Manchester Metropolitan University


Education Studies

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Study at our £139 million Brooks Building which has world-class facillities for teaching and learning
  • Many Education Studies teaching staff are actively involved in research at our Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and experienced in PhD supervision
  • Close collaboration with ESRI, including guests speakers and conferences

Student Profile: Marta Costa on the MA Education Studies

Marta Costa

"Studying the MA Education Studies was the natural step for me. I have always had a passion for research in education with an interest in understanding the background, such as theory as opposed to practice. I applied to Manchester Metropolitan University as the programme looked more interesting and I was unable to find a comparable masters at other universities that I researched.

I am finding the course enjoyable, I am able to look into areas that I want to, such as research methods, and carry out plenty of research. The course offers a lot of flexibility and is manageable; we focus on one module before starting the next, which gives me the right amount of time to delve into the subject. There are many options for modules, which makes it exciting.

By studying the MA it has strengthened my passion for research, I want to stay in university and eventually do a PhD. I have acquired new skills, such as research methods and have had the opportunity to specialise in areas that I really like, for example the Global Perspectives in Education unit. Through working on my own targets, I have become more independent and gained extra knowledge on educational systems making me better informed.

The tutors on the course are wonderful; they are approachable and have a relaxed way of delivering the sessions. It has been a nice cultural change, I did my undergraduate degree in Portugal and now I am doing the MA in the UK, so have had the best of both worlds!

My advice to anyone considering this MA would be to do your reading and attend the lessons, this really helps as the tutors give their perspectives on what you need to do. I would definitely recommend this course to those interested in the background to education."

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Placement options

Whilst there are no formal placements the course provides opportunities to gain practice experience in UK educational contexts, and every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.

About the course

Our MA Education Studies is part of the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme. We also have a large number of student-professionals studying on our part time Postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

This means, you will join a lively and forward-thinking postgraduate taught community in the Faculty of Education of over a thousand full and part-time taught postgraduate students.  We run some wider events for all our postgraduate taught students, such as the Methodology Fair, where there are multiple opportunities to network, and that provide enhanced opportunities for learning at postgraduate level. 

For further information, please contact:

Dr Lorna Roberts (

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Taught sessions are mainly conducted over two weekdays. In addition to the taught sessions, you are expected to attend tutorials and work independently with the support of your tutor.

In addition to these directed tasks, you are also expected to spend time preparing for assignments by independent reading, research and reflection. You will be assessed through a variety of coursework-driven modules. There are no formal examinations for this course.

Term 1 Units

  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design
  • Understanding Education in a Global Context

Term 2 Units

Students take two optional units from the following:

  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Independent Study
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Practice Based Project
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings 

Terms 2 and 3

  • Dissertation

If you require further information please contact the MA Education Studies Coordinator, Dr Lorna Roberts, email:

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

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework driven modules. There are no formal examinations for this course. Taught sessions are mainly conducted during weekdays.   In addition to the taught sessions, you are expected to work independently.

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:

Typical entry requirements

Standard MMU admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Language requirements
International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

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.

Please note it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent).

Apply online now

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

The achievement of a Masters Degree in the Faculty of Education demonstrates abilities, capacities and skills that are highly valued by employers. MA Education Studies opens up diverse, potential career paths to a challenging and rewarding career in education as it provides good preparation for any educational role within public services and the private sector.

Some of the careers associated with Education Studies are: social services; research in education and social sciences; education management and administration; libraries; education publishing; museums and galleries education; charities; parents' advisory groups; learning support organisations; caring organisations; learning businesses and organisations; education policy and/or development work. Graduates also go on to adjacent careers, including in journalism, business and financial services.

Moreover Education Studies is also a good option for qualified teachers who want to have a more critical and theoretical insight into educational issues and practices. If you are considering continuing with your studies on completion of your Masters by pursuing a research degree in Education (MPhil, EdD or PhD) then you will find MA in Education Studies 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.