Taught course

Technical and Vocational Education

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree - BA (Hons) or BEd (Hons); and a PGCE.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA/MEd Technical and Vocational Education is an advanced and flexible course that will support your career development in this field of education.

You will study three core modules in which you will develop your understanding of the research process and the skills required to plan, carry out and manage research at masters level; consider the application of management skills in an education context; and examine and critically evaluate models of curriculum design, development, policy trends and issues which affect practice in the sector. Where appropriate, you will refer to your work-based practice if you are already in a management or supervisory role, or case studies if you have little or no management experience.

In addition, you will select a number of optional modules in which you will focus specifically on aspects of technical and vocational education, including concept and implementation, competency-based training, staff development and appraisal, and the impact of IT on technical education.

The MA/MEd Technical and Vocational Education is a named award within the MEd Professional Development scheme. In the first instance you should apply for the MEd Professional Development.

On the course you will develop the skills enabling you to carry out rigorous academic investigation in the field of technical and vocational education and also apply your knowledge and understanding in your workplace, enabling you to address areas of concern and any development needs in an informed and justifiable manner.

You will develop an understanding of broader themes such as management and organisation in an education context and issues related to curriculum development and design in addition to specific areas of technical and vocational education.

Information for international students

Applicants from overseas whose first language is not English will normally be required to have a current IELTS score of 6.5 from an accredited centre. Please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903