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.
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.
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.
Examine the physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional difficulties which may be encountered by children and young people.
Examine the breadth of approaches to learning available for pupils with Special or Additional needs, such as behaviourist and child-centred approaches.
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.
Critically reflect and develop your practice in the classroom, to raise standards of teaching and learning and enhance your career development.
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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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.
The annual fee for this course is:
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.
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.
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.