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Well-being, Learning and Professional Development (MA)

This innovative postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to engage in key academic debates relating to supporting the education and well-being of learners in a variety of settings.

The flexibility of the programme allows learners to apply their studies to a range of potential contexts such as Early Years, primary and secondary education, post compulsory education or lifelong learning.

In this way, we allow our students the option to specialise their studies within an area relating to their own professional interest yet still retaining the flexibility needed to.


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What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme aims to support those starting out as educational researchers as well as those who are seeking to develop their professional knowledge and skills.

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, 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.

The central focus on well-being and professional development at the heart of the programme aims to facilitate your growth as a reflective and reflexive educational practitioner in terms of your own development as well as that of others.

Module Topics

Level 7

PG Dip

  • Transforming Education: Effective Change in Leadership and Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Global Citizenship and Sustainability (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Looking into Well-being (30 credits; compulsory)
  • The Philosophy and Practice of Social Research (30 credits; compulsory).

In addition, students will choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Introduction to Master’s Study (20 credits; optional)
  • Educational Project (20 credits; optional).


In addition to the modules above, students will be required to undertake:

  • Dissertation (60 credits; compulsory).

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.

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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 / EU / Rest of the World.

Career Opportunities

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.

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Student Quotes

Justine Colwill

"After graduating with a 1st in Education Studies at UWTSD, I decided to progress onto the MA Well-being, Learning and Professional Development course. The MA is diverse to suit many career routes or personal development, as it covers a wide range of topics. The MA has broadened my knowledge and understanding across a variety of topic areas, through engaging discussions with lecturers and peers as well as independent study.  The assignments have been enjoyable, flexible and relevant, with exceptional support and feedback.  The course being delivered online has been an exciting experience and a new way of learning. I highly recommend the MA Well-being, Learning and Professional Development course with UWTSD.  It is a brilliant university, with excellent staff, support services and student experiences!"

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 Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.