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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Explore the contested nature of education by considering ideas from the philosophy, sociology, politics and history of education to develop a deeper understanding of the role of education in society.

Our masters course challenges you to think more critically about education.

You’ll consider the nature and role of education in global times, its relation to society and whether it can promote social justice and engagement.

Some of the topics you might critically analyse include place-based education; education and the global economy and gender and race inequality in education.

You’ll study three core units and two option units. The option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the areas you’re passionate about.

You might choose to study the Practice Based Project, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore and reflect on practice in an educational setting (from museums to schools) to enhance your own expertise. You could investigate topics such as disability and difference in education and how educational practice could be more inclusive and socially just.

Or if you are interested in childhood and youth, you might conduct a critical analysis of an area of equality and empowerment related to children, professionals or families.


This masters degree prepares you for an educational role across the public or private sectors.

Through MA Education Studies, you’ll develop critical thinking skills and gain the theoretical knowledge to question existing education practice, and how it could work in the future.

You could develop a career in areas such as social services, education management, education policy, and research.

You might work in education publishing, museum and gallery education, for a charity or in a learning support organisation. Some graduates also go on to pursue careers in related areas, including in journalism, business and financial services. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In your dissertation, you'll undertake an extended piece of independent writing reporting on research. Throughout the research project, you'll be guided by a supervisor.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will have a degree, postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an undergraduate UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be considered. You also need to have experience related to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more