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Education Professional Practice (With Pathways)

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course, please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.

Months of entry

February, June, October

Course content

Upgrade your teaching with an MA in Education Professional Practice. Investigate a wide range of educational issues and become an expert in your field, at a flexible pace through the ease of online learning. Develop your professional skills by applying current experience to deeper theoretical learning. What's more, with a menu of focused modules you can customise the programme to your own practice and interests.


Current teacher or educator looking to enhance your professional skills and learning? Our well-respected MA programme in Education Professional Practice guides you through an academic repertoire covering a range of pathways in the education field. Our research-active tutor team will guide, support and encourage you through this exciting and challenging experience. Moreover, the option of a smaller ‘stand alone’ module is designed as an introduction to masters-level work while paying fees in instalments will also allow for greater flexibility and balance.


  • Enhance your current professional learning.
  • Experience high standards in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Achieve an MA in a specialist educational pathway.
  • Enjoy a wide range of module choices for learning and leadership.
  • Bring existing PGCE/M Level credits with you from prior learning.


Specialist Pathways Include:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Early Years
  • Inclusionary Practice
  • Education Leadership
  • Higher Education


In this MA Education Professional Practice, you will be able to accumulate credit through the successful completion of stand-alone modules which are geared to your needs and appropriate to your stage in terms of career and practice. You will be able to register for one module at a time and bank the credits as you successfully complete each module. If you wish you may ‘cash in’ credits for a University Award (20 or 40 credits) or a PGCert at 60 credits. On the other hand, you can continue to bank your credits before opting for your choice of award. When you have reached a total of 90 credits you will be required to determine your named pathway on the MA (180 Credits) or opt for the PGDip 5 (120 Credits). For a named pathway you will need to ensure that a total of 60 credits (not including the dissertation on the MA) relate directly to the focus of your pathway specialism. It is likely that in many cases students will want to determine a named pathway at 60 credits and not wait until 90 credits.

  • MAPP7104 Methodology and Methods
  • MAPP7105 Practitioner Enquiry
  • MAPP7103 Case Study
  • MAPP7106 Negotiated Learning
  • MAPP7107 Planning Enquiry: Research Methods and Ethics
  • MAPP7042 Practitioner Research

Information for international students

At the University of Cumbria, we offer affordable tuition fees for international and EU students looking to study at one of our main four campuses. No matter your choice of course or career path, our International Team is here to support you. For more information, please click here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. You can find out more about Student Finance specifically for PGCE Students on the PGCE Finance webpages.


We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Centre
01228 588 588