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MA Education

Develop the skills and abilities to enhance your educational practice and effectively support students with our MA Education. The programme is rooted in professional experience and covers a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods, materials and technologies. We’ve designed this online, part-time course to fit around existing work and teaching commitments, particularly for those working in higher and further education, training, development or coaching. You can also choose our one-year Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (PGCHE) or two-year Postgraduate Diploma Higher Education (PGDipHE).

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent, in any discipline.

Plus 6 months of professional experience in developing other people.

Full requirements


30 months (part-time online)

Next start date

September 2021

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Course Details

MA Education

Enhance your teaching skills to improve student experience, working alongside like-minded professionals.

This course will enable you to:

  • Evaluate and apply a range of learning, teaching and assessment methods, for face-to-face and online delivery, with large and small groups of students.
  • Use learning technologies to develop effective learning materials, environments and support systems.
  • Use an innovative range of assessment techniques to support learning and enable students to monitor their own progress.
  • Reflect critically on the particular challenges of learning, teaching and assessment in your subject discipline.
  • Inform your learning and teaching practice through consideration of wider contextual policy, strategy and quality considerations.
  • Engage effectively with research and scholarship in your subject discipline.
  • Develop transferable skills, and professional skills and attributes. You’ll use a range of self, peer and student evaluation techniques to monitor your own learning and teaching practice and to underpin your reflective practice.
  • Produce a Professional Reflection, which records and plans further personal and professional development, and take responsibility for the continued development of your own learning.

You’ll be provided with all learning materials, including guidance for each module, ebook core texts, podcasts, presentations, articles to read, a discussion board and a wiki.

Course Structure

  • The Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (PGCHE) is part-time over one year. (Year 1 below.)
  • The Postgraduate Diploma Higher Education (PGDipHE) is part-time over two years. (Year 1 and Year 2 below.)
  • The MA Education is part-time over 30 months. (Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 below.)

Two compulsory modules

  • The Fundamentals of Teaching in Higher Education (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice and the Wider Context of Teaching and Learning (30 credits)

Compulsory module

  • Research Methodologies (30 credits)

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Curriculum Design and Development (Digital) (30 credits)
  • Widening Participation and Inclusive Practice (30 credits)
  • Work-based Learning (Apprenticeship and Employability) (30 credits)

Dissertation: a 15,000 word dissertation will be completed in the final academic year (60 credits)

Course Start Dates

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how you can fit these part-time, online courses around your existing commitments, take a look at our course dates.



A variety of assessments are used, including:

  • Portfolio
  • A literature review
  • 5000 word assignment, or equivalent
  • Reflective critical commentary
  • Oral presentations
  • Dissertation of 15,000 words
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There are two compulsory modules in year 1. There are two modules in year 2 – one compulsory and one optional. In the final year students will complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

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Fees and Applying


Applications for this course are now open.

Apply for the MA Education directly with the University.

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Course fees

  • Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (PGCHE): £4,000
  • Postgraduate Diploma Higher Education (PGDipHE): £8,000
  • MA Education: £12,000

By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan of up to £11,570.

See full details of course fees and payment structures on the fees and funding page.



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