Education MA

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

Postgraduate Open Evening

Wednesday 25 May 2016, 4-7pm

Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening to find out more about the programme and research areas that interest you, meet our staff and enjoy some refreshments, and even see if we can offer you a place.

Find out more and book now.

Upcoming webinars 

Click here to register for our upcoming PGCE webinar Thursday 16 June.

About the Course

The Education MA at Brunel University London is designed for those with a broad interest in education and enables students to undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice.

The course develops the skills and confidence needed to enhance professional practice in learning organisations.

Attendance (full-time) is required 2 evenings per week.

Attendance (part-time) is required 1 evening per week.

Classes run from 5.00 to 8.00pm.

This course is available as the MA in Education or the MA in Education with a specialism in:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Science, Maths, Technology (STEM) Education
  • Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

The University reserves the right not to run a specialism where the numbers are insufficient to make it viable in a particular year.

Aims

  • You will learn to identify problems and questions in areas of interest and to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them.
  • You will undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice.
  • You will develop the skills and confidence to enhance professional practice in learning organisations.
  • You will undertake a critical and informed evaluation of relevant research.

Enquiries

Admissions and Course Enquiries
Web: Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265599 (Course Enquiries)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

Admissions Tutor: Dr Paul Miller

Course Content

The programme has a flexible structure which meets individual student needs and includes: core modules covering the central issues of educational study and research: Assessment, Learning and Teaching, and Professional Education. The option modules provide breadth of study and the dissertation module allows you to undertake a substantial, critically-informed, independent research assignment in a particular area of educational study.

Candidates who are successful on the MA programme, particularly in their dissertation, may apply for entry to higher degrees, including the taught Doctorate of Education or the research-based PhD.

The organising principles which underpin the programme provide links between the MA modules and our research strengths. These research strengths are in the areas of:

  • Professional Education
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning
  • Inclusive Education

The MA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

 

Compulsory

Students must complete a dissertation in a named specialism to qualify for an award bearing a specialist title in that area:

Dissertation

All students must complete these two modules, unless an exemption has been approved:

Issues and Perspectives in Education

Disciplines of Education

Students to do the two modules specialist modules related to their area of chosen specialisation:

Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

Social and Educational Diversity: the Nature and Implications of Social and Individual Differences in Education

Catering for Social and Individual Differences in Education: Policy and Practice

STEM Education

Issues in STEM Education

Towards Effectiveness in STEM Education

Leadership and Management

Coaching for Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership: Theories and Perspectives

Optional

Social and Educational Diversity: the Nature and Implications of Social and Individual Differences in Education

Towards Effectiveness in STEM Education

Catering for Social and Individual Differences in Education: Policy and Practice

Coaching for Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership: Theories and Perspectives

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • A distinctive feature of studying Education at Brunel University London is that the process of learning is informed by cutting edge staff research. The MA in Education has been praised in particular by external assessors for the ways in which staff use their research in their teaching, making research integral to students’ experience.
  • You will be taught by enthusiastic tutors who combine broad-ranging expertise with the skills and knowledge needed to develop students’ academic and professional potential.
  • Students are encouraged to enhance their career opportunities and to develop their capacity for employment in complex professional environments that require sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative.
  • There is a possible exemption from two of the MA modules prior to the dissertation for teachers with a PGCert qualification with 60 M-level credits.
  • International students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their own national context.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by an assignment which is submitted at the end of the term. You will complete a 5,000-word assignment (or equivalent) for each 30-credit module. Your final dissertation should be 15,000 words in length.

To be awarded a Master’s degree, you will have to:

  • complete 120 taught credits and a dissertation with a value of 60 credits
  • achieve a minimum of grade C in 60 taught credits and a grade D or above in the remaining 60 taught credits
  • achieve a minimum of Grade C for the dissertation.

To be awarded a Master’s Degree with Merit, you will have to:

  • complete 120 taught credits and a dissertation with a value of 60 credits
  • achieve a minimum of grade B in 60 taught credits and a grade C or above in the remaining 60 taught credits
  • achieve a minimum of Grade B for the dissertation.

To be awarded a Master’s Degree with Distinction you will have to:

  • complete 120 taught credits and a dissertation with a value of 60 credits
  • achieve grade A in 60 taught credits and achieve minimum grades of B or C in the remaining 60 taught credits in which a minimum of grade C may be achieved in no more than 30 credits
  • achieve a grade A for the dissertation.

Students who terminate their studies after successfully completing 60 credits may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate depending on grades achieved.

Students who terminate their studies after successfully completing 120 credits may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma depending on grades achieved.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2016/7 entry

For those admitted with APEL who have been awarded a PGCert with QTS from Brunel University London, a 60 credit module fee reduction will be applied.

UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time

International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

  • A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Relevant professional experience is desirable.
  • Associate students who register for individual modules may progress to the Master's course by successfully completing four modules.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Thursday 12 May 2016