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Education - MA

Why study this course?

The Education MA course enables you to develop a theoretical framework within which you can analyse educational issues and, where appropriate, develop your own professional practice. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This modular course is designed for people working in education in all sectors and others with an interest in education. It offers you the chance to plan an individual course of study, either by selecting particular modules within the MA or by taking modules that may lead to a PG Diploma or PG Certificate in Education.

The programme of study provides an introduction to higher study and to the intellectual and academic discourses associated with education as a core university discipline. It is closely linked to the actuality and educational challenges associated with the meshing of local and global in London as a world city; in consequence there is a vital and critical engagement with professional practices and with the empirical realities that attend and shape them.


You are assessed via coursework (one essay of 6,000 words or two essays of 3,000 words) or presentations, as well as the dissertation.

You will be required to have:

  • a good degree in education or social sciences
  • GCSE English

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday

    This module is envisioned as providing the intellectual backdrop for the rest of the programme. The module aims to be responsive to the varying educational histories of any given cohort of students. As such, it provides an entry point, for a diverse range of local as well as international students, into key academic discourses and perspectives that have informed and shaped social sciences, including the study of education, in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. Through its broad epistemic coverage, the module will equip students with intellectual tools to critically engage with and problematize the common sense, hegemonic ways of understanding the social world and how these might get translated into educational policy and provision.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    The module will develop critical knowledge and understanding of curriculum leadership in contemporary schools in the context of theoretical frameworks, ideological debates and empirical study. The module is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to critically analyse how the way in which the curriculum is led and managed influences the processes of learning and teaching as well as educational outcomes. Students will engage with a wide body of scholarship together with qualitative research data to explore the following questions.

     What is a school curriculum?
     What are the purposes of the school curriculum?
     How are different curriculum models linked with these purposes?
     How does leadership shape the way the curriculum is constructed and delivered?
     What influence does curriculum leadership have on pupil learning?

    The module will be delivered in tandem with the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment module, which will provide a rich theoretical context for exploring debates around the purposes, nature and scope of the school curriculum in contemporary society. Students will also draw on knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the other core modules, particularly Foundations of Learning and Research Methods.

    The module will use the English education system as a point of reference for gaining an in-depth insight into key issues, debates and discourses surrounding curriculum leadership in general. However, students’ experience of different UK and international contexts will be used to enrich and extend the scope of the module.

    Students will be required to take part in a school visit during the day, in week 7, and are expected to make personal arrangements to enable this.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday

    This module will introduce students to the ideas of learning, pedagogy, assessment and curriculum. It is envisioned as a generic entry point into debates around key issues related to contemporary educational provision. Students will be introduced to different perspectives on learning, teaching, assessment, human knowledge and models of curriculum planning. The module will encourage students to critically analyse different types of curricula and educational provisions. Doing this will enable them to appreciate the socially constructed and ideologically driven nature of educational policies and processes. The module will use the English education system as a point of reference to analyse how social, historical, economic and political processes inform and influence educational policies and provisions. In tandem with the module Curriculum Leadership, this module will equip students with knowledge, understanding and skills to critically analyse curricular provision and contribute to its review and development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies

    This module represents the culmination of students’ work for the award of MA Education. It requires students to undertake an empirical research enquiry using qualitative methods. The module is offered in Autumn, Spring and Summer periods. The summer period is normally reserved for full-time students who have started their course in September. The module is dependent upon outcomes from the Research Methods in Education module because this is assessed by the preparation of a research proposal. Students will normally take the Research Methods in Education module at least one semester before commencing the one in which they are scheduled to submit their dissertation. This allows students to digest feedback from the assessment of their proposal, satisfy the course leader that a failure will be redeemed on resubmission and begin to plan their work for the dissertation with their allocated supervisor.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module aims to introduce students to the philosophy, principles, practices and techniques of qualitative social and educational research. It will help students to understand what is meant by educational research, including its nature, purposes, processes, and methods. The module will problematize the idea of human knowledge and as such present social research as a culturally and historically located process. It will help students to understand the key features of qualitative social research and how it emerged as an alternative to the quantitative paradigm. It will introduce students to a range of research methods and instruments of data collection used in qualitative educational research. The module will also encourage students to engage with ethical issues in educational research. The module aims to equip students to be able to write qualitative educational research proposals which will form the basis for their MA dissertations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday

    Applying Learning Technologies focuses on the wider issues of educational technology with specific reference to the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) for teaching learning and assessment, including the use of social media and other open educational resources.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module allows students to identify and pursue detailed documentary study in an area agreed with their supervisor at M-level. This can be the pursuit of an education-focused topic not offered as part of the scheduled MA Education curriculum or afford an opportunity for school-based subject specialists to extend their knowledge and understanding in their specialist area.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    Web-based Learning & Teaching focuses specifically on the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE). It is intended for education professionals who wish to investigate and critically examine the professional context for implementing and applying learning technologies for 21st Century learners. The module focuses specifically on the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE).

    The module is aligned with the requirements of the SEDA award: Supporting Learning with Technology, as well as the award of 20 credits towards the Masters in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. At the end of the module, successful participants will have:

    • Participated in an online event as an e-learner
    • Designed, developed and implemented an online teaching module
    • Managed and administered learners online
    • Designed, delivered and evaluated online assessment
    • Integrated open educational resources within a formal learning management system
    • Interacted with other online practitioners in a community of practice

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For the MA, students will take six taught modules and submit a triple-module dissertation. MA dissertations are 15,000-20,000 words, equivalent to three modules. Topics are chosen in consultation with the course leader and supervised by an appropriate member of staff.

Core modules

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Critical Theory and Education
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Research Methods in Education
  • MA Education Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Specialist Study Module (Examples include Bilingualism and Education: the Classroom and School Context; Children’s Literature in Education; Educational Approaches to Inclusion and Social Justice; Childhood, Education, Spaces; and Citizenship and Education)
  • Applying Learning Technologies
  • Web-based Learning and Teaching

The course will be of benefit to anyone with an interest in education, whether as a parent, teacher, researcher, community worker or education administrator. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in the education sector as deputy head teachers, special needs teachers, and behaviour management co-ordinators.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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