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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?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

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?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.   

Teaching

All modules emphasise self-directed autonomous learning with students applying learning outcomes and content to their own particular specialism, discipline and, where relevant, practice.

Modules use a variety of modes of teaching and learning from lead lectures and seminars, to blended learning and that supported by the University’s interactive e-learning platform, Blackboard.

Flexible and distributed learning modules (within identified pathways) will provide opportunity for students to engage in learning by means most suited to their context. Although all teaching and learning activities for these FDL modules will be available online, including on-line learning activities, discussion boards and skype tutorials, there will also be opportunities for students who enjoy a face-to-face learning environment to attend an induction, workshops, seminars, tutorials and conferences.

Some modules focus on the teaching of specific practical skills e.g. mentoring and coaching, whilst all the modules foster the critical dialogue between theories and practice by the means of critical reflection upon experience, discussion, scenario- and enquiry-based learning.

Contact time

Modules for the MA in Education are delivered in a number of ways; consequently, the precise contact time depends on the options selected and the mode of delivery. Modules are offered during the weekends on Saturdays, on weekday evenings and via online learning.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 180 hours of personal self-study per module.  Typically, this will involve directed reading, using online resources, independent research and the preparation of assignments. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes*:

  • Dr Sean Bracken
  • Leela Cubillo
  • Gareth Dart
  • Ellie Hill
  • Dr Wendy Messenger
  • Jane Owens
  • Joanne Smith
  • Dr Carla Solvason
  • Dr Marie Stephenson
  • Dr Philip Woodward  

(*subject to change) In addition, a broad range of academic staff from the Institute of Education supervise the MA in Education Dissertation.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have, or are working towards, a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to provide students with the maximum opportunity to achieve success. These include: essays, critiques and analyses which encourage critical thinking; critical reviews; assessment by enquiry based learning and action research; individual and group seminar presentations; poster presentations; reflective accounts; case studies and presentations of cases; various modules utilise portfolio approaches to assessment.

In negotiated learning modules students can design an investigation and a mode of assessment most suited to their project.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in. 

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