Taught course

Character Education

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a first degree at 2.1 level or equivalent and should have some relevant and related experience in the field of education. Account will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This is the first and only MA Character Education in the world – focusing on the theory and practice of human flourishing. The programme adopts a broad understanding of character – encompassing aspects of wellbeing, ethics, citizenship and social and emotional education.

Students on the course come from a range of sectors; including education (formal and non-formal), voluntary and business. The curriculum allows students to apply the topics most relevant to their personal or employers interests and goals.

The course will be run by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues which is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost research and teaching centres in the world 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, both in Britain and internationally, in character education.

The MA in Character is a part-time distance learning programme which offers both flexibility and an opportunity to debate key questions about the purpose of education with fellow students around the world.

There are 3 awards associated with the MA in Character Education

  • PGCert (3 modules, 60 credits over 12 months)
  • PGDip (6 modules, 120 credits over 24 months)
  • MA (6 modules and a dissertation, 180 credits over 3 years)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Tom Harrison