Working within the integrated curriculum framework for the PDP, we offer the opportunity to tailor each unit to individual needs and contexts
Following enrolment, students attend an induction event. F Induction includes a welcome and introduction, library and resources briefing, and academic student support session. Further details will be available on the Welcome Website following enrolment. Please note that as well as the beginning of the academic year, it is also possible to start this MA in January (or June by request).
A full Masters is 180 credits at level 7, and at MMU this is divided in to 4 x 30 credit taught units, plus a (60 credit) dissertation.
Each 30 credit taught unit lasts four months (units start in October, February and June) and begins with a unit conference event from 6pm Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. Unit conferences are non-residential (and we appreciate most students like to get back to their own beds/families if possible) but good value accommodation options are available close to the Brooks Building for those students coming from distance (information on these will be provided).
Keynote speakers will normally be timetabled for Friday evenings and will introduce issues of broad relevance and at the forefront of thinking about education and education practices. On Saturday and Sunday (morning) students will largely be working in small, award-specific groups with specialist tutors. You should leave with ideas for the assignment you will be working on!
The unit conference is followed by (a minimum of) two further (evening) group seminars/tutorials, supported by a dedicated VLE resource, and individual tutorial contact with an award tutor to support assignment work. For students at distance participation in group seminars may be possible via Skype or similar.
Every unit offers opportunities for formative assessment feedback on a draft or plan, before final submission.
The dissertation is supported by individual and group supervision, a dedicated electronic resource, and group events.
All students are also invited to our MMU Postgraduate Sessions monthly evening sessions where staff and doctoral students present their ongoing research (sessions are also podcasted where possible).
Unit conference dates for 2017/18 are: (please note these, its important that students can attend):
Students with recent (within five years) PGCE normally enter the MSc STEM Education with advanced standing, that is, with 60 credits. This means you will complete two taught units (including Research and Practice) before progressing to Dissertation.
Other relevant and certificated level 7 (recent) qualifications may also allow advanced standing via accreditation of prior learning procedures and you should indicate on your application form if this might apply to you.
In addition, it is possible with the agreement of your Award Tutor to incorporate recognition of prior experiential learning, that is, via relevant work experience that you may have. Further advice and guidance on this will be given by your Award Tutor after enrolment.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.
For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/staff/
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.
This course will enhance your professional and career prospects. Many former students have moved into positions of responsibility following successful completion of their STEM Masters. The academic and intellectual skills that you develop are highly prized.
Specifically, the MSc STEM Education in the Faculty of Education at MMU:
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This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.
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