Taught course

Education Studies (with Professional Experience)

University of Portsmouth · School of Education, Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a Social Sciences or other relevant subject, or the subject specialism and professional experience of a qualified teacher now wishing to pursue the MA Education Studies. Applicants with pre-existing Masters credits will be considered for RPL depending on the direct relevance of prior study to the MA Education Studies course.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


Explore what shapes the learning experience on this Master's in Education Studies, and put theory into practice on a year's work placement in an educational setting.

You'll spend your first year at University, studying issues and theories related to the lived experience of education wherever it takes place, including schools, colleges, universities and professional training programmes. Guided by an expert team with direct sector experience, you'll assess the elements that influence educational outcomes for students of all ages, from teaching to family dynamics, plus sociological, political and cultural factors.

In Year 2, it's time to apply what you've learned on a professional experience placement, such as at a school, college, early years setting, local authority or private enterprise delivering learning and teaching.

If you're new to education, you'll gain invaluable experience for the next stage of your career. As a teacher, manager or researcher already working in the sector, you'll strengthen your skills and develop new ones in a fresh practice environment.

You'll graduate with the high-level academic skills and real sector expertise to work towards educational reform in a senior role, such as in educational policy and services, pedagogy, learning support or research.

Course highlights
  • Spend 12 months working in a real educational setting, such as a school, early years environment or local authority team, applying your learning and building a professional network
  • Learn to demystify the practices and experiences surrounding education, learning and teaching – from the changing purpose of education and educational psychology, to the ways in which policy and practice influence the lives of students
  • Be taught and supported by an expert academic team active in educational research and education practice, from early years to further and higher education
  • Join a diverse cohort of students from the education sector and share perspectives on international approaches and attitudes to teaching and learning
  • Boost your transferable skills, including critical thinking, research, anti-discriminatory practice, and project management
  • Maximise the impact of your research dissertation by relating it to an area meaningful to you, such as your own educational institution and role, special educational needs (SEN), or a social issue that affects the way students learn

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

- Networking events

- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events

- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council

- Workshops to enhance your employability skills

- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair

- 1-to-1 appointments

- CV and cover letter advice

- Interview preparation and practice

- Support starting your own business

Careers and opportunities
Education is one of the most effective routes to worldwide social mobility and economic growth, yet many factors and inequalities still affect students' experience. This Master's in Education Studies (with Professional Experience) will prepare you to become a thought leader in the sector with the capacity and agility to respond to these issues.
Once you graduate, you'll have the theoretical knowledge and educational practice experience to pursue leadership or senior roles in social and community education, private enterprise, school improvement, policy-making, pedagogy, mentorship, consultancy, research or learning support.
Graduates of this course have gone on to roles such as:
  • Education mental health practitioner
  • Lecturer in Education
  • Research assistant

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

University Admissions Centre
+44 (0)23 9284 5566