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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Flexible Learning Design Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

The MA Education is a stimulating part-time programme designed to develop and strengthen your identity, critical confidence and academic expertise as a serving educational professional – whether you’re in the early stages of your education career or you have extensive experience.

This MA puts emphasis on broadening your critical perspective on education, with a carefully weighted balance between sector-wide and context-specific content and tasks. Dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will guide you through varied philosophical and disciplinary positions, with a focus on supporting you in articulating and strengthening your own expert critical voice.

About this course

We’ve designed the course to lead you through established and emerging debates about policy and practice.

Through a developmental sequence of modules, you will strengthen your skills of critically reflective practice and practical enquiry. You’ll receive specialist training in thinking further and deeper about the complexity and challenges of education, as well as its possibilities. Throughout the MA, we’ll encourage you to reflect on your own priorities and interests, enabling you to shape and influence good practice in your workplace.

The course brings together educational professionals from a wide variety of contexts: early years, primary education, secondary education, special education, further and higher education. Students range from early career teachers to senior leaders and managers to those who support learning, and this diverse mix ensures sessions encompass multiple perspectives, broadening perception out from the practice of each singular workplace.

Our programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, with evening and weekend sessions sensibly spaced over each year. Learning is supported through access to the online library and journal resources, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and a specialist team of staff in our Learning Hub to support academic learning and development.


You’ll be assessed by a range of written forms, presentations and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills you’ll develop within the programme.

Employability-relevant forms of presentation and critique – including posters, information leaflets and evidence-based briefs – are also used.

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your topic of choice for the written summative assessment undertaken. There are no exams.


In this module you will finalise your research proposal and then carry out your research on an aspect of your own professional practice or a current issue in education. Bespoke support will be offered by a dedicated supervisor with regular top-up training throughout the dissertation year to support your independent study – for example in ethics, coding and data analysis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full time fee: £4,950. Part-time tuition fees are paid on a pro-rata basis. This means that when you come back to study for the second year you will pay a pro-rata fee relating to that year of study, not the fee relating to the year you started the course.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is a good honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent) (usually 2.2 or above). All students will normally need to meet the following additional requirement: Hold a teaching/tutoring/training/managing/supporting learning role in an educational context; Have regular and sustained access to such a context in a voluntary capacity. OR You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching/training/supporting/managing learning role in an educational context to allow you to complete the assignments. This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

University information

Leeds Trinity University is found six miles outside Leeds city centre and has been providing quality higher education to students for almost 50 years. The University is proud to provide a supportive community for each student and places a lot of emphasis on employability. Previous postgraduate students have gone on to become award-winning journalists, published authors and leaders of their industry. Whether students are looking for a...more

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