Taught course


University of Northampton · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent. Applicants with other qualifications, in particular those with recent professional experience, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate academic attainment. Some modules require applicants to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) or equivalent. Applicants who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered. In this case the applicant will be interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing: evidence of significant professional engagement in children's services at graduate level or equivalent. The evidence will be in the form of a compendium or portfolio which sets out details of their specific responsibilities relating to their work with children and young people.

Months of entry

October, May, February

Course content

The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working in the field of education as well as recent graduates.

The course provides participants with opportunities to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest. It can be taken both full and part time. The full-time course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, whilst the part-time option contains the same modules as the full-time course but with additional modules related to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

The course is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables students to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, students will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities hosted by the School of Education. All modules are taught by members of the university’s academic staff. The course also makes use of visiting lecturers from other academic institutions from within the UK and further. The underpinning delivery principle of our teaching is that we seek to demonstrate the ongoing links between theory and practice: we offer all our course members the chance to engage in rich dialogue and critical reflection on work based issues, concerns and developments.

The MA comprises of modules that can be studied one by one. A key element of many modules is the provision for 'shared enquiry', enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts. Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to existing professional workloads, and are usually based on aspects of work currently ongoing in the participant's own school or setting.

There is a full time pathway through this MA. This is particularly targeted at international students and has a strong international and comparative flavour, although UK students are very welcome to apply. It consists of four compulsory modules and a thesis.

The four modules that must be taken on the full-time pathway are:

  • School and Classroom Cultures
  • Educational Leadership
  • International Perspectives on Education
  • Research methods

In addition to this the University now has pathways within the course which reflect two specific areas of professional and theoretical interest:

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1604 735500
+44 (0) 1604 713029