area.

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.

What you'll 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.

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
  • Module structure

    Modules

    You will study two core modules:

    • Research skills: Develop the practical skills and critical analysis required to carry out research.
    • Dissertation: Produce a substantial piece of academic writing around a negotiated and agreed research focus.

    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 Issues

    Explore the contexts of behaviour and behavioural issues and evaluate potential solutions.

    Education Policy and Practice

    Understand the nature of educational policy and its impact on practice in your own and other educational institutions.

    Independent Study

    You will be able to select a small scale project to investigate an area of practice that is of current professional interest.

    Innovation in Teaching and Learning: Independent Learning

    Explore and critically assess ways to promote innovation in teaching delivery and student learning.

    Leading Change in Education

    Examine the theories of change through case studies exploring the complex nature of change and how to lead it effectively.

    Mentoring in an Educational Setting

    Examine the purposes, strategies and theories applying to the mentor role, and the institutional issues these raise in schools, colleges and universities.

    Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Practice

    Examine the language of SEN / inclusion through research, literature, groups and individuals’ experience.

    Principles and Practice in Early Years

    Research early years practice to support the development of enhanced reflective and specialist practice in your own setting.

    SEN Intervention: Managing Change, Measuring Impact

    Explore methods of intervention which support increased participation of SEN learner(s) in a mainstream education setting.

    Sustaining a Community of Learners in an Early Years Context

    Develop your professional practice with regard to sustaining innovative and reflective practice by critically evaluating learning opportunities.

    Reflect ion on Continuing Professional Development Experience

    Explore issues concerning the impact of CPD on individual and institutional practice provides the basis or professional reflection.

    Research in a Professional Context

    Extend your knowledge and critical understanding of research and of research strategies, methods and techniques.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

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.

Workplace experience

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.

Study modes

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.

Assessment

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.

Careers and employability

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.

The MA Education programme is not a teacher training course and will not give you Qualified Teacher Status.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

96% of our Education Masters postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2014/15).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You will need:

  • a good degree, at a minimum of 2.2 from a recognised university.

Other requirements:

  • 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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

You will need:

  • a good degree, at a minimum of 2.2 from a recognised university.

Other requirements:

  • 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.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Tuition fees

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Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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