Why study MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change (RE)?

This degree is designed to facilitate reflection and enquiry into practice and supports the long-term career development of participants.

The urgent need for expertise and excellence in the teaching of Religious Education at primary, secondary and post-sixteen levels is recognised within the United Kingdom and internationally. The contemporary context of increasing religious diversity, the on-going discussion of the role of religion in society and the philosophical and political about the rationale and content of Religious Education require leaders of Religious Education to be leaders of innovative practice.

St Mary’s has a long tradition of excellence in Religious Education, both in the initial training of teachers and their on-going professional development. This programme provides practitioners with the opportunity to engage in progressive thinking with colleagues in order to make a difference to the their pedagogical and leadership practices in Religious Education for the benefit of pupils and students.

Why St Mary's?

The programme serves to enable participants to:

  • Gain a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current issues related to curriculum leadership and learning of Religious Education.
  • Know-how to critically reflect purposefully through engagement with relevant literature and systematic reflection on practice and to evidence that reflection through a journal.
  • Articulate and critically appraise their own professional values and practice of teaching Religious Education learners and that of whole school approaches to addressing the learning needs of students in Religious Education.
  • The modes of delivery and structure of the course recognise the increasing demands on teachers of Religious Education and are designed to meet both individual and school needs.

This MA offers practitioners the opportunity to engage in reflection on and enquiry into their practice, developing their theoretical understanding and skills of leadership whilst specialising in the teaching and learning and management of curriculum Religious Education.

The course combines the study of Professional Learning in Religious Education with the opportunity to lead a research enquiry into an aspect of leading and managing learning in Religious Education, enabling practitioners to develop innovative practice within a supportive learning community.

Also Available As: Postgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate


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Postgraduate Government Loans

As of 2016 postgraduate students under the age of 60 are eligible for a government-funded loan of up to £10,000.
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