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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 degrees in London

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

Education degrees in Edinburgh

We also offer three of our Education postgraduate degree pathways in Edinburgh:


Subject talk and online open day experience

We've put together a bespoke virtual open day for anyone interested in studying Education at St Mary's.

Upcoming webinars

We'll be running webinars for you to find out more about Education on the following dates:


Course lead

Matthew Dell headshotMatthew Dell
Senior Lecturer

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

  •  Option One
  •  Option One
  •  Option One
  •  Option One
  •  Option One
  •  Option One
  •  Option One
  •  Core
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Option Two
  •  Core
  •  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.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Education students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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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.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2022

  • Home: £6,990
  • International: £14,550

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course.< 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. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

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.

Funding

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

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

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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 matthew.dell@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information