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What makes Education at Worcester special?

The MA Education is a flexibly taught masters course designed primarily for those who work or aspire to work in any field of education and training and whose aim is to develop and improve upon their practice, enhance their professional profile and engage in rigorous research and high level inquiry into their working context.

Whatever stage you are at in your career, we invite you to come and join our learning community as we move into a new phase of development in our postgraduate and doctoral offer. We will equip you as you enter the next phase of your professional life to achieve the excellence you desire for yourselves and those you seek to inspire.

Key features

  • Awards: The course offers the following awards: MA Education (180 credits), Postgraduate Diploma Education (120 credits) and Postgraduate Certificate Education (60 credits). These non-specialist awards offer maximum flexibility, with students able to choose optional modules from the full range available.
  • Specialist pathways: The choice of a number of specialist pathway awards, including: MA Education (Special and Inclusive Education), Postgraduate Diploma Education (Religions and Values Education) and Postgraduate Certificate Education (Mentoring in Early Childhood).
  • International and full-time route: This route meets the needs of professionals wishing to study and familiarise themselves with the UK educational environment alongside their own contrasting experience. The programme consists of three taught modules in each of the first two terms and a three-module Dissertation in the third term.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

You will normally have one of the following:

A first or second-class Honours degree in a relevant, cognate discipline
and 
A wide range of relevant experience 

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

Other information

In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

For guidance on making your application, download our Guidance for Applicants document [PDF].

For further information, please get in touch with the Education CPD office on cpdeducation@worc.ac.uk

Pathways

Studying our MA Education (generic route) will allow you free choice of all modules and allows student to gain a broad knowledge and understanding in a number of key areas.

The MA Education also embraces a number of specialist pathways, which will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding in an area of particular relevance to your current (or future) professional context.

These pathways are:

  • Church School Leadership
  • Early Childhood
  • Leadership and Management;
  • Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Religions and Values Education and
  • Special and Inclusive Education

Examples of specialist pathway awards are: MA Education (Special and Inclusive Education), Postgraduate Diploma Education (Religions and Values Education) and Postgraduate Certificate Education (Mentoring in Early Childhood).

For full details on how our course is delivered and session dates, please download the MA Education Timetable document.

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Pathways

In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit, and professional learning can be analysed through the completion of an Independent Study. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

It is possible to study towards a Masters award (nine modules) or either of the interim awards:

Postgraduate Certificate
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete three modules, which may be all taught or a combination of taught and individual study modules.

Postgraduate Diploma
After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, it is possible to complete a further three modules to achieve the award of Postgraduate Diploma

International Pathway
This pathway meets the needs of professionals wishing to study and familiarise themselves with the UK educational environment alongside their own contrasting experience. The programme consists of three taught modules in each of the first two terms and a three-module Dissertation in the third term. A Masters Degree can enhance your career aspirations and offers you the chance to excel through promotional opportunities. It will enable you to work in management and advisory roles.

Programme Structure

MA Education - 180 credits
The MA Education is made up of five or six 20 credit modules selected from the range available modules. These may include Negotiated Learning modules of 20, 40 or 60 credits. MA Education students are required to complete Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (20 credits), Research Methods (20 credits) plus a research project (Dissertation) usually 60 credits.

Postgraduate Diploma Education – 120 credits
Students choose five 20 credit modules or equivalent selected from the range of available modules. They are also required to complete Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (20 credits).

Postgraduate Certificate Education – 60 credits
Students choose any three 20 credit modules or equivalent from the range available modules.

Mandatory Modules

Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (MAED4006 - 20 credits) offers participants the opportunity to explore the relationship between theory, policy and practice in their own (and other) educational contexts, generating critical insights into current priorities and agendas and the contested nature of educational practices and pedagogies.

Research Methods (MAED4001 – 20 credits) focuses on the principles, procedures and processes associated with undertaking education research. Participants will engage with various research paradigms and methodologies, and the ideological, practical and ethical issues associated with education inquiry. Students will critically appraise various approaches to research, synthesising

Dissertation (usually MAED4460 - 60 credits) This module enables students, working independently and with targeted supervision, to undertake a substantial piece of work following detailed investigation and research. The nature of this investigation—negotiated with the dissertation tutor— may take various forms, for example, an extended literature review, documentary or historical study, or a piece of action research. Other creative approaches may be negotiated with the supervising tutor. The format and theme of the dissertation must reflect the pathway the student is registered on, where applicable.


Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

There are a variety of methods that include lead lectures and seminars, out of term conferences, summer schools, independent study, to suit the needs of most participants. Taught modules take place in the evenings, on Saturdays and some modules can be undertaken online. Off-site delivery may be possible in your own school or area provided a viable number of students can be recruited.

Most of the assessment will be of a written nature, requiring students to read and research widely, reflect upon the material gathered and structure the synthesized ideas into critical, coherent assignments of varying type and length. There may also be presentations and assessed portfolios. Detailed feedback will be provided to assist your intellectual development.

For more information on studying these Education Pathways, please download the MA Education Course booklet.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers.

The specialist pathways will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding in an area of particular relevance to your current (or future) professional context.

Costs

How much will it cost?

For more information, please visit our Course Fees and Postgraduate Loans pages.

Apply

How do you apply?

For all taught postgraduate and PG Cert programmes, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form. Once completed email to the CPD Office.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

CPD Office

01905 542064

01905 855257
cpdeducation@worc.ac.uk

Admissions tutor

Dr Philip Woodward
MA Education Course Leader 
01905 542043     
p.woodward@worc.ac.uk