Education: Post-compulsory Education MA
Join a diverse group of students to investigate post-compulsory education on this collaborative and interactive MA.
Our Education: Post-compulsory Education MA is a flexible programme offering you the opportunity to explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education at local, national and global levels. It is designed to support professionals working in a range of education settings but will have most relevant if you have a particular interest in post-compulsory education.
- Location – York campus
- Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
- Start date – September 2019, September 2020
- School – Education
UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year
International 2019-20 £12,750 per year
UK and EU 2019-20 £5,000
International 2019-20 £12,750
You will engage with current issues and debates in education. Through research and advanced scholarship you'll develop as a self-directed, independent learner able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
Innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are supported by a team of tutors who are also active researchers. You'll study alongside people with wide-ranging educational interests, including people working in mentor roles and those in primary, secondary, post-compulsory or higher education settings. You'll also gain insights from library and archive professionals, those in museum education, Early Years teachers, playworkers and Children’s Centre managers.
You’ll have the chance to apply your current expertise and shape the course to complement your professional practice and academic interests. The Education: Post-compulsory MA can be studied full-time (typically over three academic terms, one year) or part-time (typically two years).
- Developing Criticality (30 credits)
- Methods of Enquiry (30 credits)
- Global Perspectives on Education (30 credits)
- Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context (30 credits)
- Local Independent Study/Project (30 or 60 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
- Major Project (60 credits)
Teaching and assessment
The learning and teaching strategies include lectures, masterclasses given by visiting professors and speakers, tutorials, seminars, workshops and e-learning activities via our virtual learning environment (VLE). There will be particular emphasis on engagement in individual and group enquiry to develop skills in critical questioning, creative thinking and problem-solving.
Delivery is structured to include two weekends each semester and some evening teaching for full-time students.
Outside of taught sessions, you are encouraged to undertake further study which may include reading journal articles, engaging in online discussions, and preparing for assessments.
Our assessments have been externally commended for being innovative yet rigorous, and we’ve received very positive feedback from our students.
On some modules you will be able to negotiate the assessment type so that it aligns to your interests and needs. For example, you could choose to write a funding bid, a proposal for a small-scale investigation, a report or another agreed assessment type.
Your final study is your dissertation or major project. This offers you the chance to further study a topic of particular interest and importance to you.
You may apply if you have an honours degree in an appropriate discipline. You will be accepted onto the programme following a satisfactory interview, references and evidence of qualifications.
If you don’t have these academic qualifications you may qualify for entry based on other equivalent relevant qualifications or experience. International applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate that they possess sufficient competence in written and spoken English to succeed in the programme of study. This will normally be demonstrated by an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with not less than 5.5 in each section.
If you have a PGCE which you gained within the last five years then we can recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from two of the modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study. This means that you would complete and pass the first year modules and then proceed straight to your dissertation study.
Fees and funding
To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.
UK & EU 2019 - 20
The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £5,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information
Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE).
International (non-EU) 2019 - 20
The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.
Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.
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Apply for this course
You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.