Taught course

Learning and Teaching

University College Birmingham · School of Education and Community

Entry requirements

MA Learning & Teaching (Early Years), MA Learning & Teaching (Primary) and MA Learning & Teaching (Secondary) applicants require a good undergraduate degree in a relevant field (Early Childhood Studies, Education, Supporting Learning, Psychology, Social Sciences or equivalent). In addition applicants should be working in or have recent experience in a relevant education, training organisation or childhood setting. MA Learning & Teaching (Vocational Subjects) will usually have a good undergraduate degree in their subject specialism and be employed as a lecturer.

Early Years, Primary, Secondary; Vocational

Months of entry


Course content

The educational aims of the programmes are to provide a structure for professional development which is designed to instill an ethos of lifelong learning with which to evaluate existing practice, enhance and develop practice and immerse students in enquiry-based research.

The programme has four individual pathways in order to personalise student learning whilst being exposed to a range of overarching perspectives and experiences; Early Years, Primary, Secondary; and Vocational.

The programmes are designed to develop higher levels skills and knowledge in order to prepare students for the next stage in their careers. The MA Learning and Teaching pathways are designed primarily for students with a good undergraduate qualification (or a related qualification and experience) and those already employed in a relevant sector who may be considering career progression. The programmes aim to add value to first degrees by developing a range of research skills and a more critical orientation to pertinent issues in childhood and teaching and learning. The focus of the programme is also designed to develop and enhance knowledge and professional competence. It seeks to provide students with opportunities to develop professional reflective practice and make links between research and theoretical models with regard to their own practice by enhancing understanding and academic skills appropriate to study at postgraduate level.

The structure of the programme is flexible enough to meet the individual needs of those seeking to develop a more academic understanding of the field and those aspiring to develop understanding through critical engagement with practice at Masters level. The programme also enables the development of general and specialist subject knowledge and understanding, including key and generic skills through the themes of critical analysis of professional practice, contemporary issues and innovation in education and society, exploring specialist interests and research methods. Students have the opportunity to research/study wider or specialised subject areas.

Information for international students

You will require an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent in English language. UCB will consider offering fee waivers to international applicants from selected countries for this programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Information on scholarships is available online.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation60 (14,000 words words)

Course contact details

+44 121 604 1090
+ 44 (0)121 200 1376