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MA Education (starting April 2024)

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

Course overview

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 study pathways to focus your learning where you want to develop.

Please note: we're offering an updated and revised version of our MA Education course from October 2024. This covers the same core topics, but has a new structure and updated content. Find out more about our updated MA Education course

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.

Gain key skills

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.

We also offer the option of studying towards the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates as part of this course, which may increase your career options further.

Flexible and collaborative learning

You can choose to study your chosen pathway in a variety of different ways.

All units are self-led and online, meaning you can complete this course entirely through distance learning. But you can combine this with short periods of face-to-face learning at our Summer School.

However you choose to study your units, you will interact and collaborate with other students and tutors as you learn. You will receive online support for your coursework assignments and have access to a wealth of online resources via the University library.

Please note: Units studied during a Summer School will still require you to work through and complete the materials online. Summer Schools are designed to complement and enhance your self-led, distance learning.

Study pathways

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

MA Education

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)

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. If you select the required units, this pathway allows you to complete the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate.

MA Education (Learning and Teaching)

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

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management)

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 leadership and management practice, theory, research and policy.

Flexible study options

You can study your chosen units in different ways. All methods include self-led learning, but you can experience face-to-face teaching to enhance your experience.

Summer School

Experience face-to-face teaching sessions on our Bath campus. You'll meet staff and students, and be able to exchange ideas with other educators from all around the world.

Distance Learning (online)

All units on this course are available to study online. Distance learning is self-led and can be completed flexibly around your other commitments.

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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 can prepare you for further study at doctoral level PhD or Doctor of Education (EdD).

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Course structure

This course lasts for up to 4 years. You can choose when to start your studies through Summer School or distance learning.

Study pathway structures

You will need to apply for the specific pathway you want to study.

Learning and assessment

The below learning and assessment methods apply to all pathways.


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


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online web-forum contributions
  • Policy evidence and data review
  • Presentations
  • Seminar

Entry requirements

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

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 of 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
  • successfully completed the 30 credit Postgraduate Certificate in International Education (PGCiE) at the University of Bath, enabling you to seek a direct transfer to the MA Education

Minimum non-graduate qualifications

  • 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.

Requirements for your country

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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

Changes to teaching

Summer School

Our 2024 Summer School is only open to current MA Education or PGCiE students.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have studied postgraduate master's level units in education at another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning provided that this study was completed less than about four or five years ago.

You can email if you think you may be eligible for APL credit.

If you have specific questions about course entry requirements, please email

Fees and funding

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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 Summer School.

You must pay the cost of attending the Summer School 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.

IT requirements

To take full advantage of the online resources available to you, you will need regular access to a computer with a microphone and camera, along with a reliable internet connection. The University will make available to you the key software you need for your course, including access to Microsoft Teams through your University account.

How to pay

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, or bank transfer.

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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.

If you undertake a Summer School, you will be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink, alongside any unit and registration fees.

Application information

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Course title: Education

Final award: MA

Mode of study: Part-time, distance learning

Course code: Multiple

Department: Department of Education

Location: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

UK/EU application deadline: Various

Overseas deadline: Various

Application eligibility: UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Regulator: The Office for Students (OfS)

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This course has multiple start dates.

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‘My MA at Bath enabled me to develop skills as a research writer. Specifically, in the presentation of complex data and findings in a format which is accessible to educators in the field.’
Chris Jenkinson MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management)

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