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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Studies Teaching / Training (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you are a graduate working in education and looking for academic and professional development and experience in research education. It is flexible, part-time (for most participants) 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.

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



The dissertation demands enquiry and research skills, intellectual awareness of issues, discriminating use of research methodologies and refinement of argument, all at the highest level of scholarship. Supported by supervisors and prepared through workshops and action learning sets on research methodology, you will face the challenge of developing a sustained, accurate, subtle and reflective argument on an educational issue, with a view to impacting on policy, practice or pupil progress. Dissertations will be available through the library for future reference, through open line sources with options to link to student-generated websites. The purpose is to increase your potential to influence future enquiry as well as to have an impact on the your own and others? practice. Due consideration will be given to ethical guidelines concerning anonymity and safeguarding throughout the work. The Dissertation may include the option to undertake a desk-top research project, with attendant focus on the learning outcomes. This is a core module and forms the culmination of the degree of MA in Education at Bishop Grosseteste, whatever route is taken for the first 120 credits. Successful completion of Research Skills as a distinct module must be completed in some form and is a prerequisite for this module.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£1200 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)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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. All prospective students are required to have an interview with the Programme Leader or a member of the academic team before commencing the course (this includes a telephone interview if needed) and all are welcome to arrange a campus visit before enrolment. In addition, all students will need to have an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service. A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.