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The full-time MA Education is a highly flexible degree. Depending on the modules you choose, you will graduate with one of two MA degree titles:
This degree is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals who want to develop their careers with a highly specific postgraduate degree.
We are really looking forward to you joining us in October. The course will be delivered using a hybrid approach of online teaching and learning and face-to-face contact, with a range of core content and optional modules which allows you to tailor the course to your own interests and career plans. It has been carefully designed to give you the opportunity to engage critically with theory and gain a clear understanding of how this relates to practice. The topics that you will explore as part of the course are timely and relevant as we create and design our modules in response to key areas of education deemed as priority by the government. I am sure you will enjoy the challenge of studying at MA level, and our team will be here to support you throughout the whole process.
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.
You will need to complete 180 credits to achieve the full MA award as follows:
If you choose to leave the course before completing all 180 credits, then you may be awarded the following:
To gain an award in the Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion route, you need to study both of the SEND-focused optional modules on offer at the time of your study and have your thesis focus on an aspect of SEND-related theory, research and/or practice.
Explore mentoring and coaching of colleagues, students or other staff in educational establishments.
Understand the concepts behind inclusive policies in the UK and other countries, and examine and contrast how these policies translate into practice.
Study current educational policy and practice, grounded in a range of ideologies that suggest improvements within teaching, learning and assessment.
Explore the impact of supporting and working with children, young people, families and stakeholders in the area of social, emotional and mental health. Undertake a critical examination of the rights and needs of children with SEMH difficulties, including childhood adversity, and the impact of school policies and procedures in supporting participation and learning and preventing school exclusion.
Our typical offer is:
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If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at email@example.com for further advice.
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 education; this may be as a teacher or in another capacity in the field of education. A recognised teaching qualification is an advantage, but not an essential requirement 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.
The annual fee is:
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.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. The discount is also available to anyone with a connection to the North East who graduated in academic year 2019/20 with an undergraduate degree from any university, or who has graduated with an undergraduate degree from a university in the North East in academic year 2019/20 and has been unable to secure full-time graduate employment due to pressures of Covid-19. Read more about the discount.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
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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