Why study this course?

This Education MA degree is designed to provide you with a broad range of knowledge and skills within the field of education. Our programme will provide you with opportunities to develop and enhance your professional skills and understanding so that you can progress within or embark on a career in the sector.

This course will enable you to critically analyse any education system and the social circumstances within which it operates. As such, the programme will equip you to look at the institutions and processes of education from a novel perspective. This education course will equip you with a repertoire of academic and professional skills to examine existing educational provisions and identify key areas for change and development.

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This course aims to introduce you to key academic and professional debates within the field, helping you to further develop your professional voice and standpoint. Upon successful completion of this course, we hope that you will feel excited to join or return to the field and intellectually empowered to initiate change.

A key theme embedded in this master’s degree is social justice. This course is aligned with our Education for Social Justice (ESJ) strategy to ensure equity in our curriculum practice.

Our modules have been developed to broaden the knowledge and meaning of the term ‘education’, as well as its purpose from being a ‘product’ to understanding how the curriculum is always a selection from the existing body of knowledge and represents the deeply held beliefs of it's architects. You’ll also explore its influence on children’s learning, assessment and life chances.

This degree has four core 20-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation:

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

Specialist option modules allow you to explore two further subjects that are of particular interest to you in more detail, such as:

  • Social Justice Education
  • Issues in Language Learning: An Intercultural Approach
  • Understanding the Language Classroom
  • The Multilingual Classroom
  • Identity and Self in the Early Years
  • Critical Discourses in Early Childhood

This course can be completed as a postgraduate diploma by taking four core modules and two optional modules. You could also choose to study for a postgraduate certificate in education by choosing to study the following three core modules: Critical Theory and Education; Curriculum Leadership; Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.

We welcome applications from prospective UK and International students and if you already hold a relevant PGCE teacher qualification in Primary, Secondary, further education etc or have taken further training qualifications in your role such as National Professional Qualifications, you may be able to apply for credit and study fewer modules to complete this MA. Contact Claire Bradshaw, Head of the Education Subject Area to discuss further.


All assessment is carried out through coursework. In most cases this takes the form of either one essay of around 4,000 words, or two shorter assessments, building on each other and provide feed-forward opportunities?for the final assessment.

The Research Methods in Education module requires the students to submit a research proposal of around 4,000 words. This research plan will form the starting point for the dissertation module the following semester.

To complete this master’s degree, you will be required to carry out a small-scale research project focusing on an area of interest and relevance to you or your professional context. This research project will be written in the form of an academic dissertation. The first part of the dissertation module will comprise taught sessions to support the research and writing process of the various sections of the dissertation. Later in the semester, students will move to having individual or small group supervision meetings with a dissertation supervisor as they make their way through the research and writing process.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) honours degree in education or social sciences
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or higher (or equivalent)

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, we may be able to help with a pre-sessional course. Please contact courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk to see if we have something suitable.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our higher requirementsIELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills or equivalent.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 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 evening

You will be introduced to a range of significant critical theorists in the field of Education Studies and beyond. These writers will include Marx, Adorno, Althusser, Foucault, Bourdieu, bell hooks and Freire. Although their ideas can be carried forward into all your modules, in this one, they will be considered in relation to the neoliberal context in which the vast majority of education systems operate. In the process of doing so, key issues around the use of schools to deploy disciplinary power and to reproduce pre-existing patterns of privilege and disadvantage will be examined.

The module aims to:

defamiliarise and problematise common sense understandings of education;

provide students with a range of theoretical tools with which they can analyse educational systems and outcomes;

encourage students to develop a holistic understanding of the Scientific Revolution, the European Enlightenment, and the rise of capitalism and how these intersected with one another in creating the modern, neoliberal world;

introduce students to aspects of ontology and epistemology that problematize naïve realism.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Wednesday evening

The curriculum leadership module develops critical knowledge and understanding of curriculum policy, strategy, and leadership of learning in educational settings (formal or informal) 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 conceived, led, and managed influences the processes of learning and teaching as well as both educational and social outcomes.

Students will engage with a wide range of theory and research to explore questions and themes related to curriculum and leadership of learning:

What is curriculum?

What are the purposes of education and the role of the curriculum in learning?

How are different leadership models and behaviours linked with these purposes?

How does leadership shape the way the curriculum is constructed and delivered?

What influence does curriculum leadership have on student (learner) learning and outcomes and the impact on different groups of learners?

What is the concept of the hidden curriculum and how do differing leadership philosophies and approaches impact the hidden curriculum.

The module will use the UK 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.

Module aims

Students will engage in activities that enable them to:

critically analyse how the content, delivery and assessment of a school’s curriculum are located within historical, social, cultural, economic and political contexts;

develop a critical understanding of ideological and pedagogical debates underpinning curriculum leadership;

develop a critical insight into different styles and models of curriculum leadership;

develop a critical understanding of the way different approaches to leadership influence curriculum planning, delivery, development and student learning.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday evening

Module Description

This module will introduce you 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. You will be introduced to different perspectives on learning, teaching, assessment, human knowledge and models of curriculum planning. The module will encourage you to critically analyse different types of curricula and educational provisions. Doing this will enable you 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. This module will equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills to critically analyse curricular provision and contribute to its review and development.

Module Aims

The module aims to:

introduce students to some key perspectives on human knowledge and important theories of learning.

familiarise students with curriculum theory and some important theoretical perspectives with a view to enable them to analyse and evaluate curricular provision.

develop in the students a critical understanding of different models of curriculum planning and development.

equip students with the skills to critically analyse educational provisions and contribute to the processes of curriculum development.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
  • summer studies
  • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

This is a core module for the MA in Education and the single most significant learning unit on the programme as it constitutes one-third of the total credit value of the programme – 60 credits.

This module requires students to conduct a small-scale qualitative research into any aspect of education.

At the beginning of the module, students are encouraged to review and refine a topic of personal/professional relevance and/or interest within the academic discipline of education that they identified in the research proposal that they would have written for the module Research Methods in Education. The are supported to refine the focus of their proposed research and operationalise it in the form of a researchable question.

The module encourages students to further explore some key debates in the philosophy of research and the emergence of the interpretivist paradigm in social research. They will be asked to locate their studies within the interpretivist paradigm and develop convincing justifications for doing so.

The students will have opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of various aspects of qualitative research methodology. This knowledge will help to devise a sound design for their dissertation research projects.

The module will help the students develop and enhance their skills of qualitative data analysis.

Throughout the module, students will be provided opportunities to develop the skills of writing a good-quality dissertation that will report the execution and findings of a small-scale, qualitative primary research project.

Module Aims

The module aims to enable students to:

enhance their knowledge and understanding of some of the key philosophical debates related to the ontology and epistemology of social research.

Consolidate and deepen their understanding of the purposes, nature, components, and processes of social research.

be able to design and conduct a small-scale qualitative research study in education.

be able to insightfully review and critique existing social research.

be able to confidently report the findings of a small-scale primary qualitative research study.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday evening

Throughout the module, students will engage with the stages of the research process in social and educational research. The module will prepare students to develop a small-scale qualitative research proposal. Students will be encouraged to identify a research topic related to their personal/professional interest and/or interest within the academic discipline of education.

The module will enable students to understand the nature of qualitative research and the differences with quantitative research. Students will be introduced to some key debates in the philosophy of research and the emergence of the interpretivist paradigm in social research. They will be required to locate their research topics within the interpretivist paradigm and conduct a mini-literature review (including the theoretical framework) to contextualise their research.

Students will have opportunities during the lectures and seminars to develop a deeper understanding of the research process (literature review, qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis, ethical issues, subjectivity/reflexivity, writing up their research proposal).

They will be encouraged to reflect on their own research topics throughout the module.

Module aims

The module will provide students with the appropriate skills and knowledge to

understand the meaning of social and educational research and its function in creating and interpreting new knowledge; 

engage with the philosophical bases of educational research and understand the difference between the two main traditions of social research – the positivist and interpretivist paradigms. 

develop familiarity with a range of qualitative research approaches used in educational research.

explore different methods of data collection and methods of data analysis.

develop an understanding of the importance of ethical issues, reflexivity and subjectivity in qualitative social and educational research.

write a mini-literature review (including initial ideas for the theoretical framework) as part of the qualitative educational research proposal which will form a basis of the MA dissertation. 

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
  • spring semester - Monday morning

This module is designed for Master’s students to advance their academic English language. The module focuses on improving students’ English language skills in academic writing and reading, as well as oral presentation. There is also a focus on enhancing their English language accuracy.

Students will:

• develop an advanced knowledge of academic English

• develop advanced presentation skills

• demonstrate the correct use of a wide range of grammar

• write clear, well-structured texts about complex subjects

• present information effectively

• identify and use appropriate register in written and oral texts

• understand the issue of plagiarism and how to avoid it

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

Applying Learning Technologies (ALT) 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.

ALT is a supervised independent study module, which offers an opportunity to further develop expertise with online eLearning tools in the participant’s own academic discipline. ALT is provided as a self-study, small-scale, action research module, investigating the pedagogical application of digital tools. It is offered as a project- based module with supervisor support and access to online learning resources and spaces.

The aim of this module is to allow learners to investigate, through active learning, the role of ICT in learning and teaching. Participants will review the current educational technologies that are available, together with evaluating their use in teaching, learning and assessment. Learners are then required to complete the process of investigating, analysing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating the use of digital technology in their own work and use this experience to review their own professional development needs.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

This module focuses on key issues in language learning and teaching that are relevant to contemporary classroom practice. You will explore how pedagogical thinking has developed in different cultural contexts and how this influences language teaching and learning in particular.

This module aims to extend your knowledge of cultural differences in the creation of methodologies and approaches in language teaching and learning; the different cultural status of teachers; the role of the learner and their languages in their learning process; and more specific considerations of curriculum, syllabus and teaching materials in the teaching of global languages in local classrooms.

The module also promotes the problematisation of key concepts in language teaching and learning, such as ‘culture’, ‘language’, and ‘identity’ and you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences as a learner and/or teacher in order to evaluate your own knowledge and expertise and develop an analytical, critical and global perspective to the teaching of languages that is essential for your professional development.

In this module, you will:

  • explore the relationship between language and culture in the teaching of global languages
  • examine how language teaching methodologies are influenced by different understandings of language, culture, and learning
  • reflect on the role that culture plays in communication, particularly in multicultural contexts
  • study how language teaching curricula, methodologies, and materials can impact the identity construction of language learners

The module provides opportunity for students to reflect on their professional practice, to take a critical stance with the aim to:
• Relate theoretical knowledge and policy understanding to particular practice;
• Recognise practice as being framed by context;
• Analyse and evaluate conflicted situations of practice;
• Consider how reflective processes might enhance their personal learning and professional development.
• Support teachers in developing an aspect of practice.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester

Through this module, you will be introduced to feminist approaches to gender, sexuality and crime, and you will learn to critically examine theoretical, conceptual and explanatory frameworks. From an intersectional framework, you will learn about forms of sexual violence in childhood and adulthood; incidence, prevalence and reporting; impacts and meaning for victims/survivors; and sexual violence within different contexts such as the workplace, universities and conflict zones. You will learn about research on perpetrators and approaches to prevention. You will be taught about the criminal justice system, legal reform and the development of policies and support services. Specific lectures will reflect on the cultures and norms or conducive contexts – such as media representation and the sexualisation of popular culture - that support and legitimise sexual violence within the contemporary globalised world. Throughout the module you will also learn about the specific dimensions for minoritised women in the UK – in terms of their intersecting experiences of racism and sexism in the criminal justice system or cultural norms and barriers that suppress or penalise disclosure – as well as the way that sexual violence is implicated in histories of colonisation and slavery.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday evening

This module introduces students to multiple perspectives and ideas about social justice and inequalities in education, including knowledges with which students can consider various socio-political and professional contexts for social justice in education. It explores research evidence, discourses, tensions and complexities within educational policies and practices, with respect to concerns for education (in)justices, designed to develop critical awareness and thinking around values, assumptions, agency and educational change. Students are supported to engage in critical analysis with a view to articulating and applying a position in relation to models and theories of social justice education

The module will aim to:-

• introduce students to multiple perspectives and theories of social justice;

• critically examine key aspects (social class, gender, ethnicity/race, send) of educational injustice, their intersections and relationships

• provide knowledges with which students can consider socio-political and professional contexts for educational social justice within national settings

• explore tensions within education policies and practices - structures, social relations, curricula - with respect to concerns for educational (in)equalities

• encourage students to develop and articulate a standpoint with respect to models and theories for social justice education change

The module aims:
• to offer an expanded range of possible topics for study;
• to support early-career teachers desiring to expand and develop their knowledge base in a particular area.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

This module is an investigation into the language classroom and into learner and teacher roles and interactions. It develops themes relating to how languages are learned, what motivates people to learn other languages, and how best to support and develop learning in the classroom. The module draws on students' own experiences of language learning or teaching and encourages them to reflect on theoretical and practical aspects of language learning while the implications in developing their own practice as language teachers.

Through language classroom observations, students will become familiar with common practices in language teaching and learning and have the opportunity to develop a teacher-researcher perspective. The module introduces a range of theoretical considerations and practical implications of recent developments regarding the language classroom, including theoretical debates that widen students’ understanding of language learning and teaching processes. The practical implications of these debates on classroom teaching and learning will be considered. In doing so, the students are provided with an opportunity to evaluate and analyse learners and learning through exploring classroom solutions and incorporating lived experiences with academic literature.

Importantly, students are required to find an institution where they can observe at least 4 hours of English language tuition at any level.

Module Aims:

  • You will become familiar with common practices in language teaching and learning and investigate how different cultural, social, and psychological factors influence learning
  • You will undertake research on teaching and learning
  • You will critically analyse recent theoretical developments in language teaching
  • You will consider the practical classroom implications of these theories
  • You will analyse learners' needs and identify classroom solutions while observing students in a classroom setting
  • You will identify a range of techniques for promoting learning in the classroom
This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester

Within an intersectional framework, you will be introduced to the range of forms of violence against women, their prevalence and consequences, as well as the structures, contexts and cultural norms that enable and reproduce violence, and the impacts / consequences of violence/abuse. You will learn about key concepts and frameworks for understanding violence against women and children. You will be taught specific sessions on intimate partner violence including coercive control, its impact on children, street harassment, trafficking for sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, honour-based violence, and various barriers to support including immigration controls. The classes will draw your attention to the current evidence base and the conceptual frameworks used in addressing and responding to violence and abuse. We will critically assess explanatory frameworks and current policy approaches.

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).

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

Staff participants who successfully complete WBLT will also qualify as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the professional body for practitioners involved in the teaching and support of learning in higher education (more details in the module handbook).

What our students say

“I was stunned by the friendly atmosphere of the classes and the lecturers’ generous support and undivided attention. My lecturers were outstanding role models for me.

"The next time I teach in a class I know I will be a more attentive and dedicated teacher to my students."
Parisa Javani, Education MA graduate

Where this course can take you

The course benefits you whatever your interest in education, be it as a parent, teacher, researcher, community worker or education administrator.

Our recent graduates have gone on to find careers in the education sector as deputy head teachers, special needs teachers and behaviour management coordinators.

Additional costs

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.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.