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Education MA

Course code

X370PEDUCAT; X370PEDSJEI; X370PEDLEAMG; X370PEDSTEM

Start date

September

Subject area

Education

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £8,000

International £16,850

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Education is a discipline, encompassing many elements including concepts of teaching, learning and pedagogy. Understanding how people learn and are educated is a subject of great depth and variety. In fact, learning and education is not uniformly understood worldwide and can vary from country to country, region to region and culture to culture.

Whether you’re an experienced teacher looking to acquire a higher academic qualification, and progress in the profession, someone with a keen interest in the subject of education or wishing to change to a more educational career route, this course will take you on a rich learning journey of your own.

The Education MA is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in the subject of education (as opposed to teaching training).  The programme will provide opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of key theories, concepts and methodologies in the study of education.

The aim of the course is to help you understand the different disciplinary perspectives that inform the field of education, to engage in critical discussion on current issues and contemporary educational questions and to encourage global perspectives on educational policy and practice.

Along the way you will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of methodological approaches and the independence and confidence to undertake educational research for others or your own professional interests.

The course is available either as the Education MA or the Education MA with pathway choices in:

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

Classes for the one-year full-time course are taught over two evenings a week from 5pm – 8pm, while the two-year part-time study option is taught on one evening per week.

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

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Course content

The Education MA will equip you with knowledge and understanding of a range of methodological approaches and the independence and confidence to undertake educational research for your own professional interests.

Your learning is made up of a core set of study blocks, and compulsory/optional MA specialism assessment blocks depending on whether you wish to specialise.

Pathway options:

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

The flexible structure of the course allows you to cover a range of core and specialist content tailored to your pathway.  If you decide not to select a pathway, you can select the assessments that most interest you.

The MA programme structure consists of study blocks and a dissertation module.  The study blocks include: 1. Disciplines of Education 2. Issues and Perspectives in Education 3. Theory and 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. 

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

The Education MA will enhance your employment and career opportunities in complex professional environments that require sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative.

Possible career destinations include a range of informal and formal learning organisations, such as local authorities, industry, art galleries, theme parks, museums, charities and companies offering educational or training services to staff or customers.

If you successfully complete your Education MA and would like to consider further study in education, perhaps PGCE teacher training, a taught Doctorate of Education or a research based PhD, you will be warmly encouraged by the department with the opportunity of discounted fees as a Brunel graduate.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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.
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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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.

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£8,000 full-time

£4,000 part-time

International

£16,850 full-time

£8,425 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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

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Teaching and Learning

Brunel has one of the longest established education departments in the country and is a leading research centre for work in supportive education that receives high ratings from the UK’s leading benchmarkers such as Ofsted.

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic academic staff, many of which are active researchers on a variety of education topics. Your learning will take place in groups of different sizes and compositions to provide a variety of experiences as you get to know and interact with a group of likeminded students from various walks of life.

You will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods, including whole group lectures, seminars to encourage discussions and workshops, guided learning activities (individual and group), tutorials, and writing and computer workshops. 

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your learning will be assessed by coursework which is typically a 5,000 word assignment at the end of each module. To achieve your Education MA you will complete an 15,000 to 18,000 word dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor on an agreed topic of your choice related to your pathway choice.

You may be asked to submit formative assessments that don’t carry any marks towards your overall degree pass, to allow you to receive feedback and direction on how to improve the quality of formally marketed assessments.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.