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MA Education

Develop the skills and abilities to enhance your educational practice and effectively support students with our MA Education Online degree. 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).

If your profession involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our MA Education Online degree is designed to help you. Learn how to undertake and use educational research and to reflect on your practice, using your knowledge of the latest educational trends and developments to inform and enhance the way you work.

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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.

Course requirements ➔

Entry requirements


24 months (part-time online)

Next start date

September 2024

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Course Details

MA Education Online

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

The MA Education Online 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 takes 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.

We also offer the MA Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership designed to help you develop an understanding of leadership and management within Higher Education.

Course Structure

  • The Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (PGCHE) is part-time over 9 months. (Year 1 below.)
  • The Postgraduate Diploma Higher Education (PGDipHE) is part-time over 15 months. (Year 1 and Year 2 below.)
  • The MA Education is part-time over 24 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

  • MA Education
    • Part-time: Online
  • MA Education
    • Part-time: Online

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Course requirements

The course demands show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments our course will involve.

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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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2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024)

MA Education: £13,150
Postgraduate Diploma Higher Education (PGDipHE): £8,800
Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (PGCHE): £4,450

By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £1000 Academic Master's Alumni Discount.

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available to help you invest in your future.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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