Taught course

Applied Professional Studies in Education (online)

University of Sheffield · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

A good first degree and/or suitable professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is under review. We're developing our MA Applied Professional Studies in Education (Online) course for the September 2018 intake. The content here provides a rough guide to the new course, but please bear in mind that there will be some changes to the course.

About the course

This course is for practising teachers, classroom assistants, heads of department and managers wanting to explore and deepen their professional practice through targeted reading and classroom-based practitioner research. The course is flexible, so you can focus on the topics most relevant to your job.

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

About us

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.

You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Core modules

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Practice-based Inquiry
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Dissertation


This programme comprises online modules with individual online tutorial support.


Each module will require the completion of a 6,000-word assignment. The dissertation module requires the submission of a 15,000–20,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months

Further details of qualification


Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 8167