If you are passionate about education, this MA is for you. Employers looking to fill leadership and advanced practitioner roles are increasingly looking for candidates with a master's level understanding of the sector. It's also an ideal choice for those who want to build a career in educational research.
This course is a highly structured part-time route to gaining a higher qualification in education. We've designed this course for those who have an interest in working in a range of areas including:
- primary education
- secondary education
- higher and further education
- practice education in health and social care.
What will this course cover?
This course offers a comprehensive qualification in education. You will develop your research, analysis and critical thinking skills. You will also build an understanding of educational theories and approaches. Your studies will enable you to take an in-depth look at current educational management practice, theory, research and policy.
The programme encourages you to apply principles in practice where possible, providing you with the chance to study a particular area of education in-depth. We expect you to carry out a sustained research study that involves:
- a critical review of current knowledge in a specific area of educational practice
- blending different research findings
- reaching appropriate conclusions
Through your research, you will also be able to make evidence-based recommendations relevant to your chosen area of educational practice or interest.
As well as formal teaching on research methods, and individual supervision, you will also have support sessions with your course leader. In your second year, we match you with an experienced research supervisor to guide you through your studies.
We offer flexible study spread over two years, allowing you to study and work at the same time. Whether you want to build your skills in a current teaching role, or start a career in education or academic research, this course gives you the tools to begin applying advanced teaching techniques in a professional setting.
As well as support from your tutors, who are experts in their field, you will be encouraged to build your own network via your research, engaging with external events to gain real world experience to inspire you and challenge your approach to education.
While you take charge of your own study and learning, we provide excellent support, both face-to-face and electronically, using our virtual learning environment.
A tailored learning experience
At Bucks, our teaching is centred around you. We teach in small groups to make sure you get the support you need. Assignments have been designed to enable you to focus on issues relevant to your professional context, providing you with the opportunity to combine theory with practice.
Our MA Education has been developed with your needs in mind. It offers a great deal of flexibility both in its structure and in the way that the teaching is delivered. This flexibility allows students to design their studies to meet professional interests and areas of practice.
What are the course entry requirements?
Individuals with an undergraduate degree, typically 2.1 or higher, with an interest in pursuing a career in education.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to the value of 30 credits is available within the master's framework. It is possible to APL against either Capturing Professional Education or Mentoring in the Practice Setting/ Principles of Practice Education. It is not possible to APL against the research modules. Where APL is sought, there is a requirement that it must have been conferred within the last 5 years.
If you already have a PGCE, you may want to consider MA in Education (Advanced Standing).
Year 1 Modules
- Applied Research Skills
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
In addition, students must choose one of the following 30 credit option modules:
- Mentorships for Teachers (optional)
- Contemporary Issues in Education (optional)
- Student Supervision and Assessment in Professional Practice (optional)
Year 2 Modules
- Reflection and CPD in an Evolving Landscape
- Postgraduate Dissertation
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU, September 2019: £4,350 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks