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MA – Education Studies

This is a Distance Learning programme, and there will be no requirement to attend any of our campuses to complete your learning. However, please note that for the purposes of registration, all students will be registered at our University Campus Doncaster (UCDon)

Do you strive to be a specialist in a particular area of Education?

Are you interesting in being challenged in your understanding of the term ‘education’?

This course will provide the opportunity to develop the following intellectual, practical skills and knowledge –

  • Independent critical thinking
  • Question and challenge ideas and arguments
  • Present and defend an intellectual argument
  • Critically engage with issues, concepts and debates
  • Combine advanced scholarship and autonomous learning within own educational context

The distinctiveness of the programme is the method of enquiry- based learning that is embedded in practice. The course challenges the nature and meaning of ‘education’ and current practice, drawing upon social, cultural and educational theory to critically engage with debates and dilemmas within the education sector. The modules enable the opportunity to explore aspects of education relevant to own context or interests. To apply new learning through facilitating innovation and transformation of educational practice and critically reflecting upon impact.

The MA in Education provides a structured pathway for professional development and scholarship within the field of education. Completing the course will enable you to leave as specialists in areas of practice within own area of education or professional interests.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 7

  • Delivery


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    2 Years

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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

Year 1

  • Assessment for Learning and Digital Technologies
  • Small Scale Work Based Research Project
  • Local, National and Global Perspectives in Education

Year 2

  • Attachment, Trauma and Therapeutic Interventions to Support Wellbeing
  • Major Independent Study

Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.



Teaching and Assessment Methods

The primary way of delivering this course is on online.

The delivery modes of this programme support those in paid employment by facilitating flexibility of access to materials.

The virtual learning platform CANVAS provides all learning materials in one accessible place. As the teaching approach needs to be flexible, we will provide you with narrated recordings of lecture material.  This gives context to the lecture content and facilitates a deeper understanding of the material. Due to being distance learning it is important to include the face of the lecturer on the recorded materials, this not only helps you to focus on the content but to also see `a real person` who is there to support you. Live broadcasts are also provided so that seminar work can be shared with peers and discussion opportunities provided.

Weekly Discussion forums will enable you to engage in peer collaboration with the cohort to support development of a community of practice. You will explore key points, ideas and real scenarios to contextualise learning.

Face to face Group and Individual Tutorials will be held to support assessments and each module leader will have two group tutorial sessions with you and additional individual tutorials to allow you to explore ideas in greater depth, pursue your own research interests, clarify ideas and access guidance. The learning platform allows students to connect to staff through MS Teams or similar platform.

Students will receive between 6 hours and 8 hours of teaching time per week throughout this course, depending on the modules being taken. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support.

You will need to have obtained an undergraduate Honours degree with minimum of a lower second-class Honours, in a relevant subject; or have a relevant teaching qualification, also with a minimum of lower second-class Honours degree in any subject. Applicants with an Honours degree, with minimum of a lower second-class, in any subject, with experience in education, will be considered on an individual basis.

You would normally be expected to will be working or volunteering within the field of education, for example:; an early years setting, a school, college, university or in an educational role for the Local Authority.

You will be required to have an interview with the Programme Leader or member of the academic team to ensure suitability before commencement on the course.

We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

This course is particularly relevant to people already working in or looking to develop a career within the different areas of the education sector.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees


£3945.00 per year.

Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities

If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 01724 294125