MA / PGCert / PGDip

Education, Part-time

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September January and April
  • Course duration: Five years part-time (maximum)


Education at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This part-time, research-based degree will further your professional development and enhance your career prospects.

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.
  • Strong student support to help you achieve your goals.

What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

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.

This Masters degree 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.

  • Core modules

    Core modules

    The three core modules are compulsory for all full time and part time students with no  Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credits, and total 120 credits.

    Innovation in Teaching and Learning

    30 credit points

    This module will introduce the principles of theoretical and ethical issues that underpin approaches to the teaching and learning in institutions in various cultural settings. This module will offer you an opportunity to explore how curriculum design can promote innovation in teaching delivery and student learning and to consider critical ways to evaluate innovative teaching strategies and their effects on student learning.

    You will be able to analyse criteria for developing innovation and student interaction and discuss education policy and initiatives and scope for innovation. This module will help you to consider approaches to developing innovative classroom projects in your organisation.

    Research Skills

    30 credit Points

    This module will enable you to:

    • extend your knowledge and critical understanding of research and of research strategies, methods and techniques;
    • extend your competence in reading and critically appraising published research;
    • achieve a grasp of methodological and epistemological issues;
    • undertake relevant and focused research at postgraduate level;
    • develop a critical appreciation of the ethical and professional issues which attend investigation in professional contexts.

    For progression to Dissertation students must take this module.


    60 credit points

    This module is the final part of the Masters programme and available to those who have achieved success sufficient to be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma and have successfully completed Research Skills.

    The Masters’ dissertation is a substantial piece of academic writing around a negotiated and agreed research focus. You must satisfy criteria relating to skills, knowledge and understanding of an educational or training issue and engagement in pursuit of academic excellence. You will have an opportunity to develop comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of relevant theory, research, policy and/or practice through substantial and sustained, guided independent enquiry. This will develop the confidence and competence in writing to academic standards and conventions appropriate for publication.

  • Optional modules

    Optional modules

    All full time and part time students with no APL credits from other postgraduate courses at either NTU or other universities must complete two optional modules selected from these six modules.

    Applying Theory to Educational Research

    30 credit points

    This module aims to give an overview of some important and significant theorists in contemporary social/education theory, while encouraging students to think analytically about theoretical questions. This module offers the opportunity for participants to consider the role, purpose and contribution of educational theory on and for educational practice. Drawing on a range of theorists, for example but not exclusively, Etienne Wenger, Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Lev Vygotsky, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, and Sandra Harding, the module invites participants to critically consider their contributions to the practices of contemporary education across a range of learning environments.  Participants will be encouraged to critically compare theorists, defending or rejecting their usefulness for education.  This module enables students to demonstrate they can locate and contextualise their understandings of educational theorists through critical analysis, comparison and evaluation, to educational practice. Additionally, students will be able to critically evaluate their own development as an educational professional. This module has been designed for participants who want to incorporate different theoretical concepts into their work and provides an introduction to the process of selecting and applying theories in their work.

    Education Policy and Practice

    30 credit points

    This module is appropriate for all who are interested in the educational policy making process and its impact on teaching and learning at all levels and phases. It will enable you to:

    • Gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the nature of educational policy and its impact on practice in your own and other educational institutions.
    • Know how policy is contributed to at institutional, local, regional, national and global levels.
    • Understand how educational policy relates to international, national and local concerns.

    Leading Change in Education

    30 credit points

    For all involved in any enterprise it is essential to understand the change process.  In education, where there is significant externally-imposed change and consequent (or self-determined) institutional change those aspiring to lead in such need to be able to lead and manage the process of change effectively.

    Through this module, you will by examination of theories of change and examination of case studies explore the complex nature of change and how to lead it effectively.

    Thus, the aims of the module are:

    • to enable you to understand the nature of change and innovation and how they are led in educational institutions;
    • to enable you to reflectively and critically apply a number of theories relating to the leadership and management of change;
    • to give you an opportunity to examine critically (in a secure environment) the leadership of change in your own institution.
    • to provide an international context and comparison of change in education and how globalisation of policy and practice is shaping education institutions.

    The importance of a clear and well-considered approach to planning for and effecting change as well as the ability to respond appropriately to externally-imposed changes are central to this module.  Throughout the module theories relating to change - both from within education and from the world of business and commerce - will be utilised and explored as to their usefulness in application in educational institutions.

    Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Practice

    30 credit points

    This module provides an opportunity to explore a wide range of perspectives on Special Educational Needs (SEN) and inclusion. These will include the perspectives of children and young people, parents, professionals, social value groups, academics and government. The module enables you to examine national and international perspectives, presented through research, literature, SEN/Inclusion groups and individuals’ experiences. It will also consider some of the key issues in the language of SEN and inclusion, reflecting on the nature of their impact on learning and teaching practices in educational settings.

    Professional Development: Impact and Dissemination

    30 credit points

    This module is offered through independent learning for students who are working in an education setting, who have recently attended a course of professional development (PD). It provides the opportunity to critically analyse, reflect and evaluate the impact of this on professional practice. This module requires you to reflect critically on the impact of a specific course of PD on your own practice. You will use this PD course as a basis for developing new professional practice in your workplace and evaluating the impact of this. You will also be required to consider how your learning from the PD could be disseminated to others and develop a strategy for this.

    Social Justice and Education

    30 credit points

    The module analyses and evaluates sociological perspectives on justice, in/equality, aspects of social identity, inclusion and exclusion in education. It introduces a range of contentious issues and challenges for justice in education, and different sociological perspectives through which they can be analysed. There will be opportunity to bring your own views and experience to bear in these debates, while introducing you to new concepts, theories and methods.

    The aims of the module are:

    • To develop coherent and holistic understanding of theories of social justice
    • To develop knowledge and understanding of issues of social justice in/through various aspects of education based on relevant research literature
    • To enable you to reflexively draw upon, apply and assess concepts and approaches relating to social justice in your understanding of education, and inform your action to address social justice issues.

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.


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 degree 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.

100% of our Education Masters postgraduates are employed in graduate level obs or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17, Postgraduate All).

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.

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.

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.

Applicants can use 60 credits from a PGCE or 120 credits from a PGDE towards the MA Education

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.

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.

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.

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

Fees and funding

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)


£1,167 per 30 credit module, £2,334 per 60 credit module.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page or our funding page will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Study route



£2,417 per 30 credit module, £4,834 per 60 credit module.

Funding your studies

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

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Still need help?

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