Taught course


Birmingham City University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level. All suitably qualified candidates will normally be interviewed and selection will be based on ability to benefit from and contribute to the course of study. Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning, including credits gained on a PGCE course.

Months of entry


Course content

This highly flexible course is an attractive option if you want the opportunity to study without having to give up your job. Our Education Master’s framework allows you to choose your own path by selecting the core modules, area of specialisation and optional modules, so that you can tailor your study to suit your needs and areas of interest.

The award you receive upon graduating depends on both your existing qualifications, and the combination of modules that you choose to study. You'll do this by studying some core modules and others which you negotiate with your tutor and the programme leader for your pathway.

The modules available explore current issues in education, leadership and management, change and improvement, as well as a flexible portfolio, reflection and research opportunities, leading to a final dissertation. Depending on the modules you take, you may be able to graduate with a specific pathway named on your degree.

The pathways available are:

  • Education
  • Education (Childhood Studies)
  • Education (Early Years Leadership)
  • Education (International Education)
  • Education (Special Needs Education) (in collaboration with the National Institute for Conductive Education)

Please note that completion of this course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Fees and funding

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    60 credits - students awarded a PG Cert. 120 credits - students awarded a PG Diploma. 180 credits - students awarded an MA

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595