Taught course

Education, Teaching and Learning

University of Sheffield · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

A good first degree and/or suitable professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

The MA Education, Teaching and Learning is designed 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 enabling you to use the knowledge and skills you gain from the programme in your professional context. We have students from all walks of life, working in a wide variety of educational backgrounds. The units and modules are designed to cover theoretical concepts and ideas that are applicable across all contexts, and assignments are set in such a way that you are constantly encouraged to further your own understanding of your specific teaching and learning environment.

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 Tom Billington, Professor Elizabeth Wood and Professor Dan Goodley. Tom's research in critical educational psychology has shifted the ways in which psychology views young people. Elizabeth's work is internationally renowned for her critical intervensions into the lives of young children, illuminating the significance of play in the well-being of young children. 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

There are three core modules:

  • Education, Teaching and Learning (30 credits);
  • Practice-based Inquiry (30 credits);
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Students can choose two optional modules:

  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development (30 credits);
  • Language Learning and Pedagogy (30 credits);
  • Contemporary Issues for Early Childhood Education(30 credits).

The Dissertation module requires submission of a 12,000-16,000 word dissertation (60 credits).


This programme comprises online modules with individual online tutorial support.

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