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Full time | Kedleston Road Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

  • Explore education in its fullest sense – from its pivotal role in society to the theories, policies and practices that influence and enhance it
  • Take a flexible approach to learning: gain a broad-based masters degree or focus on your particular area of interest via our specialist pathways
  • Benefit from professional development opportunities in sectors ranging from early years to schools, further, higher and community education
  • Keep up to date with the latest educational developments, inspired by a friendly teaching team who will share their extensive specialist knowledge with you.

Whether you aspire to a new career in education or want to take your existing career to the next level, our MA Education course will give you the insight, skills and knowledge to become a high-calibre and dynamic education professional. It could be a vital stepping stone to management and leadership roles.

Skills to take you further

Our MA Education course gives you an expert understanding of the aims of education and its role in society. You will cover the key theories, policies, practices and debates which are shaping education today and how these apply directly to your current and future career.

In addition, you will undertake an in-depth research enquiry and independent study to focus on a professional practice theme of your choice. Throughout, you will hone vital skills such as critical, creative and strategic thinking, communication, presentation and teamwork.

How you will learn

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and independent study. By studying for a masters in education, you will develop your transferable skills, such as independent working, oral and written communication, presentation skills, teamwork and confidence.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed in a range of formats, including essays, presentations and reports.

The culmination of our course is the Independent Study (Dissertation). You will research an aspect of professional practice in discussion with your tutor and document your findings.


With our MA Education on your CV, you will make a powerful statement about your abilities, ambition and professional credibility. It is a course which signals to employers that you have an extensive educational knowledge base and strong transferable skills.

Our recent graduates report that their MA Education studies had a significant impact on their career development and professional status. Some have gone on to senior leadership roles such as head teacher or nursery manager; others have taken up more specialist positions such as disability co-ordinator or advanced skills teacher; and others have moved into key posts in other sectors, such as national trainer for a charitable organisation.

Drawing on their MA Education experience, a number of our graduates are now leading research projects to steer positive change in their own workplace settings and are publishing their findings. The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.


Independent Study (Dissertation) (60 Credits) - Core
Designing Social Research (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You will usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more