Entry requirements

For entry onto the MA some candidates will have a PGCE – this may be a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at level 7 from Buckingham or another university. For candidates with a level 6 PGCE or BSA Diploma (which is a helpful route into Master’s study) an additional module of study will be provided. For candidates without a PGCE or a degree, alternative entry requirements exist and can be discussed further with the Faculty of Education team.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Residential Education is a one-year, part-time course for those working in or with an interest in boarding schools. It is offered in partnership with the Boarding Schools’ Association. This the most popular Masters courses of its type in the UK. We take students from all round the world. They appreciate the opportunity to follow their own interests while being given clear guidance about the requirements of a serious level 7 academic qualification.

This course allows those with experience in boarding, who are keen to research, to write about a topic of interest to them. The heart of the MA is a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. You will do a literature review, which informs your dissertation, and you will learn about different research methods. You will be expected to read widely.
Applicants may be from state or independent boarding schools in the UK or abroad.
Course content
  • Establishing your research focus
  • Discovering relevant literature and how to write a literature review
  • What is expected of Level 7 academic writing?
  • How to navigate the topic of research methodology
  • Planning your dissertation
  • Ethical considerations when researching

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Applicants must pay a non-refundable £275 registration fee.

Fees are invoiced for in September, at the beginning of the course, and can be paid in termly instalments or in one lump sum. Termly instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice.
Staff whose school is a member of the Boarding Schools’ Association are eligible for a 25%

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    12-15 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details