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Education Studies (MA, PGDip, PGCert)

Our MA in Education Studies will enable you to build your critical awareness of contemporary educational issues.

This postgraduate degree also aims to develop and improve your academic and research skills.

Learning to demonstrate secure subject knowledge and the ability to evaluate this reflectively and critically is an important part of this Master’s degree.

You can study this course in Swansea, but it is also available as an online qualification in the UK and internationally. 


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  • MA Education Studies
  • PGDip Education Studies
  • PGCert Education Studies

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Contact Name: Sue M. James

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  • study in-person in the classroom or online in hybrid learning sessions.
  • benefit from the expertise of our experienced academic team.
  • study intensively full-time or spread the course out by choosing the part-time route.

This postgraduate Education Studies course supports employability through the inclusion of wide areas of study reflecting the needs of learners within the sector as well as wider national and international agendas.

You will be encouraged to focus on your skills and the application of your learning at all stages through reflective practice to support your skills development and your responsiveness to your own professional development and learning requirements.

The inclusion of the ‘Introduction to Master’s Study’ module sets out the expectations at the start of the programme regarding the demands of studying at level 7 and works to ensure that you can respond to this demand appropriately.

While consisting of individual modules, this course takes a holistic approach to considering the topic of education. It offers opportunities to explore ideas and concepts from a range of perspectives and to assimilate and integrate them accordingly into an overall understanding of education.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course’s student-centric approach to learning and personalised assessment opportunities through reflection will allow you to engage in a way that is meaningful to you and your development.

By considering and applying the knowledge gained in relation to your own skills, the programme fosters continued professional development and a reflective and reflexive outlook.

The focus for the programme team is on assessment for learning, as well as assessment of learning, with a key emphasis on developing and enhancing the assessment literacy skills.

The programme has been developed with a holistic view of the skills and attributes that you will need to develop to support you as a learner and then as an employable graduate.

Support is provided through tutor guidance in relation to assessment methods and students are also encouraged to engage with peer support to enhance skills development.

All tuition is through English, but students are welcome to submit their coursework in Welsh. 

Module Topics

MA, PGDip, PGCert
Part 1

  • Introduction to Master’s Study (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Transforming Education: Effective Change in Leadership and Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Global Citizenship and Sustainability (20 credits; compulsory)


  • Principles of Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning (30 credits; compulsory) 
  • The Philosophy and Practice of Social Research (30 credits; compulsory)

Part 2

  • Dissertation: Childhood, Youth and Education (60 credits; compulsory) 

Assessment methods are primarily coursework based, with a focus on offering a variety of potential outputs, including presentations, portfolios, case study responses as well as written assignments.

International students may find the assessment methods familiar within the context of the UK (United Kingdom) but unfamiliar to them as students. If you require them, a range of scaffolding techniques will be used to support and guide you as you progress through the programme.

The delivery and assessment patterns of the programme are designed to be as inclusive as possible for all students with an emphasis on small group learning and personalised support.

There are three modes of study: on-campus, online and blended (a mix of on-campus and online modules).

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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 and international locations. 

Both International and UK applicants are required to go through an academic interview before being offered a place. 

Career Opportunities

This programme has been designed to develop your key competencies in employability. Key competencies include skills such as communication, leadership and project management which are highly transferable and attractive to modern employers. 

The flexibility of assignment topics will allow you to customise the programme around your professional interests and ambitions, so that your studies will be relevant to you and to your current or future workplace. 

Additional Costs
  • Enhanced DBS check
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Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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Further Information

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