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Study mode

Part time

Duration

2 years

Start date

OCT-21

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Studies Teacher / Trainer Assessment

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Are you a professional practitioner working in an educational setting? Are you curious about the teaching process, with a determination to understand and adapt your work to new challenges and different landscapes in education? Are you critical of the intersections between policy and practice? Are you ready to meet others who share your commitment and critical engagement with educational ideas? We hope that our MA in Education will excite and challenge you in equal measure.

About this course

If you are a graduate working in education and looking for academic and professional development and experience in research education, this could be the course for you. It is flexible, part-time, and is designed to be suitable for busy professionals. You can aim for the full MA degree (180 credits) from the start or begin with the smaller Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and stop there or build credits on afterwards towards the MA. You may already have some credits (e.g. from a PGCE or a CPD course) which you may be able to use towards the MA, subject to certain conditions.

There are five modules of this Masters Course. The course materials are designed to encourage you to interpret the assignments in ways that will adapt to your current professional role and enable you to articulate your personal learning agenda. The tutors on the Research Education team will help you to formulate key research questions through reading that will extend your thinking and through reflection on your professional context.

Throughout your studies you will be questioning taken-for-granted assumptions about evidence-based practice, exploring the implications for alternatives and sharing the results of your research in order to influence professional practice. Our students are work-based learners who include Head Teachers, NQTs and RQTs from school settings. We have also had students who are Drama Practitioners, Musicians, Artists, Social Workers, FE Lecturers and work-based trainers in the industry. The essential criterion is that your work involves educational intervention and assessment in broad terms.

The course brings together those who have a common passion for education. If you have a keen interest in your own learning and the learning of others, a curiosity about the teaching process itself and a determination to understand and improve your own working context, then this course will excite and challenge in equal measure.

Careers & Further Study

Many graduates of this course have found their career progression enhanced as a direct or indirect result of following this course. More significantly, they have been directly in involved in research education and developed these skills professionally in an educational context. Through the building of systematic enquiry skills and incisive critical engagement with educational issues, graduates of the MA in Education have demonstrated that they have enhanced their practice and made a direct impact on their schools as learning communities.

Completing the MA Education can open the door to study for a PhD or professional doctorate such as the EdD, both of which can be studied here at BGU. Some graduates move on to teaching positions in higher education or to leadership positions within an educational organisation.

Modules

Research Skills is a core module intended to provide you with sufficient theoretical, conceptual and philosophical grounding in qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research designs to become increasingly informed and productive members of your own professional and scholarly communities. The module will provide you with the research skills to commission or carry out and critically evaluate rigorous research in the field of education. The Research Skills Module is placed as fourth in a series of modules to act as a preparation to support the more extensive research being undertaken in the 15,000 word dissertation. Although theories and methods in educational research are embedded in the intended learning outcomes of all MA modules the emphasis here will be on methodologies and a strong focus on research ethics to include the submission of a proposal application to the University Ethics committee.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£1250 per 30 credit module. 20% discount available for those with a 1st or 2:1 degree classification. 30% discount available for BGU alumni. Only 1 discount available per person.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Standard full-time fee is £14,000 and it is a guide for part time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a good first degree (or equivalent). MA in Education Students need to be working in an educational setting.