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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Are you a teacher, lecturer or trainer looking to advance into a leadership role? This part-time two-year programme can support you with study opportunities whilst remaining at your locality or job.
The programme is delivered online through video lectures, specific readings, case studies, quizzes, group video conferences and individual video call tutorials. You will focus on three core areas essential for career development: pedagogy, leadership and research with the ability to undertake individual modules for CPD.
• 7th in the UK for research impact (Latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
• Carrying out world-leading research in higher education, social justice and inclusive education, educational effectiveness, mathematics, science and health education
• Covering the full spectrum, from early years to post-compulsory and lifelong learning
You’ll have the opportunity to examine critically the nature of education, learning, teaching and educational practice in the context of policy through different perspectives such as: global, national, regional, organisational, institutional and through to the individual classroom.
• Study and assess the relationship between learning theory and practice in educational and training settings
• Engage with current debates in educational research
• Explore topics around educational research methodology and develop methods and techniques of data collection, analysis and interpretation
• Consider the nature and influence of evidence and its scope to support effective education
• Develop your skills and abilities in critical and independent thinking and capacity for managing your own learning, development and employment.


Modules will normally be assessed by one or two assignments totalling the equivalent of 4000 words. Assessment methods may include: Essays (including literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and critical narrative-type essays); Case studies (of individual practice, organisation level practices or national level policy/practice); Presentations (delivered orally or electronically); Posters (including contemporary versions such as e-newsletters and blogs); Digitally authored materials (including audio or video podcast or animated videos).

Different course options

Study mode



24 months

Start date



Making Sense of Education Research
Effective Teaching and Learning
Leading and Managing in Education
Collecting and Analysing Data in Education
Innovating Practice in Education
Globalisation and Education Policy

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

UK Bachelors degree with upper-second class honours or higher (or equivalent overseas qualification) and ideally work experience in a related field.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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