Taught course

Education (with pathways)

University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a 2.1 UK honours degree or equivalent non-UK qualification normally in Education Studies, or Education Studies with another subject. Other subjects will be accepted if you can demonstrate in your professional experience and personal statement that you have an active interest in education and an appropriate level of professional experience.

You must present appropriate evidence of a minimum of one year, full-time equivalent, of professional experience working as an educator. This may include teaching and/or training in any subject or age phase or setting, coaching and/or mentoring in an educational setting, or working in education management or policy. You must have professional experience in the practical application of education, and have led and delivered educational activity.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your knowledge and understanding of education and educational research with our MA Education degree.

Offered by the University of Reading’s Institute of Education, this programme examines the broader philosophical, sociological, and psychological aspects and issues related to leadership, teaching, mentoring and research in education.

Take the steps to achieve your career aspirations and have a direct, positive impact on the lives of students in your care. The course is designed to enhance the analytical and research skills that you will need to pursue your desired career, whether you choose to specialise in teaching and working with children and young people in schools and other education settings, develop your profile in education leadership and policy to bring about change, or investigate the research and scholarship that influences professional practice and decision-making in education.

After you enrol, you can then choose to follow the general programme or specialise by module choice.

Flexible study options

Designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, the course is offered both on a full-time and a part-time basis. Several modules are taught outside regular working hours to accommodate the needs of full-time working students.

Choosing a specialism

Alongside your core modules, you can choose from a range of optional modules which span various topics. You may also select modules to follow a specific pathway, tailoring your degree to your chosen specialism. The available specialisms are:

  • MA Education (Early Years) – Explore research in child development and the wider context of families, communities and educational settings in which young children learn.
  • MA Education (Inclusive Education) – Explore what diversity means for education, and how to make teaching more inclusive by investigating inclusive teaching and learning for all pupils.
  • MA Education (Leadership and Management) – Develop your leadership skills by critically examining research-based models of leadership for change in education.
  • MA Education (Music Education) – Advance your practice as a creative music teacher by developing your creativity, musicianship and leadership through practical activities and music education research.
  • MA Education (Second Language Learning and Teaching) – Examine key issues related to the teaching and learning of second and foreign languages, and investigate how research influences classroom teaching and learning.
  • MA Education (Research Methods) – Study the qualitative and quantitative research methods used in education research in depth. This specialism is only available for students on the SENSS Social Sciences Studentships funded Doctoral Training Partnership.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    up to 63 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team