Education (Independent Distance Learning) MA

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Become a specialist in Education. Expand your knowledge. Broaden your career options.

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The content of the course is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification.

This programme is taught using web-based materials. Many modules have quite open content so that you have the flexibility to pursue your personal interests.

Why us?

  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Students are able to study in a flexible, independent and yet well supported manner that enables them to achieve a Masters qualification whilst also being busy as full-time teachers or trainers
  • Students are able to share and benefit from being a member of a global ‘community of learning and educational practice’ within each of their modules
  • Graduate from a UK university which has been training teachers for over 100 years

Course structure

You can learn from anywhere in the world that has good internet access, as learning materials will be e-books, online journal papers and other online resources.

Compared to an undergraduate programme, you will find that this Masters programme requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include written assignments and a 15,000-word Masters dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Criticality (30 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • Masters Thesis (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose two):

  • Mentoring and Coaching (30 credits)
  • Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 credits)
  • Assessment: Theory into Pedagogic Practice (30 credits)
  • The Nature of Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 credits)
  • Barriers to Learning (30 credits)
  • Advanced Pedagogical Practice (30 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • As a distance-learning student, you'll be able to remotely access online journals, articles and e-books.

    The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials to help you make the most of our electronic resources.

    Library Services - distance learning


This distance-learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You'll need good internet access to use our Virtual Learning Environment, where you will access specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.

We also expect you to have experience of teaching or training, following your graduation from your first degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.

Fees and finance

Fees for this course are:

  • Total fee of £7,100
  • £395 per 10 credits

Please note, if you are a UK home student or EU student residing in the UK, you can apply for SLC funding if you choose to study the part-time course, on campus, over two years or the full-time course over one year. If you elect to take longer to complete the course or bring any Level 7 credits from prior study with you, you are likely to be ineligible for SLC funding.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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On completing this course your skills and understanding will be enhanced for roles in teaching, educational management and other educational settings. Higher salaries are available for teachers who take on additional responsibilities if teaching in the UK.

In the UK higher salaries are available for those who develop their professionalism and achieve the status of Excellent Teacher or Advanced Skills Teacher. The salary for an Advanced Skills Teacher can be in the region of £57,000. For those who take on additional management responsibility, the salary for a head teacher can be over £100,000 a year.

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