MA Education

Start date
September
Duration
MA - 12 months full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

2020 - 2021
£9,250 (Home/EU)
£18,450 (Overseas)
More Fees and funding details.

The MA Education will help those interested in Education across a broad range of contexts to utilise cutting-edge research, theory and practice to build a fairer education system for a globalised world.

This programme will be of interest to those working in, or interested in pursuing a career in, education and education research. 

The MA Education (non-pathway) route will draw upon the School of Education’s principle research areas: Education for Social Justice, International and Comparative Education, Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs, and Education Leadership enabling you more choice in designing your own programme according to your particular areas of interest. Our range of compulsory and optional modules will allow you to build a programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. 

If you are looking for greater disciplinary specialism, we also offer four specialist ‘pathways’, leading to an MA Education (named pathway): 

Please note that like most Masters programmes, this programme does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS).

International students

The MA Education programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and welcomes applications from international students.

The University of Birmingham, which has over 8,700 international students from approximately 150 countries, provides support throughout the course for those that are new to, or less experienced in, studying in a UK context.

If you would like further information about studying in Birmingham, then you can visit our international students webpage

Download information on all the postgraduate study programmes in the School of Education (PDF)

 

Modules

The MA Education programme has two compulsory modules (40 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory 

  • Education, Policy and Society 
  • Researching Education 
  • Dissertation

Optional

Choose four optional modules from:

  • Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Education for Social Justice
  • Cross Cultural Issues in SEND
  • Education as an International Issue
  • Understanding School Improvement 
  • Alternative Approaches to Education
  • Inclusion: Individual and Group Differences
  • Leadership for School Improvement
  • Language, Discourse and Society
  • Special Educational Needs of Children with Autism
  • Curriculum and Approaches for Children with Autism
  • Disability and Inclusive Development (IDD)
  • Education Policy and Improving Schools
  • Curriculum Design in Global Contexts
  • Personal and Professional Skills in Education Management
  • Education, Observation and Evaluation 

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees

Fees 2020 - 2021

Home/EU

  • Code 163C £9,250

Overseas

  • Code 163C £18,450

The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2020.

Learn more about fees and funding

For further information contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships and studentships

The School of Education is delighted to offer a £3000 scholarship for each of the MA Education pathways.

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK has been introduced for students. The government-backed student loans provide up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. 

Other scholarships may be available, please view the  Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the  international scholarships page.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

Monday 1 July 2020 is the application deadline for international students (Tier 4) who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2020 made after this date. The deadline for Home/EU (non-Tier 4) students is 10 September 2020.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) Bachelor's degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree i.e. Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology) is required.

Applicants without a 2:1 or a degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree as above) are welcome to apply, but should have a degree and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience post degree, in an education-focused setting.

International Requirements



International Students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0.). 

VISA Requirements

Obtaining a visa can be a lengthy process. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa. Find out more about visa requirements

English language support - before your course starts

The University offers Presessional English courses for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS   

English language support - during your studies

BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.   

You will be taught in the School of Education, which conducts pioneering world-class research in Education. You can therefore expect that all teaching on the MA Education will be informed by seminal and contemporary research, that spans a wide variety of disciplinary areas. Whether you take a pathway route or not, you can be assured that module content will be designed and taught by experienced specialists in each discipline who have knowledge of contemporary research in the field.

The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures, smaller-group seminars, workshops, self-study, and peer group learning. We utilise a range of digital and virtual approaches in our teaching, and you will have access to our online teaching and learning tools, including our Virtual Learning Environment. Readings and resources are made available through our online ‘Resource Lists’ system making it very easy to identify and access key readings.  Module tutors make activities available online for you to engage prior to face-to-face teaching and the majority of assignments tasks can be submitted via the Virtual Learning Environment – including dissertations. Assessments on this programme will include written essays, small independent projects, oral presentation and a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

You will be allocated a Dissertation Supervisor with whom you will have a one-to-one relationship during the dissertation phase. You will also be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor with whom you will meet regularly and all tutors keep ‘office hours’ through which you can request one-to-one tutorials.

This programme has been specially developed to appeal to graduates of social science disciplines and professionals seeking job opportunities in sectors requiring a broad range of education-focused knowledge and analytic skill. Graduates of the MA Education would have the flexibility to use modules to progress to postgraduate research programmes, or may wish to consider job opportunities in sectors requiring knowledge of domestic and international policy, education leadership and practice, inclusion and social justice, and school improvement.