Education, Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 6200

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 12300

All study options

About Education at Staffordshire University

Participation on this course will enhance your employability status and flexibility to move within the education sector, broadening and strengthening knowledge of educational issues and knowledge required for a range of professional roles within education.

The MA in Education aims to meet sector needs for advanced academic and subject specific training in a broad educational context. The course will develop skills required for a changing education sector. The option of specific pathways will enable you to select areas of interest to support your future employment opportunities. The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

The MA in Education will allow you to develop and enhance your own professional practice in education. It focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All of the modules are designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of work-place settings. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting. It provides a programme that will inspire you and develop your passion for working in education, whilst extending and enhancing your own educational development. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to enhance their continuing professional development portfolios through engagement with single modules.

We value the knowledge that you have already gained through your prior experience and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences from practice in class sessions.

Progression through the course

Stage 1

You will usually complete two 30 credit modules at level 7 during the first stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic semester.

Stage 2

You will usually complete two further 30 credit modules at level 7 during the second stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic semester.

Dissertation stage

You will complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits. Part 1 comprises a rationale, literature review and methodology chapter (7,000 words). Part 2 reflects on part 1, reports research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to practice (8,500 words).

If you are studying on campus, you can select from a range of modules for the Certificate and Diploma levels of the award to meet organisational development needs.

Course content

You will typically complete two 30-credit modules (see option modules information) to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Education. A further two 30-credit modules are studied leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education. You will then complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits.

Semester 1

CORE Modules

  • Learning and Assessment (30 credits)

Option Modules

  • Education, Culture and Society (30 credits)


  • Contemporary Issues in Early Years (30 credits)

Semester 2

CORE Modules

  • Collaborative Working in Education (30 credits)

Option Modules

  • International Perspectives in Early Years (30 credits)


  • Educational Leadership and Management (30 credits)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Graduate destinations

Once you have your Masters degree, you will have the opportunity to progress to our PhD and EdD awards, Doctoral level programmes aimed at helping you develop your capabilities even further

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6200International course feesGBP 12300

Entry requirements

  • An Honours Degree (Classification 2:2 or above).

  • GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent.

  • For all stages of the course, it is necessary for you to be able to have access to the Internet (to allow Blackboard access and e-mail contact for communication with course tutors and administrators)

  • Evidence of an Enhanced DBS check (The university can process this application. However, participants will be required to pay the standard fee).

  • If your first language is not English, you need to evidence at least one of the following:

    • a minimum score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
    • a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English)
    • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

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