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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Studies Teaching / Training (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This MA course has emerged as a direct result of our work with local practitioners and senior leaders in educational establishments. The course builds on existing structures to further integrate academic study with work-based learning and research.

The programme can be tailored to your interests and professional development needs whether you are a recently qualified teacher looking to return to study, a school mentor ready to explore your role in the context of our MA programme, you are interested in a curriculum subject or particular aspect of pedagogy, a middle-leader keen to make improvements to your department or a senior leader looking for a transformative learning experience.

The revised structure ensures a coherent and supportive student experience throughout the programme which comprises of core modules that can be applied in a variety of different areas. Our flexible programme reflects the expectation that practitioners work in wider networks with colleagues and alongside expert facilitators, including the university teaching team.

You will graduate with an in-depth and critical understanding of theory and research. Modules are designed to complement and extend your professional commitments, and teaching and assignment submissions are scheduled to fit around your existing work.

Course structure

This course runs each year, beginning in October. Sessions are usually scheduled for Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings.

You will study up to five modules, split over two to three years depending on any recognition of prior learning. These modules build on and extend previous study and learning and provide a coherent and supportive learning journey towards achieving the MA Education.

The number of modules taken enables a manageable workload as well as further opportunities for formative assessment.

The flexibility of our programme means that studying for the Education MA allows you to pursue your individual interests and professional development needs across the entire course.

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, taught sessions, tutorials, online learning, group work, independent study and through work-related activities.


This course will further your professional development, allow you to progress your expertise within the field of education and enhance your employability for leadership roles.

Enhanced knowledge of educational issues and specialist areas of interest are attractive to a wide range of employers and typical career moves after graduation include promotion to senior leadership teams, advisory roles or promotion into a different education sector including those with capacity to influence policy.

Our graduates have commented on the ways that the MA in Education has positioned them for senior and leadership roles, for making a career move and improving their skills and professional potential.

The course also provides a springboard for further study at a doctoral level, either through PhD or EdD routes.


Critical Perspectives on Education (40 Credits)
Engaging with Professional Development (20 Credits)
Professional Learning through Enquiry (20 Credits)
Designing your Research Proposal (40 Credits)
Research project (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

UK for each 60-credit year 2,568 GBP

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

Good honours degree (at least a 2:2) or equivalent. Evidence of an employment-based research project may be acceptable in place of an honours degree – each case will be considered on its merit. Experience. You need to be working in, or have regular access to, a relevant professional situation appropriate to an MA in Education research area.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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