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