Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • An expert team of tutors working across the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing
  • Masters level continuing professional development tailored for your own context, priorities and interests, drawing on multi/interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Offers an opportunity to work with those engaged in STEM education subject disciplines at various levels and to develop a shared understanding of STEM education as an inter-disciplinary and applied approach
  • Places enquiry and purpose at the heart of professional practice
  • Flexible award structure and three starting points (October, February, June)
  • Participation in a large, dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community
  • Course design and delivery to fit with busy work, and other, commitments
  • Possibility of accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL)
  • Masters level credits from other courses, subject to certain conditions

About the course

Working within the integrated curriculum framework for the PDP, we offer the opportunity to tailor each unit to individual needs and contexts

Units

  • Mapping the Territory: critical concepts and issues
  • Specialist Supported Project
  • Shaping the Future 
  • Research and Practice
  • Dissertation

Structure and commitment

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, it’s important that students can attend):

  • 6-8 October 2017 - Mapping the Territory and Research and Practice
  • 9-11 February 2018 - Specialist (Supported) Project and Research and Practice
  • 8-10 June 2018 - Shaping the Future

Accreditation of Prior Learning

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.  

Programme Review

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 details

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.

Teaching Staff

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/

Typical entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply.

You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).

For Further Information

Tutor Contact: Pauline Palmer p.m.palmer@mmu.ac.uk

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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.

Apply online now

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

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:

  • Demonstrates to employers a level of intellectual rigour, and the capacity for sustained and systematic engagement.
  • The course also brings the students’ continued professional development into sharp focus - it offers channels to support your current priorities, targets and aspirations
  • Further, it encourages students to apply their new thinking in practice in systematic ways. As such, it creates opportunities for its participants to form creative and innovative modes of practice - and also the impetus for them to actually carry these forward. In this way, our students are able to build their reputations as systematic, evidence-driven innovators.
  • The MSc STEM Education is also a good option for practitioners to develop more critical and theoretical insights about practice.  If you are considering continuing with your studies on completion of your Masters by pursuing a research degree (MPhil, EdD or PhD) then you will find the MA Education a good foundation

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

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.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.