This flexible qualification offers four specialist routes – applied linguistics; inclusive practice; leadership and management; and learning and teaching. Your choice of route will enable you to engage with issues, concepts, and debates in an area that supports your professional development. Your investigative study will draw on your own and others' experience and on appropriate literature, and will develop your understanding of the role and the limitations of research in informing educational practice. The qualification includes a literature review in a topic of your choice, and a substantial dissertation or research project situated in your own practice.
Key features of the course
•Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to complete in three years, or take up to six years.
•Leads to MA in Education (MA Ed) or Master of Education (MEd), with a rich diversity of modules to suit your interests.
•An emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning.
•Develops and consolidates advanced scholarship and independent learning in the context of your own practice.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
•Knowledge and understanding
•Practical and professional skills
If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards Stage 1 of this qualification, by applying for credit transfer, reducing the number of modules you need to study. Credit transfer will impact the time you have to complete this qualification, and the six year time limit will start from the time your credit transfer was completed. So, for example, if you use credit transfer that you were awarded two years ago, you would need to complete the remaining 120 credits in four years.
We particularly welcome credit from those who hold a Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta) (course entry from September 2008) or the Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (LTCL Diploma in TESOL) (course entry from March 2007). Credit from these diplomas may be counted towards Stage 1 of our MA in Education (Applied Linguistics)/MEd (Applied Linguistics).
You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Master of Arts in Education or Master of Education entitling you to use the letters MAEd (Open) or MEd (Open) after your name.
If you have successfully studied specific combinations of modules you can be awarded:
•MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) or MEd (Applied Linguistics)
•MA in Education (Leadership and Management) or MEd (Leadership and Management)
•MA in Education (Learning and Teaching) or MEd (Learning and Teaching)
•MA in Education (Inclusive Practice) or MEd (Inclusive Practice)
You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.
On successful completion of a Stage 1 module (60 credits of study) you will be able to claim a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (K27). On successful completion of both a Stage 1 and Stage 2 module (120 credits of study) you will be able to claim a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education (E88).