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

Please note: this programme is not currently recruiting for 2020 entry. For information about our Education Master’s offering please contact

  • Enables schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture.
  • A high proportion of our graduates gain promotion within two years.
  • You can participate in this programme in school hubs, at St Mary's University and through the face to face and distance options.
  • You can apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools, using their knowledge to drive effective change.

Why study Education: Pedagogy?

This degree is designed for anyone involved in teaching and learning. There is 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 your practice at any stage of your 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 is also taught at school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools, including Academy Trusts and Teaching Alliances, helping them to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning and has potential for high impact on school improvement. This offers the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own contexts.  

The success of this degree lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered. You will apply your learning to practical situations within you own school, using your knowledge to drive effective change, whilst critically engaging with contemporary educational debates.

The choice of option modules enables you to specialise in an area of direct relevance to your practice: Literacy, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Dyslexia, and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

You will have access to excellent online learning resources as well as a dedicated library for Education students, the Naylor library, which has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

You will work with MA tutors who have experience in teaching, management and leadership as well as research and consultancy.

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

A good honours degree.

Additional requirements

Students must be in professional practice in order to undertake a small-scale practitioner research inquiry.

If you achieved 90 credits of master's award (Level 7) in their Initial Teacher Training qualification are eligible to apply for exemption from three modules.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

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 Evidence-Informed Practice Core
  • Addressing Literacy Across the Curriculum Optional
  • Dyslexia in the Classroom Optional
  • Inclusive Practice Optional
  • Innovation to Enhance Mathematical Learning Optional
  • Pedagogical Issues in Practice Optional
  • The Purpose and Value of Religious Education Optional
  • The Purpose and Value of Science Education Optional

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 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.

A high proportion of our students achieve internal or external promotion within two years.

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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

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

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

Please contact for further details.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £6,490
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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.


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 the Culham St Gabriel’s website

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about 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


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Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. How can we develop the argumentation skills of middle ability Key Stage 4 science students?
  2. How can the research school engage nursery pupils in Forest Schooling?
  3. Exploring how spelling strategies taught during interventions can raise attainment and confidence in low ability pupils.
  4. Gender stereotypes and the STEM gender gap: exploring how boys taught in single-sex institutions perceive women in science.
  5. How does discrete, systematic teaching of number affect children’s mathematical development and understanding in Reception?
  6. How can teaching assistants use intervention to raise levels of progress and attainment in grammar and punctuation?
  7. Exploring the effectiveness of different strategies for teaching new vocabulary in primary school.
  8. How can a Talk 4 Writing intervention support the development of English as an additional language for children displaced as a result of war?
  9. How does teaching of science in primary school reflect the needs of learners in Piaget's Stages II and III of development?
  10. How do children in KS2 use mathematical language?