Teaching - MA

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Why study this course?

The Teaching MA is a flexible course which can also be taken as a part-time Continuing Professional Development (CPD) master's for experienced teachers preparing for career promotion and leadership roles over a maximum of 6 years.

This course will enable PGCE graduates to import 60 M level credits, taken as part of their PGCE award.

More about this course

This is a flexible top-up MA to develop your critical understanding of educational issues based on practical experience and to enhance your professional learning. It is a higher degree for education practitioners offering intellectually challenging and practice-based development opportunities. You will be able to gain credits for active research or projects you are carrying out in your workplace as part of your everyday teaching. 

This course can be studied part-time, module by module, so that you can fit it around your working week and take your time to complete it. You will be taught by professionally trained teachers with years of practice and teaching experience at Higher Education (HE) levels. Studying on this course can significantly enhance your career prospects as well as support your professional development if you are considering a career move into leadership or educational management.


Most 20-credit modules are assessed through a 6,000 word essay or an equivalent portfolio/ project report for the negotiated study module. The output of the Research methods will allow you to come up with the proposal for the dissertation.

The 60-credit Dissertation/Project module will be 15-20,000 words. The work may take the form of a substantive action research project, based around a new intervention or resource for learning and teaching, as an alternative to the standard dissertation. The investigation may also be presented using alternative genres (e.g. video or film documentary, educational narrative/biography, multimedia presentation), in each case accompanied by an analytical commentary which provides the theoretical and methodological frame and critical appraisal of the outcomes and implications for future practice and research.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a first degree at 2:2 or above and have completed a PGCE
  • you must be in a teaching post
  • an Enhanced DBS
  • Math and English GCSE

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.

Accelerated study

Demonstration of prior learning or prior certification may be used towards our postgraduate qualifications and you will be offered support to seek the accreditation of your prior learning (APL) where this is appropriate.

Modular structure

Year 1 (part-time) example modules include:

  • Critical Evaluation of Educational Policy
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Negotiated Study Module
  • Action Research Project For Early Career Teachers

Year 2 (part-time) example modules include:

  • Dissertation or Project
  • Advanced Mentoring and Coaching
  • Working with SEN Students
  • The inclusive Curriculum
  • Preparing for Middle Leadership
  • Preparing for Senior Leadership
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

After the course

Students with PGCE can gain a higher qualification as part of their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as well as in preparation for leadership or educational management roles.

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.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 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.

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