Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, the nature of knowledge, and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding.
This programme offers an intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, systems and approaches, and their cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts. Postgraduates are able to participate in, and contest, changing discourses exemplified by reference to debate about values, personal and social engagement and how these relate to communities and societies.
Students have opportunities to develop their critical capabilities through the selection, analysis and synthesis of relevant perspectives, and to be able to justify different positions on educational matters. This award provides the knowledge, understanding and critical analysis to inform current and future professionals in education, for different areas and contexts.
The full time MA Education Studies is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements.
We welcome applications from non-EU internationals for the full-time route and students are suported at every stage by MMU International.
For further details regarding full or part-time routes, please contact Dr Lorna Roberts, email@example.com
1 year full time. It is also possible to take this award part time over 2-3 years, but please note that all teaching on this award is on weekday daytimes. If you are in employment and are interested in part time Masters study specifically designed for busy professionals, please see the awards in our Professional Development Programme
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £7,560 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £3,780 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £13,050 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £6,525 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
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
"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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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Typical units of study may include
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
If you require further information please contact the MA Education Studies Coordinator, Dr Lorna Roberts, email: email@example.com
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.
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.
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/primary/staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester - a truly international city
Manchester is an international city, with world class transport and infrastructure, not only to regional locations, but nationally and globally. Home to one of the largest international airports, Manchester really is a gateway to the world.
Building on our impressive location and accessibility, we are a University with big ambitions. With a recent £350m investment in our facilities we have provided impressive new facilities for the School of Art, Hollings, Business and Law and most recently the superb £139m Brooks Building, home to the faculties of Education and of Health, Psychology and Social Care. With our investment, we have modernised the student experience, providing state of the art facilities and equipment to support you in your studies.
Located at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan Manchester City Centre our Manchester Campus is home to over 30,000 students and provides a fantastic student experience- the combination of a dynamic academic centre and a vibrant, cultural and social scene attracting students from across the world.
Why study at Manchester Met?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 130 countries and has a strong global presence. The University’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise. The University's Education and Social Research Institute is one of the leading UK centres for educational research. 67% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of our research impact being rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The Faculty of Education has a well-established partnership with over 1,500 schools, colleges and a wide range of other educational organisations allowing for rich knowledge exchange activity and engagement in diverse community based projects.
The award winning Brooks Building is home to the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, providing superb specialist facilities for the education of teachers, those working with children and young people in related professions, such as Early Years, Inclusive Education and SEND and Youth and Community Work, as well as those interested in the broader sphere of Education, alongside, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and those working in allied Health professions.
A community campus, the ground floor is open to the public and provides a drama studio and dance space, sporting and social facilities, cafés and green spaces for individual study, meetings and informal group working. There is also a Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic.
The upper four floors provide specialist teaching equipment and facilities such as:
- Student Resource Centre, including 'making' area to practice classroom skills
- Art and Design gallery space and studios
- Music performance and practice spaces
- Design and Technology workshops for resistant materials, textiles and food specialisms
- Computing with ICT
- Science laboratories
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Education has a student hub on the ground floor of the Brooks Building providing a wide range of support services and advice. A Careers and Employabilty Service is also available at the Business School offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Students' Union. These include many sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home in the Brooks Building, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
The city and region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train journey away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That is why Manchester was voted UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
Campus accommodation is available for postgraduate students. There are also a number of nearby districts and suburbs popular with students wishing to live in privately owned accommodation.
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.
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.
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