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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Critical Theory Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MA in Critical Studies and Education is an exciting and innovative programme offered to staff from both a teaching and non-teaching background who wish to study for a Master’s degree. One of the main features, of this Masters programme is that it is both vocational and academic highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of the degree. The MA in Critical Studies and Education is classed as a professional practice masters and seeks to build upon professional expertise as well as practice.

Providing a selective approach into the wider perspectives of education and work based learning, the programme encourages healthy debate and discussion, building a deeper knowledge and understanding across a variety of sectors, taking in key aspects of learning through educational theory and policy, strategic methodology, professionalism and whole-organisational practices beyond the role of teaching.

It brings the various sectors together as well as practitioners to broaden knowledge of methodologies and policies and sector contexts. The programme aims to develop deep knowledge and understanding of the wider context of education. This classroom based part time MA runs for 2 years.

Where will it take me?

The gaining of a Masters qualification will put participants ‘ahead of the game’ when applying to teach on Higher Education courses or for promotion within the education sector. With increased competition for teaching posts in secondary schools, VI form colleges and colleges of further and higher education, a Masters degree will give them access and employability and will enhance the prospects of all participants.

Course Assessment Method

The programme’s summative assessment strategy includes

  • Essays;
  • Research projects and reports;
  • Presentation of proposals for study;
  • Reflective self-evaluation;
  • Dissertation.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


60 weeks

Start date




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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

This qualification is of interest to: Graduates with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); Graduates with a degree in any discipline, working in a variety of roles in Education (with a non-teaching background). Applicants will need to: Hold an honours degree or equivalent; Have GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications; Demonstrate professional suitability in motivation and enthusiasm for the subject and their career; attend an interview and complete a successful entry assessment with the programme team. Prospective students over the age of 21 years without formal qualifications should contact the college in the first instance to discuss your options.