MA / PGCert / PGDip

Education, full-time

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time

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The general aim of the course is to produce graduates who are autonomous, able to carry out ethical research studies in different educational contexts, and who can recognised the importance of the application of education theories and research to understand education debates and policies across a range of educational settings and contexts.

This course is designed for a wide range of people interested in education, such as those who currently, or are wanting to, work in an education setting or education policy or research contexts. These education settings range from early years to higher education and all sectors in between and beyond formal education. Therefore the course is designed to provide different modes and routes that are suited to the breadth of potential students who have a range of expertise and experience. As such it has a generic approach to the modules which can then be applied locally and in different contexts.

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 degree allows you to investigate a range of issues impacting on education in general and your own field in particular. We want you to challenge your thinking.

  • Core modules

    Core modules

    Education Policy and Practice

    30 credit points

    You will develop your specialised knowledge of educational policy, taking into account current debates around education in this country and beyond. You will consider the ideologies that drive reform in a range of contexts and the implications of their implementation. The focus will be on policy analysis and on processes of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation and the various influences on these processes at global, national, regional and local levels. The module will explore contemporary education reforms within the UK and internationally in terms of their origins, orientations and consequences for educational institutions. Students will critically examine the wider implications of policy enactment, including some of the other influences on educational establishments. The governance of educational institutions and the power of the state is a central element of this module and the issues which arise from international influences. Political, social, economic, technological and ethical issues around educational policy-making are examined and critically analysed. Global trends and their effects on educational policy will be considered.

    Research Skills

    30 credit Points

    This module prepares you for the dissertation module (60 credit) and for continuing to conduct research within your chosen career. This module will:

    • prepare you to conduct rigorous and ethical research;
    • extend your knowledge and critical understanding of research and of research strategies, methods and techniques;
    • develop your understanding of the methodological and epistemological aspects of educational research;
    • develop your philosophical approach to research;
    • develop a critical appreciation of the ethical and professional issues in educational research.

    Dissertation

    60 credit points

    This module is the final part of the Masters programme and available to those who have achieved 120 level 7 credits including those for either Research Skills (30cr) or research in a professional context (20cr). The Masters dissertation is a substantial piece of academic writing around a research focus that will be agreed once a research proposal has been submitted. You must satisfy criteria relating to skills, knowledge and understanding of an educational or training issue, and research 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 a substantial and sustained guided independent research project. This will develop confidence and competence in writing to academic standards and conventions.

    Social Justice and Education

    30 credit points

    This module critically analyses and evaluates sociological perspectives on justice, aspects of social identity, equality, inequality, inclusion and exclusion in education. The module introduces a range of contentious issues and challenges for justice in education, and different sociological perspectives and lenses through which these issues and challenges can be critically analysed. Throughout the module, there will be opportunities to bring your own views and experience to bear in these debates, while introducing you to new concepts, theories and methods.

    Curriculum Innovations

    30 credit points

    You will explore the fundamental theories of curriculum innovation. Through this exploration, you will start to consider how research evidence informs educational change. Through a combination of desktop research, skills and project planning you will develop an innovative practice related to curriculum development, process or product, for future enactment in your chosen educational setting.

    You will complete two modules in term 1 and term 2, with the dissertation started in term 3 and submitted at the end of August. The full time route has been designed over three terms to enable you to achieve 180 credits in an academic year.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

While completing your master's you will study in a number of ways including:

  • blended learning
  • our virtual online learning environment (NOW)
  • teaching at your own institution (by prior arrangement)
  • learning through practical experience in an educational setting
  • study sets.

The programme content reflects the changing education environment and is subject to regular review and development.

Workplace experience

You are expected to have been employed or volunteered in an educational setting prior to beginning the course.

Study modes

Taught sessions and tutorials are at our Clifton campus.

A part-time study mode is also available.

Assessment

A wide range of creative assessment strategies are used in the course, which will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise you will need to develop an effective professional profile relevant to, or progression within, their desired career area. These include:

  • Seminar presentations;
  • Research posters;
  • Critical reviews of published research;
  • Extended critical reflections on your own practice and professional development experiences;
  • Research study in an area of your choice.

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 PhD.

The MA Education programme is a professional development programme and does not confer 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 MA Education postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2016/17).

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.

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.

International qualifications

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

Please note that these fees are for 2019 entry and may be subject to change.

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)

Full-time

£7,000

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

Please note that these fees are for 2019 entry and may be subject to change.

Study route

International

Full-time

£14,500

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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