Learn to critique and reflect on education policy and practice alongside experienced researchers and professionals.
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.
- Duration – Two years part time | 16 months part time fast-track route available, different fees apply
- Start date – October 2021
- School – School of Education, Language and Psychology
UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500 part time
International 2020-21 £12,750 part time
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
- Governance and leadership
- Education policy
- Early childhood.
How you will study
For postgraduate study our academic year is split into 3 semesters.
This is a part time course. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.
There are 2 options for the duration of the course, dependent on your qualifications.
- The standard route will take 2 years
- There is a fast-track route which will take 16 months. You are eligible for this if you have a recent PGCE or national leadership qualification.
On the two-year route you will study:
- 1 compulsory module each semester in year 1 (3 in total)
- 1 optional module in semester 1 of year 2
- A dissertation or professional project in semesters 2 and 3 in year 2.
On the fast-track route you will study:
- 1 compulsory module in semesters 1 and 2 of year 1
- A dissertation or professional project running from semester 3 in year 1 to semester 1 in year 2.
On this module you, will be introduced to to postgraduate study. You will review contemporary academic writing to develop your critical thinking skills. Applying these skills, you will assess global, national and local educational issues. By doing this, you can develop a deeper understanding of your area of study or professional practice. Your assessment on this module will be a creative artefact or reflective journal, designed as a thought-provoking introduction to the course.
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 your understanding of the connection between research, policy and practice.
Explore contemporary issues in education at a global, national and local level. Investigate the impact of globalisation on education systems and processes. You will identify key trends and explore theories relating to education, including social justice and ecological sustainability and diversity.
Explore the concepts of leadership in education and investigate the global and national trends surrounding it. You will analyse a range of perspectives on leadership, including humility, managerialism and governmentality.
On this module, you have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues surrounding special educational needs, dis/ability and inclusion. You will engage with theories surrounding the social interactions of the everyday lives of young people with SEN/D, as well as the social structures within which they are situated.
Engage in a substantial piece of research related to an educational topic that interests you. Your initial proposal will outline what research and methods you will use to complete the piece. Alongside the dissertation or professional project, you will also record a 3 minute video that will explain your research and relevance for the general public. 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 for one-to-one tutorials as your research develops.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning
All of our face-to-face sessions are delivered at weekends, so you can study flexibly around work and other commitments. If you are on the two-year route you will attend taught sessions on 8 weekends across 4 terms. If you are on the fast-track route, you will attend taught sessions on 4 weekends over 2 terms.
These taught sessions will give you the opportunity to meet other students on the course and become part of a supportive and inspiring community of postgraduate scholars.
As well as the weekend taught sessions, you will have 8 hours of online teaching per module. This includes recorded lectures, online discussion forums and guided reading.
Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.
You will take part in assessments including group projects and presentations. You will receive verbal and written feedback on these, from your peers and your tutors, which will help you to develop your ideas as you progress through the course. Your more formal assessments will include written work, including your dissertation or professional project, presentations and producing a short video. These will help to develop your learning as well as giving you transferable skills to take forwards in your career.
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.
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
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.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU fees for 2021 - 2022
The tuition fee for 2021 entry to the standard 2 years part time course is £6,500:
- £3,250 per year for 2 years, part time
The tuition fee for 2021 entry to the fast track 16 months part time course is £4,333:
- £3,250 for year 1, part time
- £1,083 for year 2, part time
These costs apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.
International (non-EU) fees for 2021 - 22
The tuition fee for 2021 entry to the standard 2 years part time course is £12,750:
- £6,375 per year for 2 years, part time
The tuition fee for 2021 entry to the fast track 16 months part time course is £8,500:
- £6,375 for year 1, part time
- £2,125 for year 2, part time
These costs apply to all students living outside the UK/EU.
Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.
Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.
UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500 part time
International 2020-21 £12,750 part time
If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.
Additional costs and financial support
While 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.
Accommodation and living costs
View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.
Where could Education MA take you?
This degree will give you the skills and insight to pursue a career in a number of fields within the Education sector. You will develop skills such as time and project management, how to analyse date and present your work, and responding to feedback.
This will give you an advantage in careers such as:
- School and college teachers
- Early Years Professionals
- Community Educators
- Museum educators
- Learning Mentors
- Education Managers.
Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.
Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £8,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2019)
Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:
- Employer events
- LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
- Workshops on application writing and interview skills
- Work experience and volunteering opportunities
- Personalised career advice.
This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.
Apply for this course
You can apply directly to the course via the link below. 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 for our October start must be submitted and completed by the 30 September