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  • International students: Due to high volumes, any international applications received after 25 June can't be considered for September 2021 entry. You are welcome to apply for the next available intake (details below).
 

Course overview

The MA Education (Applied) enhances your knowledge and understanding of education and develops your academic, professional, employability and work-related skills and knowledge appropriate education sector you are interested in.

Transferable skills help your practical and professional development by consolidating, enhancing and extending your disciplinary expertise, experience and abilities. The Applied route enables you to work directly with an organisation, applying and demonstrating the knowledge and skills you gain during the first stage of your course.

The course focuses on:

  • a self-selected aspect of education that will be of value to your professional development
  • your capacity to operate as a reflective professional in educational settings
  • increasing your understanding of the professional attitudes and ethics in the workplace and/or a research-based environment
  • supporting you to develop a range of advanced research skills appropriate to postgraduate study and professional practice to critically evaluate existing work, and design research to further knowledge within education
  • real-world practical experience in a professional setting to enhance your employability and underpin your academic learning.

The course comprises four modules, and a dissertation and Applied Practice module. There are 12 weeks of learning and teaching or placement activity in each of the four semesters you study in over the length of the course.

* Subject to University approval

 

Course details

Course structure

Core Modules

Applied Practice

Applied Practice is undertaken over a one semester period, where you gain real-world practical experience in a professional setting to enhance your employability skills and underpin your academic learning.

Combining Professional and Academic Practice

You study with other students from a range of educational backgrounds and can consolidate your professional development and academic knowledge. You focus on an educational issue that’s relevant to you, negotiated with your tutor. You apply learning from contemporary academic theory and research, reflecting on how the issue may enhance practice. This module is suitable for practitioners and non-practitioners. Assessment is a 4,500-word critical commentary supported by a portfolio of evidence focused on an aspect of professional educational activity - this is 100% of your final mark.

Contextualising Education

You explore contemporary education debates and examine the wider context of current education provision, and how this impacts on practice. You consider the relationship between ideas and processes in education, both nationally and internationally. Formative feedback is facilitated through tutor and student-led discussions in seminars and workshops. Assessment is a 4,500-word assignment, where you critically discuss the wider context of an educational artefact, document or image you have selected. This is 100% of your final mark.

Dissertation

You work closely with an allocated supervisor to conduct research into an area appropriate to your course route. Your supervisor is matched to you based on the topic area of your dissertation. You review relevant literature, select appropriate research methodology and methods, collect and analyse data and produce a 18,000-word dissertation.

Educational Research: Practice and Planning

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills you require to undertake systematic primary research in the field of education as part of your Advanced Independent Study module.

It explores and questions the uses and applications of research methodologies, data collection methods, data analysis methods and issues of ‘good practice’ including reliability, validity and ethics.

There will be 32 hours of tutor support available through workshops, project supervision etc. but the module will emphasise your autonomy in determining, in a reflexive manner, appropriate decision making and independent learning.

Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

You develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake a literature search and plan a literature review, in preparation for your dissertation. You discuss the importance of literature reviews in the research process, in your chosen area of knowledge or professional practice. The formative assessment is a literature search which you carry out individually and discuss in seminars. The summative assessment is a 4,500-word essay, where you compare and contrast two approaches to literature review, and reflect on, and critique, your chosen literature-search strategy. This is100% of your final mark.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

As a master’s degree student, you will graduate with in-depth and advanced knowledge and understanding of your subject and/or profession, informed by current practice, scholarship and research (QAA, 2015). This includes a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject and/or profession; critical skills; research skills; knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics; and the ability to reflect on your own progress as a learner. You will be taught by a course team made up of Senior Lecturers, Principal Lecturers and Associate Professors who will work with you to develop those skills.

Taught sessions include seminars, discussions and workshops that held are online and in the classroom and you learn through a blend of directed and self-directed study. Before you start the course it would be useful for you to think about an aspect of education that interests you and that you think you could explore within each module. That then helps you to apply your learning on the course to something familiar and you can then see how theories and concepts actually work. Within the Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research, Contextualising Education and Combining Professional and Academic Practice modules you will receive three hours per week of teaching time, made up of two hours on one evening and a further one hour online session on another evening. For the Educational Research Practice and Planning module the contact time is two hours per week with three hours of individual tutorials later in the module. For the Dissertation module students are assigned a supervisor for up to ten hours of individual meetings, additionally, there are seminar sessions with the module leader and the course leader.

The Applied Practice module allows you to work directly with an education organisation, applying and demonstrating the knowledge and skills you have learned during the first stage of your course. Although we cannot guarantee placements for students, we can provide you with practical support and advice to secure your own work experience with a company. During this module you’ll be supported by University staff to reflect on your learning and give evidence of what you have gained from your time within the organisation through reflective portfolio. Outside of the formally taught sessions, students are also expected to work independently under staff guidance, with an emphasis on reading extensively on a weekly basis.

How you are assessed

The assessment tasks in the course, including formative assessment tasks, are varied and targeted at the appropriate postgraduate level capabilities. They reflect the challenges particular to each of the modules and provide you with a range of assessment experiences in order to explore your attainments more fully. Formative assessment is an important part of the course and your development and each module has both formal and informal formative activities and practices.

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods that include:
essays
critical commentary
case study
a critique of research literature and a research proposal as well as your final research report and reflective report

 
 

Entry requirements

Standard Postgraduate criteria will apply, plus:
In exceptional cases applicants who can demonstrate suitable significant experience and/or further study in the education discipline may be considered for the course and may be asked to attend an informal interview to assess their suitability.

This will include:

• intellectual and academic suitability for the course
• a written record of the informal interview will be kept
• IELTS requirement average of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Employability

Career opportunities

You gain in-depth and advanced knowledge and understanding of your subject and/or profession, informed by current practice, scholarship and research (QAA, 2015). This includes a critical awareness of current issues and developments in education; critical skills; research skills; knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics; and the ability to reflect on your own progress, which all directly benefit your future career. You will be equipped to contribute to the learning of your own students and educational policy and practice. The University’s careers and employability team can support your career planning, job seeking and applications.

You secure your own work experience with the support of the course team. Mentors guide and advise you while on work placement.

Work placement

The Applied Practice module affords students the opportunity to be placed on an internship, research or study abroad project working alongside the University’s Student Futures team. Such projects could include placement in a public or private workplace, or a research project.

 

Information for international applicants

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2021/22 entry

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£4,335 a year

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£7,500 a year

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