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Apply education theory to your practice through a Master's degree, with the flexibility to fit your studies around your current work commitments.

  • Study the programme at school hubs, at St Mary's University and through the blended or online options
  • Apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools to drive effective change
  • Designed to facilitate reflection and enquiry into practice amongst teachers and other education professionals
  • Enables schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture

Why study Education?

Our well-established Education Master's degree is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and education professionals, including business managers, chaplains, librarians and data managers at any stage of their careers and in all phases of schooling or other educational contexts.

The programme enables current and aspiring middle and senior leaders to engage in critical reflection on their experience and understanding of leadership, whilst developing scholarly knowledge and linking theory with practice.

As part of this degree you'll choose modules from across our Education MA pathways. You'll also have the opportunity to explore an area of interest that's relevant to your professional role. This will be through a small-scale practitioner research enquiry, leading to evidence-informed innovation.

Why St Mary's?

This Master's degree builds on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education. The success of the programme lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching we offer.

You'll apply your learning to practical situations within your own school. In doing so you'll use your knowledge to drive effective change, whilst critically engaging with contemporary educational debates.

You will be taught by and work with tutors who have a background in teaching, management and leadership, as well as research and consultancy.

As a St Mary's student, you'll have access to excellent online learning resources. We also have a dedicated library for education students, the Naylor library, which has numerous study spaces, IT facilities and a café.

Education degree pathways

This degree is one pathway from within our Education Master's programme, which includes:

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Candidates will normally be expected to possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification approved by St Mary’s University.

Additional requirement information

Experience of working in an educational setting or a relevant professional interest is also required.

Accredited prior learning

Applicants with up to 90 Level 7 credits (for example from a PGCE or National Professional Qualification or National SENCo Award) are eligible to apply for exemption from up to three modules.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

The degree consists of five modules, with a choice of specialist modules allowing students to focus on an area of interest within leadership.

You will study all the core modules as well as selecting one module from within 'option one' and one module from within 'option two.'


Modules

  • Leadership and Professional Attributes Option One
  • Investigating Pedagogy Option One
  • Coaching and Mentoring and Professional Attributes Option One
  • Concepts and Debates in Inclusive Practice Option One
  • Primary Science Leadership Option One
  • Pedagogical Debates in Physical Education Option One
  • Developments in Religious Education Option One
  • Research Design Core
  • Organisational Culture Option Two
  • Leading and Managing Teams Option Two
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Professional Contexts Option Two
  • Addressing Literacy Across the Curriculum Option Two
  • Issues in Religious Education Option Two
  • Purpose and Value of Science Education Option Two
  • Inclusive Pedagogy in the Classroom Option Two
  • Purpose and Value of Mathematics Education Option Two
  • Pedagogical Issues in Practice Option Two
  • Reflective Practice and Evidence-based Pedagogy in Physical Education Option Two
  • Change Agency and Strategy: From Research to Practice Core
  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

This Master's programme supports your long-term career development. This is demonstrated by the high proportion of graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior educational leadership positions. 

Graduates of this programme are also well placed to pursue doctoral studies on either a Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Education) or a PhD.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Modules are taught either at St Mary’s through intensive Saturday Schools (approximately monthly) or study days in school holidays or fortnightly twilight sessions.

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through a variety of methods: reflective journals; research proposals; essays, case studies; portfolios and both seminar and conference presentations.

Modes of study

MA Education is taught at the University and as a distance learning programme. You can choose to attend monthly Saturday schools at our Twickenham campus or via video conferencing, from 10am-3pm.

The programme is also taught at school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools. This includes Academy Trusts and Teaching Alliances, helping them to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning and has the potential for high impact on school improvement.

This flexibility allows busy professionals to study in small groups in their own contexts. The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet your needs.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2021

  • Home: £6,750
  • International: £13,950

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact mary.mihovilovic@stmarys.ac.uk.

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