Taught course

Educational Practice

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant subject area such as early years development, childhood studies, childhood and youth, psychology or education The course involves elements of reflection on existing practical experience and applicants are therefore also required to be employed or volunteering in an educational setting.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Educational Practice is an exciting new course intended for professionals working with children in educational settings. Although a taught programme, the course is firmly based in reflective practice and combines theory with work experience to develop knowledge and understanding of how children think and learn.

The programme would be of benefit to those considering a career in teaching who wish to enhance their experience prior to completing a PGCE. Qualified teachers and other professionals working in education-related settings who wish to enhance their career prospects and develop their knowledge and skills in reflective educational practice would also benefit from this course.

The programme of study involves action research, practical ways of enhancing learning and reflection on learning and managing oneself and others. A focus on literacy and numeracy will form a core element of this course, reflecting recent Welsh and UK Government policies and priorities. The relationship between theory and practice will be explored during the course of this degree, allowing students a unique opportunity to understand how theory can be applied to educational settings. This aspect of the course is supported by a highly experienced course team who are actively engaged in research in classroom and student experience.

You will study the following areas:

- Researching education - research methods
- Evaluating Learning and teaching
- Leading and managing yourself and others
- The Reflective Practitioner
- Effective ways of planning for learning
- Reviewing the literature
- Dissertation

Teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops. Guest speakers enhance the learning journey and students are encouraged to share work experiences during discussion groups. Course content is directly related to issues highlighted by the Welsh and UK Governments so will be of relevance to anyone wishing to enhance their professional development.

Assessment is through coursework and uses a variety of methods including reflective logs, research reports, presentations and portfolios. During the MSc dissertation stage, you will negotiate a topic in an area of educational practice with your course tutor. All members of the course team have experience in both research and educational practice and your tutors will provide guidance and support through your taught modules and dissertation research.

The full-time option is an intensive course delivered on one day per week over two years. You may exit after the first year with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits of study) or exit with a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of three further taught modules. Students who exit with an intermediate award will have the option to return to study at a later stage and continue their progress towards the Masters qualification. The MSc award requires an additional dissertation component.

It may also be possible for students to complete specific modules as Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

Information for international students

Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable and applicants should demonstrate appropriate competence in English Language (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above).

Fees and funding

For full information, please visit www.southwales.ac.uk/money

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36-60 months


full time
varied months
part time
varied months


part time
varied months
full time
varied months

Course contact details

Enquiries and Admissions
08455 194 787