Masters in Education

Masters in Education

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The Masters in Education is a modular 180-credit Level 7 course designed for education-related practitioners in all phases of their career. The programme will give students (e.g. teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational leaders, or managers and administrators) an opportunity to study education at postgraduate level. It aims to:

  • Stimulate critical reflection on the impact of social, political and economic factors on education and training at a national and supranational level.
  • Support practitioners to develop innovative approaches to learning and workplace training.
  • Enable graduates to manage, lead and institute positive change across a range of current contexts for education studies.
  • Facilitate collaborative working with external stakeholders and communities, other academics, as well as employers and special interest groups.
  • Develop socio-political awareness, dispositions and practices, knowledge and skills relevant to working with diverse student populations.
  • Encourage graduates to formulate research priorities for the immediate future.
  • Empower graduates to face new occupational challenges across the changing contexts of education and training through the acquisition of transferable knowledge and skills and complex problem-solving strategies.
  • Prepare practitioners to negotiate the challenges associated with changing national policy directives and institution-wide priorities.
  • Cultivate intellectual curiosity and intellectual independence through project-based, activity-orientated and self-regulated learning

The programme will be delivered over six Saturdays per semester in years one and two. Between workshops students will receive one-to-one academic guidance from personal tutors in supervision meetings. Where appropriate, students will draw on professional supervisors and workplace mentors to facilitate development and provide constructive feedback. Students will also be supported by their peers within their e-professional community. This will consist of Critical Friendship Groups (CFGs) and Collaborative Learning Groups (CLGs).

Delivery will take place over two Saturdays per semester in the 3rd year of the programme, with an increase in supervision meetings in between workshops.



Duration 3 years
Study mode Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72655-10
Fee £2,000 per academic year

What you learn

In the first year of the programme students will undertake the following two compulsory modules:

  • Education Studies
  • Contemporary Education Policy

The course promotes choice and flexibility and in the second year of the programme – as well as studying a mandatory module titled Educational Inquiry - candidates can choose from one of six specialist study modules depending on the field of education that interests them. Modules may include:

  • Change Management in Education
  • Applied Critical Pedagogy
  • Changing Contexts for Learning
  • Specific Educational Needs
  • Language and Literacy Learning
  • Education for Sustainable Development


Benefits / Skills you will develop

Students will learn how to:

  • Engage critically with a range of research methods used in the field of education studies.
  • Make sound empirical judgements on the outcomes of educational processes in the context of a changing educational environment.
  • Synthesise evidence from a range of professional discourses on education as a basis for research-informed practice and problem resolution.
  • Challenge existing assumptions and paradigms in educational practice to propose or formulate novel solutions to practice problems.
  • Relate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills to current skills, knowledge and perspectives.

How you will be assessed

A range of assessment strategies will be used. These may include the following:

  • Living Poster
  • Case Study
  • Individual Investigation
  • Online Multimedia Exhibit
  • Design Project
  • Dissertation

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 Honours degree, or equivalent) from a recognised university, or a degree that is not a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent, plus at least two years of relevant experience in a relevant field or sector.
  • Candidates who have successfully completed a professional or vocational qualification in education equivalent to Level 7 study may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • If candidates have successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, they might be able to count the credits acquired towards Year 1 of the qualification by applying for credit transfer.
  • Candidates will need to be working in a teaching or teaching-related, support or leadership position in a relevant sector.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time teacher education courses for a September 2019 start please apply here

What's next

The programme may support those who wish to pursue careers in Educational Leadership and Management. It can also support those who wish to enter into a policy-making role. Candidates who successfully complete the programme may wish to progress onto doctoral level study.


Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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