Taught course

Education Studies

University of Portsmouth · School of Education and Sociology

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

The course allows you to pursue a combination of critical reflection on contemporary educational issues, educational research and opportunities for continuing professional development. Designed for those with an interest in the general field of education, and for educational professionals from recent graduates to those in established careers, the course has a broad-based structure that allows for a range of progression opportunities.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Examine a range of current contemporary issues and perspectives in education at a local, national and global level
  • Study educational research methods in preparation for a dissertation or work based project
  • Choose a subject specific pathway that is related to your research interests and/or your CPD needs
  • Have the opportunity to conduct an action research project related to your employment

What opportunities might it lead to?

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • School mentor
  • Middle manager
  • Senior educational leader/manager
  • University lecturer
  • Teacher

Module Details

The course has three core units, a choice of subject core option pathways and one further option. The content reflects current debates in the education sector examining key issues in the areas of childhood, educational psychology, SEND, and schools, colleges and universities at a national and global level.

Core units include:

  • Contemporary Perspectives in Educational 
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Dissertation

Subject pathways to choose from include:

  • Childhood Studies: The Child’s Voice in the 21st Century
  • Educational Psychology
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Pedagogy and Practice

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Action research project
  • Leadership, policy and strategy -the Management of Education
  • Working with Children and Young People in a Digital World

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Programme Assessment

The course is taught via a range of teaching methods and online delivery.

There is face-to-face teaching for the core units and a mixture of online and face to face for the optional units

You will be assessed through various methods, including:

  • Essays/ reports,
  • Blogs,
  • Literature critiques
  • Dissertation proposal,
  • Presentations,
  • Extended personal study

Student Destinations

Successful graduates will have studied both the theory and the practical application of current knowledge in the education sector, and may have applied this directly in a work-based project. This will support entry to, or progression in, a career in education. Roles that graduates will be suited for include:

  • School Mentor
  • Middle manager
  • Senior educational leader/manager
  • University lecturer
  • Teacher

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,000 Part time: £3,000 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £13,200 Part time: £6,600 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team - School of Education and Childhood Studies
023 9284 5204