Education (Generic) MA

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The Education (Generic) MA is a highly flexible degree. Depending on the modules you choose, you will graduate with one of four MA degree titles:

  • MA Education (Generic)
  • MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Primary)
  • MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Secondary)
  • MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion)

This degree is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals who want to develop their careers with a highly specific postgraduate degree.

Why us?

  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Opportunity to study a Special Education Needs and Disabilities route
  • Study full-time, part-time or distance learning modes
  • Tailor the degree content to your interests
  • Carry out research which is specific to your own workplace

Course structure

This course is taught via seminars, workshops, support sessions, collaborative group work and discussion, tutorials, presentations, interactive practical sessions and directed private study.

Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, including the dissertation, and oral and written presentations. Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters degree requires a higher level of independent working. You'll have one-to-one support from staff throughout your degree.

This degree is also available as a part-time MA Education and a distance learning MA Education.

Core modules:

  • Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • Masters Project / Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Mentoring and Coaching (30 credits)

Explore mentoring and coaching of colleagues, students or other staff in educational establishments.

  • Inclusive Education From Policy to Practice (30 credits)

Understand the concepts behind inclusive policies in the UK and other countries, and examine and contrast how these policies translate into practice.

  • Barriers to Learning (30 credits)

Examine the physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional difficulties which may be encountered by children and young people.

  • Approaches to Learning for Learners with Special and Individual Needs (30 credits)

Examine the breadth of approaches to learning available for pupils with Special or Additional needs, such as behaviourist and child-centred approaches.

  • Introduction to Criticality (30 credits)

Examine the importance of critical thinking as the basis of all your study, located in the belief that critical thinking and analysis in the broader context of education is the model for educating critical professionals.

  • Developing Reflective Practice in Teaching (30 credits)

Critically reflect and develop your practice in the classroom, to raise standards of teaching and learning and enhance your career development.

  • The Nature of Teaching and Learning (30 credits)

Study current educational policy and practice, grounded in a range of ideologies that suggest improvements within teaching, learning and assessment.


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

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Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
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  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library resources which you might find particularly useful include:

    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals, including full-text education journals dating back to 1965
    • British Education Index, which contains information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK
    • Australian Education Index, which covers more than 130,000 documents relating to educational research, policy and practice
    • Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), which is a comprehensive, searchable bibliographic and full-text database of research and information. Over 650 journals are indexed
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
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You'll be taught in the David Goldman Informatics Centre on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s - a modern and vibrant campus with a riverside view.

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s is nestled between the River Wear and the sea, just two minutes from the coast, and set in expansive green space on the banks of the river next to the historic St Peter's Church. This provides a picturesque backdrop and a great location for travelling to the beach or the city centre.

The David Goldman Informatics Centre is most striking buildings inside and out and has been described as a ‘computing cathedral’ in the past, and with over 300 computer workstations in one space it’s easy to see why.

Entry requirements

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

You should also have experience of working in an educational institution. A recognised teaching qualification is an advantage, but not an essential requirements for this course.

If your first language isn’t English, you must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and at least 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.

Fees and finance

The annual fee is:

  • £5,600 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,000 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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This degree is ideal for teachers and people working in educational management who want to quickly progress their careers. The ability to specialise the content of the course offers opportunities in particular fields of education, such as Special Educational Needs.

The knowledge and skills you develop will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government.

Please note that this course does not qualify you as a teacher.

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The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Pedagogy has three research themes: Affective Issues in Learning and Teaching, Pedagogy and Critical Thinking in Specific Subject Areas, and Professional Education and Development. The Centre unifies the University’s research, influences policy, and organises conferences and professorial lectures.


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