MSc Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

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Overview

Evaluate the ways we teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools. Explore misconceptions in learning, how research affects teaching, and strategies for change management. Challenge your own practice as a STEM educator.

Through our part-time masters degree, you’ll explore learning and classroom practice in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

You’ll focus on your practice and bring examples from where you work to sessions, and discuss your issues and thoughts with fellow students.

You’ll also question your existing views on STEM education. We will challenge you to think about your role and question aspects such as: How can you develop your practice? What could you change? What possibilities are there to generate innovation?

Some of the topics you’ll explore include the role of gender within STEM education, how students establish belief systems, and solving problems in a real-life context. You’ll consider some of the counter-intuitive ideas that students need to confront within STEM subjects, such as air having weight or dots changing colour using a filter.

Your final assessment is typically a field-based research project, which you’ll carry out in the educational setting you work in. The project involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research in a topic of your choosing.

Past research topics have included the balance between mathematics and concept development in A level physics, teacher identity in STEM, and game-based learning in science.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Through this course, you’ll develop the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to question existing educational practice.

Our aim is to change the way you think about STEM education so that you can develop yourself further as an educational practitioner.

We’ll help you to understand and evaluate your own practice, and consider how contemporary educational research applies to your role.

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills and confidence to adapt your future practice and create different opportunities for your STEM students. Graduates include a PE teacher who is now a maths teacher and a parent helper who wanted to develop her professional skills to help students.

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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: Pauline Palmer 

Course details

On our part-time masters course, you’ll explore generic issues across science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, such as inclusion and how positive attitudes affect students.

Alongside this, you can draw on your practice as a STEM educator and critique your position at school. You’ll look in-depth at your specialist subject, sharing insights with fellow students on the course and considering ways to change your practice.

You’ll also have a series of guest lectures to help you further develop your knowledge. Past topics include the construction of computing in the curriculum, careers in STEM, and the place of intuition and how it leads to misconception in science learning.

Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues

This unit invites students to reflect upon the scope, nature and practice of STEM education. It starts with an exploration of current issues in the field. Throughout the unit, students are encouraged to reflect upon their personal experience and practice and there is an emphasis on analysing and reflecting on theoretical, conceptual and contextual issues within this field.

Specialist Supported Project

This unit enables students to undertake a project that has particular relevance to their own 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 library, practice or enquiry based, but in all cases, students are encouraged 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 and underpinning inter/disciplinary footprint.

Shaping the Future

This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions and professional dilemmas within their own practice and STEM education more generally. The aim is to enable students to broaden and deepen their understanding of STEM education and to engage with current debates, to explore different perspectives on the subjects

Research and Practice

This unit aims to develop 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 dilemmas 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 their final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and the 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 ethical clearance, and will then undertake a 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 students’ experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.

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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The department is home to three main areas in primary and secondary teacher education and professional development, and has partnerships with over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations.

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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

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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