Education: Post-compulsory Education MA

The MA Education: Post-Compulsory education programme is an exciting opportunity to join with other students in discussion and collaborative learning while being taught by a team which is highly skilled in supporting your needs as a postgraduate student.

Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018 Full-time Home & EU students: £3,500, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

Our MA Education: Post-compulsory Education is a flexible programme which offers you the opportunity to explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education. Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge based on a wide range of critical perspectives and will be supported in focusing your research on your particular interest in post-compulsory education.

This course engages you with current issues and debates in education, enabling you to gain critical awareness and understanding and to develop new insights. You will engage in research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and will develop as a self-directed, independent learner who is able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Our MA Education: Post-compulsory Education includes innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment which are supported by a team of tutors who are also active researchers. We have designed the programme to enable you to study with others who are interested in a wide range of educational issues; for example Early Years teachers, play workers or Children’s Centre managers, staff working in primary, secondary settings; libraries and archive professionals; people working in museum education; and, importantly, other individuals working in post-compulsory or higher education settings.

Course structure

This flexible course enables you to apply your experience in mentoring education by selecting areas of focus for assignments to support your professional practice and academic interests. In the final stage of the course you will undertake a dissertation where you will research in depth one particular theme of your choice.

Our MA course in Education: Post-compulsory Education can be studied full-time (typically over three academic semesters) or part-time (typically 3 years). The full-time option may be more suitable if you are taking a break from employment or following on from undergraduate study.

Part-time route

The MA Education: Post-compulsory Education (part-time) course typically takes place over three academic years.  

Year One

The first year offers students grounding in the core skills required to conduct educational research at Masters level. The modules are designed to develop students’ capacity to think and write critically with a view to preparing them for conducting their own rigorous research and final dissertation focused on post-compulsory education.

In the first year of part-time study you will study two modules:

Developing Criticality

This will normally be the first module as it introduces students to studying at Master’s level. It aims to build students’ capacity for sustained criticality through the review of contemporary, published, academic writing and the acquisition of critical writing skills.

Methods of Enquiry

This module is valuable study for all students and those whose target award is the Master’s degree will apply the learning from this module to the dissertation study.

The Methods of Enquiry module enables students to engage critically with research evidence and to develop in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of a range of approaches and methods through which education is investigated. Students will develop critical understandings of the relationship(s) between research, policy and practice through reflecting on, and engaging with, examples of educational research, including research which is led by members of the MA Education programme team.

Year Two

The second year develops students’ critical engagement with educational research across global, national and local domains. Each module offers opportunities to explore and apply theoretical concepts and educational to post-compulsory education. 

Global Perspectives on Education

This module comprises the global element of the distinctive ‘Global, National, Local’ structure within the MA Education. Students develop, deepen and/or broaden their knowledge and gain a critical understanding of global change on educational processes and systems.
If you chose this module you could agree to focus your assignment on an interest such as developments in post-16 unification of academic education and vocational training in European countries.

Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context

This module comprises the national element of the distinctive ‘Global, National, Local’ structure within the MA Education. Students develop, deepen and/or broaden their knowledge and gain a critical understanding of contemporary issues in education at a national level.

If you chose this module you could agree with the tutor to focus your assignment on an interest such as government policies and approaches to develop quality in post-compulsory education.

Local Independent Study/Project

This module provides an opportunity for students to broaden and/or deepen their knowledge and understanding of a subject relevant to their own development. The module comprises the local element designed to support the exploration of issues of significance that are smaller in scale than those explored through either the global or national focus.

If you chose this module you could agree with the tutor to focus on the exploration of an issue relevant to you. This may be something you are developing in your setting if you have a practice setting for example or it could be an interest in some aspect of the purposes and uses of lesson observation, which you would like to study and understand further.

Year Three

The final year engages students in a substantial piece of educational research which is considered the capstone of the Masters course. Under the supervision from an experienced member of staff, students will conduct and write up a piece research based on their own interests in the broad field of education but with a likely focus on post-compulsory education.

Dissertation: Post-compulsory Education

This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research focused on a topic that is relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus and nature of the investigation will be agreed with your supervisor for example it could be an investigation into the use of the ‘flipped classroom’ approach to teaching and learning in undergraduate study.

Major Project: Post-compulsory Education

This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research investigation and artefact development on a topic relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus, nature of the investigation and intended output will be negotiated and agreed with your supervisor. For example the written component could be an investigation into a self-review tool you have designed to support student self-assessment including a dissemination strategy you have developed, which may include a poster presenting your findings and good practice guidelines you have developed to enhance future practice in the setting.

Full-time route

The MA Education: Post-compulsory Education (full-time) course typically takes place over three academic semesters. 

Year One | Semester One (October – January)

The first semester offers students grounding in the core skills required to conduct educational research at Masters level. The modules are designed to develop students’ capacity to think and write critically with a view to preparing them for conducting their own research dissertation.

Developing Criticality

This will normally be the first module as it introduces students to studying at Master’s level. It aims to build students’ capacity for sustained criticality through the review of contemporary, published, academic writing and the acquisition of critical writing skills.

Methods of Enquiry

This module is valuable study for all students and those whose target award is the Master’s degree will apply the learning from this module to the dissertation study.

The Methods of Enquiry module enables students to engage critically with research evidence and to develop in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of a range of approaches and methods through which education is investigated. Students will develop critical understandings of the relationship(s) between research, policy and practice through reflecting on, and engaging with, examples of educational research, including research which is led by members of the MA Education programme team.

Year Two | Semester Three (October – January)

The final semester engages students in a substantial piece of educational research which is considered the capstone of the Masters course. Under the supervision from an experienced member of staff, students will conduct and write up a piece research based on their own interests in the broad field of education but with a likely focus on post-compulsory education.

Dissertation: Post-compulsory Education

This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research focused on a topic that is relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus and nature of the investigation will be agreed with your supervisor for example it could be an investigation into the use of the ‘flipped classroom’ approach to teaching and learning in undergraduate study.

Major Project: Post-compulsory Education

This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research investigation and artefact development on a topic relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus, nature of the investigation and intended output will be negotiated and agreed with your supervisor. For example the written component could be an investigation into a self-review tool you have designed to support student self-assessment including a dissemination strategy you have developed, which may include a poster presenting your findings and good practice guidelines you have developed to enhance future practice in the setting.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

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.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2017 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,500 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 new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course for students commencing in the 2016/17 academic year. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

Overseas 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2017 entry to this postgraduate course is £10,000 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.

International Fees & Funding

How to Apply

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.

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