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Institute of Education


MA Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 years

The MA in Education is designed for teachers, lecturers and educational managers in primary, secondary and further and higher education, and for other professionals working in education, both in their early careers and with substantial experience in education.

The MA in Education is designed for teachers, lecturers and educational managers in primary, secondary and further and higher education, and for other professionals working in education, both in their early careers and with substantial experience in education.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 15 February 2021, 19 October 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The MA in Education is designed for teachers, lecturers and educational managers in primary, secondary and further and higher education, and for other professionals working in education, both in their early careers and with substantial experience in education. The course is concerned with the development of critical enquiry and reflection in the field of education, and the development of professional knowledge and expertise. This course also offers opportunity for those interested in research to progress onto doctoral study.

Ideal for  those working in education across a range of contexts, and for those wishing to study and research in education the MA Education is designed to provide an excellent opportunity to develop career  and employability skills. For those students with previous study at Level 7 such as PGCE, there is opportunity to build on your previous experience and qualifications. This course also allows you to customise your learning  experience through  flexible and varied assessment approaches. Our MA Education programme includes opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and understandings and apply what you learn to your current or future role, responsibilities or career aspirations. As well as provide a high-quality learning experience in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Previous participants on the course have told us that the MA Education has developed  skills in flexibly thinking with the ability to underpin change with theory.

What happens on the course?

A key aspect of this course is flexibility to suit your needs, there is an emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning. You will engage with critical analysis and rigorously investigate issues relating to learners and the work of educational organisations. Critical reflection on a range and breadth of understandings enables the development and consolidation of advanced scholarship and independent learning in the context of your own practice. In a fast-moving world of policy changes and challenges to our principles and values, these skills are vital.

You will need to achieve 180 credits over the course of your studies. These include:

Core modules

  • Educational Research and Development (20 credits) will support your studies and prepare you for your dissertation
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Choose 5 optional modules (total 100 credits) unless previous learning credits have been applied. Please note that some modules listed are available as CPD only.

You will be assessed for each course module separately. Assessment is coursework based, and includes:

  • Individual essays
  • Seminar presentations
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Investigative research
  • Group work.

Modules are delivered on Walsall campus with opportunities for afternoon and evening sessions. There are a range of modules delivered online to offer greater flexibility in your learning.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course offers a strong foundation for careers in a range of educational settings, both public and private, in the UK or abroad.

For those looking for a career change the MA Education  will enable you to develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for a range of employment opportunities. Graduates from this programme often secure promotions within their current employment or venture into new fields such as research, advisory services  or policy-making roles. Some students gain positions in new educational contexts, such as higher education and or progress to doctoral study.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has been very postively assessed by Ofsted for its teacher education.
  • We have a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments in areas such as: diversity and achievement, schools and social justice, emotional aspects of learning, internationalisation, learning and gaming, digital age learning, leadership and many more.
  • We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.
  • We focus on preparing students for a more enriched career, personally and professionally. Our modules are designed to be flexible enough to allow you to explore what you are interested in.
  • We aim to meet both individual and workplace needs, and our modules have been approved and supported by external validators who are themselves, education experts.
  • Our previous graduates have said that the course gave them confidence to apply for positions they would not normally have considered, and that their professional performance has improved as a consequence.
  • Some of our graduates have gone on to become advanced skills teachers, nursery managers, assistant head teachers, disability coordinators and national trainers for charitable organisations.

We have strong partnerships with regional and national education organisations.  

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2020 Entry

A degree and/or a teaching qualification are normally required for admission. Your professional experience may, however, count towards entry if you do not hold a degree – many successful participants (who are not graduates) have joined the programme and have found practitioner-expertise appropriate to the demands of the programme. This will be discussed at interview.

Demonstration of prior learning or prior certification may be used towards our postgraduate qualifications and you will be offered support to seek the accreditation of your prior learning (APL) where this is appropriate

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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