Education Studies (MA)

MA Education Studies

This exciting new MA programme offers students the opportunity to engage in key educational debates relevant to a range of sectors. With education as a key global employer, we aim to support the development of highly qualified individuals at postgraduate level who can really help make a difference in education.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
1 year full time Up to 5 years part-time

Tuition Fees for 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU students)
£13,340 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education
Contact Name:
Caroline Lewis
Contact Email:
Language Choice:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed my three years of undergraduate studies. The diversity of the course and the modules taught really gave me a layered knowledge of Education. The way it was delivered to me and my peers made studying a BA enjoyable and interesting. My university experience has given me the support, confidence and drive to continue my studies. I know it will be just as rewarding at MA level!

    Katie HancockEducation Studies Student

Education is so much more than just the study of teaching. The central position that education holds within the United Kingdom as well as globally means that more than ever we need professionals within the sector who are able to get to the heart of educational policy and practice.

This programme is an academic study of education that seeks to challenge students to question and examine the principles of education through a combination of theory and reflection on the systems of education as they exist at present, and the principles that drive them. It will allow students to focus in depth on aspects of education that are of interest to them and consider the complexity of education in an increasingly globalized world.

Throughout the programme, we will explore key questions such as:

  • How are the economy and education connected and impact upon each other?
  • What is the role of the government in relation to education?
  • How are the roles of learners and educators changing in the global marketplace?
  • What will schools and universities look like in the future?
  • How does the role of technology and the media impact upon education?
  • Who really owns the curriculum and why? What are the challenges and considerations?

Within Part 1 of the programme, there is a combination of compulsory and optional modules that will cover a broad spectrum of educational issues. In Part 2 the dissertation will allow students to explore in detail an educational issue of importance to them with the guidance of our expert staff.

Compulsory modules include:

  • The Philosophy and Practice of Social Research
  • Education: Effective Change in Leadership and Management
  • Global Citizenship in Context
  • Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Education, Society and Policy: Contemporary Classrooms
  • Education, Society and Policy: Beyond Compulsory Education

This MA is aimed at recent graduates aiming to work within the education sector as well as those who are looking to develop their professional qualifications. We offer small group sizes and a personalized approach to teaching and learning that puts students at the heart of the process.

The course will be formally assessed through a variety of means in including portfolios, essays, reflective writing as well as presentations. At an informal level we encourage discussion and reflection on own learning and experiences which allow students to practice and develop their skills in a variety of ways. There are no examinations linked to this programme.

Applicants will normally be required to hold an Honours degree although applicants with vocational qualifications and experiences will also be considered.

Suitable for applicants from UK / EU / Rest of the World.

Graduates from this programme will find employment opportunities in a wide variety of areas including educational management, training or other related fields including public and private sector institutions. There are opportunities following this programme for further studying including initial teacher training or potential progression to PhD level for those interested in a career in academia.

As education offers such wide-ranging employment options this is an ideal course for those wishing to extend their understanding of the subject, build upon their skills while allowing them the flexibility to apply this in any number of potential careers.