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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

On this master's in education, you'll take a research-first approach to understand and apply educational research. You’ll critically examine the relationship between educational research and educational practice in a range of learning contexts.

Our MSc Education programme supports students to pursue a senior role in education or enhance their current teaching practice.

• Join a community of education leaders shaping practice and innovation globally ranked 4th in the UK (Education, The Complete University Guide, 2022)

• 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.

On our MSc Education you’ll learn to:

• 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

You’ll join a close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential. You’ll graduate with the skills to analyse the challenges facing education and manage your own learning, development and employment.

Information for international students

For more information see our website.

Fees and funding

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
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