MA Education

How do children perform to their gender stereotype? How might a new teacher develop a voice in the classroom? How do we develop educational practices that are ethical and socially just?

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Overview

Investigate topics you’ve contemplated during your time in the education sector. Generate discussions through examples from your experiences. Challenge theories of education and apply new ideas and thinking to your practice.

We believe that practice is a form of expertise and that, alongside more conventional academic material, practice can generate new thinking and understanding.

Through this masters degree, you’ll bring examples from your practice to sessions, to spark discussions and challenge existing education theories.

Perhaps you’ve wondered about lunchtimes in the playground and what’s considered disreputable play? Maybe you’d like to explore training techniques for apprenticeship schemes? Or how we increase the retention rate of teachers?

Whichever topics you’re interested in, you’ll be able to investigate them as part of our course. 

You’ll explore the philosophy of education and general education theories, and how to apply these to yourself and your professional work environment. Issues you might look at include managing behaviour, prioritising your personal development plan, or if you’re a teacher, your school’s action plan.

Your final assessment is usually a dissertation on a topic of your choice, related to the field of education. Many of our students choose to conduct practitioner research projects, which involve planning, conducting and evaluating practical research.

Past topics have included how teachers affect play, how young children perform to their gender, and how teachers develop their voice in the classroom.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Through choosing your own topic to investigate, our masters course aims to help you focus on your professional development – your priorities, targets and aspirations.

Graduates from our course have gone on to PhD study, secured jobs within Higher Education, and have used this course to help further their careers as primary school and early years teachers.

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.

If you’re considering pursuing a research degree (such as an MPhil, PhD or EdD) in education, this masters course is a good foundation for further study.

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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).

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.

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Tutor Contact: Claire Goodley 

Course details

On our part-time masters course, you'll explore examples from your own practice in the education sector to generate discussion and debate from your own experiences.

You'll explore topics you're interested in, and challenge educational philosophy and theories to apply new thinking and ideas to your practice.

Through our MA Education course, you'll consider how you can apply these theories to yourself and your professional work environment.

Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues

This unit enables a critical exploration of theory and practice and the ways these inter-relate and extend each other, for practice. There is an emphasis on participants exploring (re-looking), analysing and reflecting on theoretical, conceptual and contextual lenses and evidence salient for their own practice settings and professional priorities, to ask challenging questions, and make judgements about what is going on, where they sit, and how they might respond. Typical content might include analysing educational and social policy, identifying and examining influential ideological perspectives, an introduction to concepts of professionalism and practitioner identity, and diversities/inequalities, but will be shaped by students' own interests, and articulated in and for students' own practice and practice contexts.

Specialist Supported Project: Education

This unit supports students to undertake a project that has particular relevance to their professional practice.  Students identify and explore significant themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for their project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. Projects might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases enable students to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to their project. The unit provides an introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry/investigation approaches.

Shaping the Future

This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within their own practice, to think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice. This provides opportunities to work at the leading edge (of thinking/practice) to rethink services or approaches/interventions, to plan forward and/or to consider specific changes and new innovations.

Research and Practice

The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. Students examine different approaches to conducting research, and their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in their own practice area. The unit also explores the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process, especially those particular to practitioner research. As part of the assessment of the unit, students produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.

Dissertation

This unit is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. Participants finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the research project. Whilst undertaking the project students are offered tutorial support, this constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching the student's experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.

The focus of the dissertation is self-selected. Students may choose to research any area of interest as long as it relates to the field of education. Whilst many MA in Education students choose to conduct practitioner research projects, this is not a requirement of the course. The terms and content of the dissertation are negotiable, with supervisors working closely alongside students to ensure that areas of personal professional and academic interest can be pursued in ways that satisfy the unit's assessment criteria.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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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: £2417 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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

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