Taught course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

A first degree at first or upper second level from a UK University or equivalent qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in education or in a related professional field relevant to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content


Critically examine the relationship between educational research and educational practice in a range of learning contexts.

• 7th in the UK for research impact (Latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014)

• Carrying out world-leading research in higher education, social justice and inclusive education, educational effectiveness, mathematics, science and health education

• Covering the full spectrum, from early years to post-compulsory and lifelong learning


You’ll have the opportunity to examine critically the nature of education, learning, teaching and educational practice in the context of policy through different perspectives such as: global, national, regional, organisational, institutional and through to the individual classroom.

Students can choose between two dedicated pathways leading to the award of ‘MSc Education Management and Leadership’ or ‘MSc Education Practice and Innovation’ depending on module selection. You are also able to gain a more generic MSc Education.

Work alongside internationally respected researchers

• Study and assess the relationship between learning theory and practice in educational and training settings

• Engage with current debates in educational research

• Explore topics around educational research methodology and develop methods and techniques of data collection, analysis and interpretation

• Consider the nature and influence of evidence and its scope to support effective education

• Develop your skills and abilities in critical and independent thinking and capacity for managing your own learning, development and employment.

Our postgraduate programmes offer you the chance to work alongside internationally respected researchers. We offer a flexible route to a master’s degree which allows practitioners to research and develop more effective practice across different areas while gaining an MSc Education.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 3483