Taught course

Education Practice

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Hons in relevant degree, not necessarily in education, but a good practical knowledge of education is preferred
  • The course can offer accreditation of prior learning (APL) of up to 60 credits to candidates with appropriate experience and qualifications such as a PGCE
  • You will be expected to be work in a learning environment, paid or unpaid, for a minimum of one day per week throughout the duration of the course
  • We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Reasons to study Education Practice at DMU:

  • Enhance your employability with placements and voluntary opportunities in local educational settings
  • Reflect upon the latest trends and developments in the field and consider how these apply to your own place of work
  • Course content fits with the latest demands of the Department for Education and National College in helping to prepare and build on the demands of National Professional Qualification for Headship and Middle Leadership
  • Our practice- and research-based academic team is recognised for excellence in teaching, curriculum design and innovation
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships with universities, schools, professional organisations such as the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) , education charities and government agencies worldwide

“ The course has opened up my mind to new theories and pedagogical practices. In comparison to other MAs in education, this course offered more choice. It allowed me to make the MA my own, furthering my knowledge in areas that interested me and, most importantly, applied to my vocation as a teacher. ”
Leanne Holmes, graduate

Course modules
  • Researching Education (30 credits) - Introduces research methodologies and their implications to in forma research proposal for the dissertation element
  • Major project/dissertation (60 credits) - In consultation with the course leader, you will be encouraged to undertake research in an area that speaks to your own interests/experience. Assessment may include a continuing professional development event with your employer.

You will select from the following 30 credit optional modules:

  • Assessment and the Curriculum - Examines the ways in which a content-led curriculum focuses classroom encounters upon assessment rather than learning. It also considers the ways in which you are tested and the effectiveness of this regime on you, the teacher and the school. Alternative approaches to the curriculum and assessment will be identified to enhance your learning
  • Current and Emergent Issues in Education Policy - Reflects upon the latest developments in education and examines the policy trends underpinning these. You will explore policy issues in the context of your own educational setting and develop an informed critique of how policy links with practice
  • Technology Enhanced Practice - Considers the pitfalls and potentials of new technologies (e-safety, interactive whiteboards, virtual learning environments, Twitter, social networking, etc) for schooling, learning and teaching. You will also explore how such technology can be used effectively and what future education spaces/ possibilities are opened up
  • Inclusive Education and Social Justice - This module invites you to critically reflect on how the social, cultural and political context affects the work of schools and teachers, and impacts on the experiences of pupils. It considers how social justice might be achieved by working towards genuinely inclusive schools and classrooms
  • Leading and Managing Educational Change - Enables students to critically engage with research on educational leadership and the management of change, with a view to applying their theoretical understanding to their practice. You will also critically reflect on your own position and opportunities as a leader within your educational workplace

Information for international students

Equivalent qualifications from other international systems will receive the same consideration, and applicants whose first language is not English should also have IELTS 7 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    MA Education Practice at De Montfort University will enable those already working in education and those interested in doing so to reflect upon the latest trends and developments in the field.

Course contact details

Admissions Department
+44 (0)116 2577700