Taught course

Education Practice and Innovation

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

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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


Explore innovations across Lifelong and Work-related learning sectors with a focus on, policy and innovative practice and, research and theoretical perspectives.

• 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

Our flexible Master’s course enables you to align your course content with your own professional practice. Specialise in a number of directions through your choice of optional units and the focus of your dissertation.


Engage in study and research in the company of internationally respected academics.

• Appreciate the context and policy drivers across the Lifelong and Work-Related sector

• Develop an understanding of the nature of educational practice and innovation in the Lifelong and Work-Related sector

• Recognise different forms of innovation in learning and teaching

• Interrogate different forms of innovation and associated claims

• Explore the barriers to and enablers of change in educational innovation

• Recognise and critique the major processes of training and development

• Identify the process of evaluation and its relationship to training and development.

This programme will appeal to a broad spectrum of teachers and practitioners across all educational sectors but particularly those in post-compulsory education organisations.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from a UK university, you will be required to provide evidence of competency in English.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We are partnering with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) to offer international scholarships to support students from select Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. The CSC is accepting applications for the MSc Education (with pathways in Education Management and Leadership or Education Practice and Innovation) 2020 entry.

The scholarship offers full funding including fees, a monthly stipend payment and travel costs.

To check your eligibility and find out how to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Shared Scholarships section of our Commonwealth scholarships page and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 3483