MA Bilingualism, Education and Society

How should you adapt your classroom practice to support English as additional language learners? What factors affect bilingual development in the UK? How does bilingualism affect every-day language?

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Overview

We've designed this course for practitioners who are interested in how bilingualism and multilingualism relates to their professional context. This includes professionals and leaders who might be working, or volunteering, in education, health, social welfare and care, community, and other settings, across the public, private, voluntary or social enterprise sectors.

You’ll think deeply about your own professional context and settings, your role and place within this, and the possibilities for development, change and generating practice knowledge and innovations.

Through our course, you might explore policy perspectives on issues related to bilingualism in the UK and globally. You may look at English as an Additional Language (EAL), and migration and ethnic diversity in schools and the wider society. Or, you might be interested in unpicking media representations of diversity and the foundations of bilingual development.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

We encourage you to apply your new thinking to practice and carry these creative, innovative approaches forward.

This helps you to develop your skills as a systematic, evidence-driven practitioner.

This course also offers a solid foundation to continue your studies by pursuing a research degree (MPhil, EdD or PhD).

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Entry requirements

You will have a degree, postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an undergraduate UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be considered. You also need to have experience related to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

On our part-time masters course, you’ll gain theoretical knowledge about bilingualism, education and society as well as the skills to apply this knowledge to your practice.

We've developed this course for a wide range of education professionals, and those in inter and multi-professional settings. We aim to encourage and facilitate you to identify, explore and develop your thinking to positively impact on your own practice and professional development. 

You’ll be introduced to factors that affect bilingual development and EAL, including family settings and school contexts, and consider the distinctive characteristics and contributions of bilingual and multilingual speakers.

Your final assessment is typically a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You’ll usually conduct a small research project, which involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research.

Course Structure

The full 180 credit masters is made up of four 30 credit core units, and a 60 credit dissertation. Typically, each 30 credit unit lasts for four months and you’ll begin each unit with a weekend conference in October, February and June. Your attendance pattern will depend on the number of units you take and the pace at which you decide to progress with your course.

In addition to the conferences, you’ll attend at least two further group seminars/tutorials which normally take place in the evenings. You’ll usually negotiate the timetable for these sessions with your course tutor. This ensures that your on-campus time suits your schedule and fits around your work and home commitments.

We teach our part-time education courses using an integrated curriculum. Each course shares the same core units that are adaptable to your area of practice or interest.

You’ll attend weekend conferences and study sessions with students from our other part-time education courses. This allows you to collaborate, share knowledge and expertise, and be a part of a diverse, postgraduate community of education professionals.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students with a recent (within five years) PGCE or similar, normally enter the masters with advanced standing, usually 60 credits. This means you will complete two taught units (Mapping the Territory and Research and Practice) before progressing to Dissertation.

Other relevant (and recent) level 7 qualifications may also allow advanced standing via recognition 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 Leader to incorporate recognition of prior experiential learning via relevant work experience that you may have. Further advice and guidance on this will be given by your Award Leader after enrolment.

The following core units are completed across the duration of your part-time course. 
(Typically over two to three years, but there is flexibility to study for up to six years if required) 

Core units:

  • Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues
  • Specialist Supported Enquiry: Bilingualism, Education and Society
  • Shaping the Future
  • Research and Practice
  • Dissertation

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

Research and Practice

Through this unit, we aim to develop your understanding of the relevance of research to your professional practice. You’ll examine different approaches to conducting research and your limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in your practice area.
You’ll also explore the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process. As part of the assessment of the unit, you’ll produce a research proposal that can be taken forward to final dissertation. You’ll demonstrate your understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.

Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues

In this unit, you’ll critically explore theory and practice and the ways these inter-relate and extend each other. We’ll encourage you to ask challenging questions, and make judgements about what is going on, where you sit, and how you might respond. We’ll equip you with conceptual and theoretical lenses through taking part in workshops, discussions and wider academic reading. You’ll be encouraged to use these ‘lenses’ to reflect on your practice and develop, and critically evaluate, relevant skills and approaches.

Shaping the Future

In this unit, we’ll ask you to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within your own practice. We’ll encourage you to think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice.
We’ll provide opportunities for you to work at the leading edge of thinking and practice to rethink services, approaches or interventions. We aim to equip you with the skills to plan and consider specific changes and innovations for the future.

Dissertation

We’ve designed this unit to support and facilitate your planning, conducting and evaluating of a significant, practical and coherent, practitioner research project. You’ll select the focus for your dissertation yourself. We’ll support you to finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and then you’ll undertake the research project. Throughout the project, we’ll offer tutorial support, which involves a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. You’ll also be supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching your experience and improving the quality of your final dissertation.
You may choose to research any area of interest as long as it relates to the field of education and your practice, and award area. Your terms and content of the dissertation are negotiable with your supervisors. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you can pursue personal, professional and academic areas of interest in ways that satisfy the unit's assessment criteria.

Specialist Supported Enquiry: Bilingualism, Education and Society

In this unit, we’ll support you to undertake a reflective enquiry that has particular relevance to your practice and the subjects of bilingualism, education and society. You’ll identify and explore significant themes, issues or points of tension in relation to bilingualism, education and society. And, you’ll select a relevant focus for your enquiry, including the approach, tools and methods you will use.
Your enquiries might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases will enable you to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge in your award area. You’ll reflect and evaluate, as appropriate to your enquiry. To support you, we’ll provide a useful introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry appropriate to your award area, and underpinning interdisciplinary footprint.

School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies

Our School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies specialises in teaching and research around education disciplines focused on children, young people, families and communities.

The department works collaboratively with communities, partners, local authorities and arts organisations on social enterprise projects, and has been at the forefront of developments in its field for over 20 years.

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1084 per 30 credits 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: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits to £2667 per 30 credits 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).

Additional Information

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).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

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.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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