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Our Master's degree in Pedagogy is designed to enable teachers and other education professionals to develop research-informed practice.

Why study Education: Pedagogy ?

This degree is designed for anyone involved in teaching and learning. There's a choice of modes of delivery to meet the needs of practitioners in all locations and phases of schooling: face-to-face, blended (combining elements of intensive face-to-face learning on study days with online learning) or an online programme. The programme offers teachers and other education professionals - including teaching assistants, mentors and librarians - a choice of pathways related to their practice, at any stage of career.

The programme supports learning and develops your ability to reflect critically on classroom practice. The focus throughout the degree is on developing pedagogical understanding as reflective practitioners. You'll gain a wider understanding of key issues in the field of education.You'll also develop a critical understanding of research methodology as you plan and conduct a small-scale enquiry into an issue of your own choice. This will enable you to further your own understanding of your practice.

Why St Mary's?

Building on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education, we provide a flexible approach to this professional Master’s degree. In addition to being delivered at the university and as a distance programme, it's also taught in school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools, offering the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own context.

The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet the needs of the students. The programme offers six distinctive pathways: Literacy, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Dyslexia, and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Key facts

  • The variety of modes of delivery enables working practitioners to engage with the MA in the way that best suits their preferred learning style.
  • This course is based in the students’ own practice and is therefore highly relevant to their professional role and context.
  • The choice of pathways enable students to specialise in an area of direct relevance to their practice.

Course content

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


  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation Core
  • Investigating Pedagogy Core
  • Leading Learning: Pedagogical Principles Core
  • Research Methods for Project Enquiry Core
  • Addressing Literacy across the Curriculum Optional
  • Critical Issues in Inclusion Practice (SEND) Optional
  • Dyslexia in the Classroom Optional
  • Innovation to enhance Mathematical Learning Optional
  • Pedagogical Issues in Practice Optional
  • The Purpose and Value of Science Education Optional
  • The Values and Virtues of Religious Education Optional
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career opportunities

This course offers teachers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of evidence-based educational practice, placing them at the cutting edge of pedagogical development thus supporting career progression.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and group seminars along with individual tutorials.

Assessment methods

A range of types of assessment are used, including reflective journals, case studies, portfolios, research proposals, academic papers, oral presentations and a final dissertation.

Saturday schools 2018-20

This programme will be taught at St Mary’s on Saturdays (approximately monthly) from 10am to 3pm, commencing in late September 2018.

Please contact for further details.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

2019/20 fees

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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.


As part of the 3forRE scheme, RE teachers wishing to pursue postgraduate study may be eligible for Culham St Gabriel’s grant. The funding available is £1,500 a year and more details can be found on their website.

As part of the 3forRE scheme, RE teachers wishing to pursue postgraduate study may be eligible for Culham St Gabriel’s grant. The funding available is £1,500 a year and more details can be found on their website.

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

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

Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. How can subject specific training for art teachers help improve the quality of learning?
  2. What are the implications of mixed ability grouping for the teacher use of target language in Year 7 French classes?
  3. How can the use of technology in Physical Education enhance feedback and improve skill performance?
  4. How can we develop the argumentation skills of middle ability Key Stage 4 science students?
  5. How has the introduction of personal iPad minis for Key Stage 3 students affected the SEN students at my school?
  6. How can the research school engage nursery pupils in Forest Schooling?
  7. How does a shift in focus from realistic to creative art-making affect motivation in GCSE Art students?
  8. How can Year 9 boys' engagement in dance be improved?
  9. How can the promotion of a growth mindset affect KS3 students' engagement in Mathematics? 10. What teaching and learning strategies raise the achievement of gifted and talented KS3 mathematicians?