Study

MA Education

Qualifications and durations

If you are considering full-time study then you may be interested MA International Education and Globalisation.

MA Education (part-time)

  • Part-time MA (90 credits - 2-5 years)

It is possible to study the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates as part of this course.

Overview

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Take an indepth look at education research, policy and practice on this master’s, which is offered on a highly flexible basis.

If you are looking to study education at master’s level, then this course enables you to learn in a way that fits with your own work priorities and commitments.

You can choose from four different study pathways to focus your learning where you want to develop. We offer flexible study options so that you can choose your way of studying and work at your own pace around your professional commitments.

Whether you are working as a teacher, lecturer, trainer, educational leader, manager or administrator – or aspiring to a career in education – this course will give you a significant insight into the latest trends and leading-edge research, and how those impact on policy and practice.

You will learn how to undertake and use educational research, and to reflect on your own practice, using your knowledge of the latest educational trends and developments, to inform and enhance the way you work.

We also offer the option of studying towards the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates as part of our education master's. This will enhance your career options further and improve your International Baccalaureate programme expertise, if you take this route.

You will leave this course with:

  • knowledge of research-informed practice, trends and the latest developments in education
  • a greater understanding of current educational issues to enhance your own professional practice
  • improved research, analysis and critical thinking skills
  • experience of undertaking a small-scale research project in your own professional context
  • the skills and knowledge to able to make an enhanced contribution to policy and practice in education

The qualification you receive will help to enhance your career opportunities. The international education sector increasingly requires master’s-level qualifications for promoted posts. The International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates will increase your career options further.

Study pathways

You can choose one of the following study pathways as part of this course.

MA Education

The MA Education pathway allows you the greatest flexibility in choice of units and dissertation topic (with the exception of those opting to take the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate, who are required to take specific units).

MA Education (International Education)

The International Education pathway is designed for those who wish to develop knowledge and an understanding of issues relating to education beyond the national context. Depending on your interests, you can focus on issues relating to educational practices in different national systems, on international schools and/or on other issues cutting across national contexts.

MA Education (Learning and Teaching)

If you wish to develop a deeper understanding of learning and teaching and enhance your professional practice then the Learning and Teaching pathway is for you. Core units explore learning theories and the role of new technologies.

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management)

The Educational Leadership and Management pathway is designed to meet the needs of professionals who wish to enhance their work as leaders and managers, or who aspire to a leadership role. You will gain an in-depth understanding of current educational management practice, theory, research and policy.

Flexible study options

You can choose to study this course through:

  • Summer School
  • Study Centres
  • Distance Learning

You can choose to complete the course entirely though distance learning. We recommend you attend at least one face-to-face unit, so that you can benefit from working with tutors and other students.

Graduate prospects

This course is ideal if you wish to progress your career within an educational organisation.

Many of our graduates have gone on to be leaders and managers in education. Others have used the course to embark on successful careers in teaching, lecturing or administration.

Bath graduates have gone on to work as (or been promoted to):

  • teachers, leaders and administrators in schools around the world (national and international schools)
  • principals/vice principals (national and international schools)
  • academics and administrators in higher education
  • education roles in non government organisations
  • education roles in local and national government
  • roles in national and international education organisations including learning companies and awarding organisations

This degree will also prepare you for further study at doctoral level PhD or Doctor of Education (EdD).

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate master's level units in education from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

You can email education-ma@bath.ac.uk if you have a question about your APL requirements.

Course structure

For the 90 credits required for the MA Education, you acquire 60 credits through taught units and 30 credits by completing a dissertation. Typically, you complete five 12 credit taught units. One of the taught units must be the Research Methods in Education which is worth 12 credits, another of the taught units must be Understanding Learners and Learning or Education and Society (your choice may depend on which pathway you choose).

  • Distance learning study commences at two fixed points in the year, 1 March and 1 September.
  • Units taught at Summer School start in July.
  • Units are taught at Study Centres throughout the year.
  • You can study units in any order, but you must complete each unit within six months.
  • You can study up to two units at any one time and you have between two and five years to complete the course.

Occasionally we make changes to our courses in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised course, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

MA Education route units

Compulsory unit group 1
Compulsory unit group 2

You must complete at least 2 and no more than 3 units from:

Compulsory unit group 3

You must complete at least 1 and no more than 2 units from:

MA Education (International Education)

Compulsory unit group 1
Compulsory unit group 2

You must complete at least 1 and no more than 2 units from:

Compulsory unit group 3

You must complete at least 1 and no more than 2 units from:

MA Education (Learning and Teaching)

Compulsory unit group 1
Compulsory unit group 2

You must complete 1 unit from:

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management)

Compulsory unit group 1
Compulsory unit group 2

You must complete 1 unit from:

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay

Entry requirements

British qualifications

You should have:

  • a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above or
  • a degree that is not a 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) plus at least 2 years relevant experience in a relevant field or sector or
  • a teaching qualification (gained after at least the equivalent of 2 satisfactory years of higher education) plus at least 2 years of relevant experience in a relevant field or sector

The minimum non-graduate qualifications acceptable for admissions are:

  • an advanced diploma in education and at least 2 years of relevant experience or
  • a teaching qualification (gained after at least the equivalent of 2 satisfactory years of higher education) and at least 2 years of relevant experience

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree (for example, professional experience in education).

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Canadian qualifications

A Bachelor’s (Honours) degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 70%).

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Chinese qualifications

A four year Bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

French qualifications

A Licence with a final overall score of at least 12 out of 20 (assez bien).

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Greek qualifications

A University Bachelor degree (Ptychio) or Diploma with a final overall score of at least 7 out of 10.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Indian qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Italian qualifications

A Laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Saudi Arabian qualifications

A four year Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 75% (GPA of at least 3.5 out of 5.0 or 3.0 out of 4.0).

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Spanish qualifications

A Titulo de Licenciado or Titulo de Ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.5.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

For this course, alternative ways of demonstrating English language proficiency through professional experience may be available. For example, if you're a class teacher, teaching in English, on an International Baccalaureate programme or similar in a recognised English-medium international school (an IB World School) and you have been teaching in such a school for at least two years. If you think this might apply to you, please describe your experience clearly in your application.

Fees and funding

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

Extra costs

You must pay a deposit of £200 per unit if studying at the University of Bath. This is non-refundable but will be deducted from the total unit cost.

There is an administration charge of £50 per unit, if studying at the University of Bath. Local admin charges will apply for Study Centres.

You must pay the cost of attending the Summer School or Study Centres if you choose those routes. This includes travel, breakfast and evening meals and accommodation. You must cover the costs of IT equipment to enable participation on the course from a distance.

If you're applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), there is a non-refundable administrative fee of £50 payable. A further fee of £70 may be charged if further work is required to verify or otherwise establish the claim. Payment of the extra fee does not guarantee the success of an application.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying and printing. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Application information

Course title: Education
Final award: MA
Mode of study: Part-time, distance learning
Course code: THED-APM32
Department: Department of Education
Location: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
UK/EU application deadline: 4 January 2019, for March 2019 start
Overseas deadline: 4 January 2019, for March 2019 start
Application eligibility: UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
Regulator: The Office for Students (OfS)

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