Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally candidates will be expected to have an honours degree or equivalent qualification, e.g. Cert Ed. Candidates with other qualifications and relevant professional or personal experience may apply and will be judged individually and on merit.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme focuses on practices in educational systems with particular reference to national policies and their impact on learning. However the intention is to create the conditions in which you are able to reflect on issues that are relevant to your own professional work. The programme enables individuals to consider the implications of their learning, reading and enquiry for policy and practice in their own professional context.

The key aim of the programme is to establish the conditions and standards for rigorous critical enquiry and discourse and so to extend the criteria for judging taken-for-granted assumptions underlying educational policy and practice. The programme will enable students to develop an increasing respect for evidence and discourse and the capacity to initiate and sustain change, both in their own practice and more generally within their professional context.

The specific aims of the programme are to enable the student to:

  • Examine key features of practices in educational systems with particular reference to major current policy initiatives,
  • Develop skills of enquiry including the capacity to analyse data for particular contexts
  • Engage in informed discourse and debate about evidence, policy and practice
  • Develop the capacity to reinterpret practice in the light of learning during the programme,
  • Develop critical understanding of the inter-relationships between research, policy and practice and their manifestations in different settings.

There are no examinations in this programme. Assessment is mainly through written assignment.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


part time
24 months


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900