Taught course


University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Education and Sport

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Applicants will normally be working in educational contexts.

Months of entry

November, September, April, February

Course content

Key Features

  • Study on a modular course designed for existing and aspiring education professionals, that allows you to accumulate credit at a pace that suits you, with assessments based around needs specific to your role in your educational organisation
  • Explore the process of teaching, learning support and/or educational leadership, focusing on personal, academic and vocational interests relevant to your educational context
  • Develop your understanding of assessment formats with a negotiated focus in support of both individual and organisational needs
  • Undertake primary research that informs your current practice, as well as acquire the necessary research skills to engage in future research and progress to a PhD or EdD programme
  • Progress your study in education, e.g. following your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course
  • Develop your work in educational contexts
  • Support developments within the organisation where you work
  • Be prepared for further study at doctoral level (PhD and EdD).

About the course

This MA is designed for practising professionals, or those interested in research, in teaching and learning or educational leadership - usually in schools, the lifelong learning sector and universities. Its modular structure allows you to personalise your choice of units and progress at a pace that best suits you, with a final phase focused on educational research via a dissertation. The MA Education engages you with key issues in education and aims to encourage your evidence-based practice, as you make direct and meaningful connections between your course and your own experiences and aspirations. The course helps you to broaden your knowledge of educational ideas and research findings, as you identify and justify recommendations for further action. This places you in a better position to develop your work as a classroom practitioner or school leader.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Career Opportunities

We aim to integrate examples from practice, up to date case studies and projects focused on particular development projects and organisations throughout the course.

Visits to work place settings and speakers from a range of settings will help to provide a good understanding of a range of future employment contexts as well as providing practice related understandings.

The course is designed to help you engage, study and critique key issues in education as well as to be able to identify and justify recommendations for further action.

As a Master’s graduate, therefore, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education.

Previous graduates have gone on to take up enhanced roles within their organisation; some have undertaken PhD study.

Areas of study may include

  • Education and International Development
  • Citizenship and Welfare in the 21st Century
  • Research Methods in the workplace
  • Dissertation (Education)
  • Meeting Diverse Needs*
  • Early Years Education and Care*
  • Analysing Policy: Children’s Voice*

*option units

Qualification and course duration


part time
variable months

Course contact details

The Admission Team
+44 (0)1234 793279