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MA Education

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 management practice, theory, research and policy.


Flexible study options

We offer flexible study options so that you can choose your way of studying and work at your own pace around your professional commitments.


You can choose to study this course through:

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.

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-apl@bath.ac.uk if you have a question about your APL requirements.


Course structure

This course lasts for up to 5 years. You can choose when to start your studies through Summer School, Study Centres or distance learning.


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

  • Dissertation
  • Research methods in education

Compulsory unit group 2

Complete at least 2 and no more than 3 units from:

  • Assessment
  • Curriculum studies
  • Education in an international context
  • Educational enquiry 1
  • Leading and managing educational innovation
  • Leading and managing schools and colleges
  • Technologies for learning
  • Educational enquiry (six credit)

Compulsory unit group 3

Complete at least 1 from:

  • Education and society
  • Understanding learners and learning

MA Education (International Education)

Compulsory unit group 1

  • Dissertation
  • Education in an international context
  • Research methods in education

Compulsory unit group 2

Complete at least 1 and no more than 2 units from:

  • Assessment
  • Curriculum studies
  • Educational enquiry 1
  • Leading and managing educational innovation
  • Leading and managing schools and colleges
  • Technologies for learning
  • Educational enquiry (six credit)

Compulsory unit group 3

You must complete at least 1 unit from:

  • Education and society
  • Understanding learners and learning

MA Education (Learning and Teaching)

Compulsory unit group 1

  • Dissertation
  • Curriculum studies
  • Technologies for learning
  • Understanding learners and learning
  • Research methods in education

Compulsory unit group 2

Complete 1 unit from:

  • Assessment
  • Education and society
  • Education in an international context
  • Educational enquiry 1
  • Leading and managing educational innovation
  • Leading and managing schools and colleges
  • Educational enquiry (six credit)

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management)

Compulsory unit group 1

  • Dissertation
  • Education and society
  • Leading and managing educational innovation
  • Leading and managing schools and colleges
  • Research methods in education

Compulsory unit group 2

Complete 1 unit from:

  • Assessment
  • Curriculum studies
  • Education in an international context
  • Educational enquiry 1
  • Technologies for learning
  • Understanding learners and learning
  • Educational enquiry (six credit)

Learning and assessment

Learning

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

Assessment

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

Course video

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Entry requirements

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fees and funding

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Fees

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

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Tuition fees

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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

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.

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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.

If you undertake a Summer School or Study Centre then 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 THED-APM32

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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