Taught course


Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

Good honours degree

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Newman has expanded its masters level provision aimed specifically at educational professionals teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support roles in recognition of the importance of sustained professional development.

We offer a generic MA Education and also an MA Education with specialist routes in Catholic School Leadership, Early Childhood Education and Care, Higher Education, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability, Leadership and Management, Learning and Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching, Pastoral Care and Welfare Research in Education and Safeguarding.

Course content
Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research.

You can also expect to further develop your knowledge, understanding, and skills in curriculum development. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise. If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.


Modules are based at Newman, usually delivered one evening per week. However, if there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you.

Part-time students have a maximum period of study of 5 years to complete an MA. However, an MA is typically completed over 2-3 years and we recommend that part-time students take 60 credits per year (i.e. 2x30 credit modules across the year). Full-time students have a maximum period of study of 3 years to complete an MA, but typically complete an MA in 18 months.


You will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features
You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred (free-of-charge) through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your masters level work.

Fees and funding

UK students

Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full masters degree programme. Staff employed in partner schools and colleges are also eligible for a 20% discount and access to Coaching and Mentoring module free-of-charge. The discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Liane Purnell
+44 (0)121 476 1181 ext 2376