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Postgraduate course

Education MA

Take your career in education to the next level and explore complex issues in education.

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Investigate educational issues alongside peers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and specialisms. A highly-skilled academic team will guide you through discussion and collaborative learning. The course is designed to support educational professionals working in a range of settings with content that will be relevant at any stage of your career.

York campus

  • Duration – One year Full Time | Two years Part Time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500 full time

    International 2020-21 £12,750 full time

Course overview

Our Education MA is a flexible programme taught in the evenings and on weekends. Explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education. Examine these links at local, national and global levels.

You’ll study alongside individuals with interests in wide-ranging educational issues. With your peers, you’ll explore innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. You'll also engage with current issues in education to develop your understanding. 

Explore education from different perspectives. Learn from the library and archive professionals or those in museum education. Or, work alongside mentors, with early years teachers, playworkers of Children's Centre managers.

We offer you the opportunity to become immersed in a student-centred environment. Apply your current expertise and shape the course to complement your professional practice. Undertake research in areas of your choice and develop as an independent learner. 

Study our Education MA full time (1 year) or part time (over 2 years).

Course structure

Level 1


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module will introduce you to postgraduate study. You will review contemporary academic writing to develop your critical thinking skills. Applying this skill, you will assess global, national and local educational issues. This allows you to develop a deeper understanding of your area of study or professional practice. Apply your knowledge to make original and creative arguments in your assessments. These could include journal articles, videos, blogs and more.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Develop your understanding of approaches to research in education. Engage with educational research and explore the methods you can use to investigate education. This will allow you to develop a critical understanding of the connection between research, policy and practice. At the end of the module, you will complete a project assessment which will allow you to apply what you have learnt.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in education at a global level. You will identify possible societal and educational changes around the world. Investigate the possible effects globalisation has had on education systems and processes. We will support you to progress your specialism by focusing on areas which interest you.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in British education. You will analyse socio-political factors including legislation, educational policy and ideological shifts. You will apply these to situational factors like gender, socio-economic background or disability. We encourage you to assess the impact of these on current debates and trends in education.

Credits: 30 or 60

Optional module

You will choose an area of interest which relates to local issues in education. Independent study may be empirical, theoretical, hypothetical or a combination of these. A supervisor will support you through your project with one-to-one tutorials.

Credits: 60

Optional module (You must choose one of the two options)

This module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of research. You will be able to choose a topic related to education that interests you. An initial proposal will allow you to outline your research and the methods you will use. If you choose the dissertation option then the module will culminate in a 15,000 word written piece. If you choose a Major Project then you will be assessed through a 8,000 word written piece along with up to three written, aural or visual pieces. An academic supervisor will support you throughout this module. They will meet with you to help with your research proposal and ethical approval. You will then continue to meet with them as your research develops in one-to-one tutorials.

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.

Self-study time
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.

Assessment methods
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.

Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Education or another related subject.

If your degree is not in Education or a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive work experience in the field, your application may be considered.

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.

International students 

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


Entry onto this postgraduate course will require you to attend an interview.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500 full time

    International 2020-21 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

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.

Applications (full- and part-time) for our September start must be submitted and completed by the 30 August.


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