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Progress your career as a PE teacher or sports educator into a leadership position with a postgraduate degree in Physical Education.

  • Advance your professional skills and expertise as a practitioner researcher.
  • Apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools, using your knowledge to drive effective change in Physical Education.
  • Study this degree in person at St Mary's University or through the blended or online options.
  • Access to excellent tutorial and supervisory support.

Why study Education: Physical Education?

This programme is ideal for you regardless of whether you're a specialist or non-specialist PE teacher, a current or aspiring leader and no matter the phase of education you work in. We've built this Physical Education degree to meet the professional development needs of PE teachers and sports educators at all career stages.

Throughout the programme you're encouraged to reflect critically on your teaching experiences. You'll develop knowledge that will allow you to link academic theory to your teaching practice.

A small-scale practitioner research enquiry will give you the opportunity to explore a specific area related to your role. This research should lead you developing to evidence-informed innovation in Physical Education.

Why St Mary's?

Education: Physical Education builds on our long tradition of sporting excellence and our foundations in teacher education. The degree's success is owed to the flexible learning methods and quality of teaching offered.

You'll learn from - and work with - a team of lecturers with experience in teaching, management and leadership, research and consultancy.

We provide a flexible approach to studying this professional Master’s degree. We teach programme on-site at the University and as a distance learning programme. This means you can attend the monthly Saturday Schools either at St Mary’s or via video conferencing.

You'll take what you learn from the degree and apply it to your own to context. This will allow you to drive effective change, whilst engaging in critical debates into contemporary educational issues.

As well as access to excellent online learning resources, you'll also have use of a dedicated library for Education students. The Naylor Library has a range of study spaces, open access 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

You will normally be expected to possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification approved by the 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, 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

Modules

  • Pedagogical Debates in Physical Education Core
  • Research Design Core
  • Reflective Practice and Evidence-based Pedagogy in Physical Education Core
  • 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 evident from the high proportion of MA Education graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior leadership positions within Physical Education or an educational establishment within one year of completing the programme

Graduates of this programme are 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
  • Seminar and conference presentations.

Modes of study

You can choose to attend monthly Saturday schools at our London campus or via video conferencing as a distance learning student. Saturday schools run between 10am-3pm.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £6,480
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 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.

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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