Applicants for the programmes must normally be graduates of this or another University or of the C.N.A.A., with an upper 2nd class honours or above (successful completion of a masters level PGCE will classify as 'above'), or have other specially approved qualifications which satisfy the Admissions Sub-Committee that they are suitably qualified to undertake the programme. Teaching experience may be considered appropriate in some cases (see pathway specific specifications). However all students must normally demonstrate a personal or professional interest in the academic study of education. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
Months of entry
The MA in Education at Durham provides outstanding opportunities to study a wide range of educational issues. It will provide you with a clear understanding of the nature and significance of policy and practice in education, relevant to researchers as well as professionals in schools, colleges and universities.
A key feature of the programme is the facility for you to draw on your own professional and personal as well as academic and theoretical interests, through being able to choose from a range of optional modules to study (see below). And you will also be able to explore your own interests in depth through the completion of a dissertation.
In all of our modules, we aim to introduce you to key ideas and ways of thinking that enable you to engage with related issues in contexts that are relevant to you. Our programme is constructed in such a way that contexts as diverse as science education in schools, informal learning in the workplace and the management of schools outside the UK, can be explored through module assignments as well as the dissertation.
The degree has been designed to meet the needs of educational professionals, especially those in teaching, management or administration at all levels of education. Students likely to benefit from the programme are those who are interested in education, often teachers or people planning to become teachers, with a commitment to pedagogy, and educational managers in schools, colleges and higher education institutions, as well as those working in educational administration, in the UK and overseas.
Through its flexible delivery routes the MA in Education is suitable for students from all backgrounds and countries. In addition to a traditional full-time study route, the course is available via part-time and International Summer Postgraduate Institute routes. On the part-time route teaching is delivered through intensive teaching weekends scheduled around (Durham) school half-term holidays making the programme more accessible for those working full-time. Meanwhile the part-time International Summer Postgraduate Institute (ISPI) route is delivered through an intensive summer school teaching programme. The ISPI summer teaching runs in Durham throughout July each year and attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, including the UK, and is ideal for those seeking part-time study in a truly international context. ISPI students benefit from a range of extra academic and cultural activities organised by the School of Education.
Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited on this course. These students will only need to do the core modules, Research Methods in Education and the Dissertation (if part-time, over 2 years), to complete the programme.Course Structure
Full-time students study the four taught modules plus the dissertation over one year.
Part-time students normally study two taught modules per year in years one and two and the dissertation in year three.
- Research Methods Education (30 credits)
- Critical Perspectives in Education (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits).
You must select 60 credits from a list of optional modules which may include:
- 21st Century Technology: Implications for Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
- Arts in Education (30 credits)
- Curriculum Analysis (30 credits)
- Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Productive Thought (30 credits)
- Improving Computer Education
- Intercultural and International Education (30 credits)
- Intercultural Communication (30 credits)
- Policy Studies (30 credits)
- Psychology of the Learner (30 credits)
- Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits).
The above are examples of modules we have run in previous years. Modules are continually developed in response to student feedback and interests, as well as to reflect the changing nature of academic research within the department.
Information for international students
English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Education
- (0) 191 334 8316