Education MA


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MA Education
1 year full-time plus dissertation, 2 years part-time or via summer school plus dissertation
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent).
Other requirements
Applicants should have one year of full-time work or volunteer experience in an educational setting; a teaching qualification that includes a substantial placement-based component (eg. PGCE) will be considered acceptable experience
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September, January or July
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This is a unique modular course designed to reflect the needs of individuals or organisational cohorts, and deepen and refine your capacity for critical reflection on your practice.
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The overall purpose of the MA Education is to deepen and refine your capacity for critical reflection on your practice as well as on the mental models which inform your work. Systematic practitioner inquiry is therefore an organising principle that underpins all modules on the programme, and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to your professional practice.

While each module has its own unique focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of historical, political and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

A hallmark of the MA Education is its commitment to equity and diversity, and its flexibility to meet the needs of individuals and organisations. Flexibility is evident in terms of offering you a range of:

  • specialist module options to create a personally and professionally meaningful qualification
  • modes of delivery to take account of individual needs and professional contexts
  • exit points en-route to a full masters programme
The MA course provided me with the unique opportunity to research my own practice and develop a greater understanding of the issues facing schools today. This further underpinned my teaching philosophy and has been fundamental in leading to further career progression; now as a Head of Department I am able to implement many of the forward thinking ideas discussed in such a developmental setting. In all aspects of my studies at The University of Nottingham it has been the relationship between the staff and their students which make it such a rewarding and highly enjoyable place to enter the teaching profession.

Tom Kitson, PGCE Geography, progressing to MA Education

Course start dates

Full-time: September
Part-time: September (for all students) or January (for home/EU students only) or July through Summer School (for all students)
Cohort: Start date negotiable


The staff listed below are module convenors for the 'Education' modules. They are joined by a much larger team of other tutors teaching on elective modules.


Course details

The taught element of this course can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. There is then an eight-month dissertation period.

It is available to individuals and also cohorts from single schools or consortiums.

The course comprises modules totalling 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exit points.

There are currently two core modules and an extensive selection of elective modules which can be taken from a range of MA programmes in the School of Education. All modules are 30-credits, unless otherwise stated.

Full-time students will be required to choose two modules per semester, while part-time students will choose one per semester. You can view an example timetable but please note this is subject to change.

Please note: Modules available in Summer School may only be offered on alternate years.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words (or equivalent). To complete the masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.

The dissertation is an original piece of work completed under individual supervision and should be 12,000-15,000 words related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Individual applicants

The Education MA offers a flexible approach to planning your study so there are different modes of study available to you. Modules are taught in a variety of ways to ensure access to the curriculum. These may include the following:

View more information about our MA Eduation for individuals.

Cohort applicants

The School of Education welcomes approaches from educational organisations looking for a bespoke programme for their own staff, perhaps in collaboration with other local organisations (eg. partner schools, feeder schools, special schools, PRU, FE colleges, integrated services) to create or develop a local network of educators learning together.

Staff from the School of Education will deliver the modules on your own premises or in a local community setting, usually for a group of 12 or more, and sessions will be scheduled by negotiation with group members. These may take place in any of the following formats or a combination of all three:

  • During twilight sessions after school
  • On inset days
  • Weekend or holiday day

View more information about our MA Eduation for cohorts.


To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadline applies:

Application deadlines
Mode of studyStudentsStart dateApplication deadline
Part-time Home/EU 25 January 2017 6 January 2017

Nottingham graduates

If you are a University of Nottingham PGCE graduate and started your course between September 2010 and September 2013, you will have received an automatic offer for the MA Education course and so will not need to submit a new application to us. You will need to contact our Admissions Office to accept your offer and to confirm the date you wish to start your MA. Whilst on the PGCE the automatic offer you were given was valid for five years, and so if you are out of this time frame, you will need to follow through with the online application process.

If you have previously studied the PGCEi course with The University of Nottingham, then you will not have received an automatic offer and so will need to submit a new application to us for consideration.

As a University of Nottingham graduate, you will not have to pay for your application.

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply on entry for exemption for credit requirements of the course. Please visit our ROL pages for further information.



The MA Education has two core modules - Practice-Based Inquiry (30 credits) and the Dissertation (60 credits).

The remainder of the 90 credits come from elective modules grouped in subject areas. View our module guide for further information.

ModuleMode of teachingExperience required
Practice-Based Inquiry
(30 credits)

Also available within Educational Leadership and Management
Evening/daytime sessions in the autumn and spring semesters. Also block study in Summer School. We would normally expect you to have one year's relevant experience but this could include your PGCE year (teaching practice).            
(60 credits)
Self-directed study.  

ModuleMode of teachingExperience required
Subject area: Education
Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research and Practice Evening sessions in the autumn semester or in Summer School on an annual rotating basis. You would normally be an education practitioner or have access to a classroom setting but this could include your PGCE year (teaching practice).
Schools, Society and Mental Well Being Evening sessions in the autumn semester. We would normally expect you to have two years' relevant experience.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Years Spring semester or in Summer School. You would normally be an education practitioner or have access to a classroom setting but this could include your PGCE year (teaching practice).
Mentoring Beginning Teachers Evening sessions in the autumn and spring semesters. You must be working as a mentor to beginning teachers or have negotiated agreed access to a mentor/mentee arrangement in a school or college.
Subject area: Educational Leadership and Management
Leading Learning Morning and afternoon sessions in the autumn semester. Also block study in Summer School. We would normally expect you to have two years' relevant experience. 
Issues in Educational Leadership
Effective Leadership and Change in Education
Subject area: Learning, Technology and Education
Introduction to the Learning Sciences Evening sessions in the autumn and spring semesters. You would normally be an education practitioner and have two years' relevant experience.
The Social Contexts of Educational Technology
Subject area: Special Needs
Relationships and Behaviour

In each semester you can take one module if studying part-time and two if studying full-time. Evening sessions and also block study in Summer School. The modules are supplemented by an induction day and a study weekend in January each year.

We would normally expect you to have two years' relevant experience.

Communication and Literacy
Researching Special and Inclusive Education
Debating Special and Inclusive Education
Subject area: Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning  
Literacies and Learning in and out of School Evening sessions in the autumn and spring semesters. We would normally expect you to have experience of working as teachers in schools, or as educators in less formal arts or community-based settings, for example, in arts organisations, community literacy projects, in the production and distribution of texts in traditional and new media or in arts-based therapies. 
Creativity, Places and Spaces


Summer School

Summer School takes place annually over a two-week period commencing the last week in July. Summer School offers the opportunity to study one or two 30-credit modules in intensive teaching blocks, with continued academic support available during the subsequent period of self-guided study. Summer School modules can be combined with modules provided during other semesters. It is possible to study four modules over two Summer School periods.

MA Education (Flexible)

You are allowed to take one module from the MA Education (Flexible) as one of your four taught modules.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Funding information is available on the school website. Funding information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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