Entry requirements

We are keen to encourage applicants with a wide range of qualifications and prior learning experiences. Typically, successful applicants will hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or above and have some relevant and related experience in the field of education; however, account will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and experience.

Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Character Education focuses on character education and the theory and practice of human flourishing. It is a three-year part-time distance learning MA and the first of its kind to focus on this topic.

The course adopts a broad understanding of character – encompassing aspects of wellbeing, ethics, citizenship and social and emotional education.

The MA Character Education enables you to develop your knowledge and expertise in your field of character education. You will learn alongside professionals within a dynamic online learning community.

The course covers a range of topics, including: theories of character, virtue and flourishing; researching character education; the history and politics of character education; running character education interventions; and character education leadership in schools and organisations.

The course is run by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues based at the University of Birmingham. The Centre is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost research and teaching centres specialising in the examination of how character and virtues impact on individuals and society. You will be taught by some of the best-known names in character education, both in Britain and internationally.

The MA Character Education is:

  • Multi-disciplinary: the MA Character Education includes content from the fields of the fields of education, philosophy, (positive) psychology, sociology, social sciences and theology
  • Flexible: you will work at your own pace alongside existing commitments
  • Diverse: students come from multiple professions including teaching, medicine, psychology, the armed forces, business, and non-profits/charities
  • Practice focussed: the MA Character Education helps students play their part in transforming people, organisations and places
  • Collaborative: you will work alongside and learn from peers from around the world
  • Supportive: throughout the MA Character Education you will be provided with a dedicated personal tutor who supports your personal and academic development
  • Engaging: the MA Character Education utilises the latest technology to ensure an engaging and participatory online learning experience

Information for international students

Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details