Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A 2:1 degree in Education or another related subject

If you do not meet this, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

Fast-track route

If you have either of the following you will be eligible to apply for the fast-track route:

  • A recent PGCE, gained within the last 5 years
  • A PGCE and a recent national leadership qualification (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQHT) gained within the last 5 years

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.



You may be asked to attend an interview for this course. Once you have applied, you will receive further information about your interview from our Admissions team.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Leaning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

Investigate wide-ranging issues in education alongside peers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and specialisms. You will join our professional learning community where you will explore fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of education. Together, we will reflect on how global phenomena impact national and local policy and practice.

Our Education MA is a flexible, part time course taught through a blended approach of online and face-to-face learning. All of the face-to-face taught sessions are delivered over designated weekends. This offers you the opportunity to study alongside work and other commitments. There is also a fast-track route for those who have a PGCE or national leadership qualification. This means you can gain an MA after 16 months of part time study.

You will explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education, examining these links at a local, national and global level. You will gain experience in carrying out independent research and develop transferable skills, including:

  • The confidence to question established practice
  • Communicating to a range of audiences
  • Learning how to give critical responses in a professional environment.

We will encourage you to apply what you are learning on the course to your job. This means you will have the opportunity to positively influence your work as a direct result of the course. You will be able to carry out your dissertation or professional project in your workplace.

You will work alongside our team of academics who have expertise in social justice and education. Our research specialties include:

  • Critical pedagogies
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Autism
  • Governance and leadership
  • Education policy
  • Early childhood.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team