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Education MA

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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 pathway in:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability and Inclusion
  • Leadership and Management
  • Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education
  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy

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

Aims

  • You will learn to understand the different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives that inform the field of education
  • You will engage in critical discussion of contemporary educational questions and to encourage a comparative and global perspective on educational policy and practice
  • You will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of methodological approaches and the independance necessary to undertake educational research
  • You will relate to aspects of your study to your personal and professional interests.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course content

The programme has a flexible structure which meets individual student needs and includes: study blocks covering essential issues of education and specialist content.  The dissertation module allows you to undertake a substantial, critically-informed, independent research assignment in your chosen pathway area or if you are studying for a MA Education then 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
  • STEM Education

The MA consists of study blocks and the dissertation module.  Ou study blocks can be found below. 

1. Disciplines of Education

2. Issues and Perspectives in Education

3. Methodology of Educational Research

4. Comparative and International Education

There are Assessment Blocks associated with each of the above mentioned Study Blocks, which students will normally need to complete, unless they have obtained exemptions.  Students on a Pathway will complete Assessment Blocks in their chosen pathway field or if on the general MA Education programme then will select from the range provided. 

Students must complete a dissertation in a named pathway to qualify for an award bearing a pathway title in that area. 

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

Entry criteria 2018/19

  • A 2:2 (or above)  UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Relevant professional experience is desirable.

  • Applicants who have previously been awarded a PGCE in Primary Education or Secondary Education by Brunel University OR have been awarded a PGCE through another institution at FHEQ7 and who wish to APL onto the MA Education or MA Education (with pathway) programme may apply for exemptions.  Applications for exemptions will need to adhere to the Brunel University London Policy and Senate Regulations.

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: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Assessment and feedback

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 - 18,000 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.

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.
  • Applicants who have previously been awarded a PGCE in Primary Education or Secondary Education by Brunel University OR have been awarded a PGCE through another institution at FHEQ7 and who wish to APL onto the MA Education or MA Education (with pathway) programme may apply for exemptions.  Applications for exemptions will need to adhere to the Brunel University London Policy and Senate Regulations.
  • International students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their own national context.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 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: £7,700 full-time; £3,850 part-time

International students: £16,200 full-time; £8,100 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

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 year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.