Please note that this course is not recruiting for new entrants into year 1, 2 or 3 of the programme in September 2019. However, you can access year 1 through a separate programme, the PGCert Education practice.
The MA Education Practice provides the core knowledge, skills and professional values to enhance your practice as an educator. It supports your development as a critically reflective practitioner prepared to fully engage with the changing educational environment.
The programme is committed to enhancing the student learning experience by fostering dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous development. This programme provides you with the opportunity to engage in educational scholarship, which is integrated with your research and/or professional activities.
There are three potential exit points from the programme:
At PG Certificate level after completion of three compulsory units (a total of 60 credits at level 7)
At PG Diploma level after completion of a further three units out of a range of options (a total of 120 credits at level 7)
At MA level after completion of an additional research methods unit and pedagogic innovation/research project (a total of 180 credits at level 7)
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject or equivalent.
Applicants should be teaching in a practice or academic setting.
Applicants who do not meet our standard academic entry requirements may be offered an interview to discuss their suitability for the course.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Investigating Education Practice: This unit will prepare you to support the student learning experience in a higher education and work place setting. It will examine theories and methods of learning, teaching and assessment, introduce the underpinning pedagogic knowledge and skills and enable you to engage in a scholarly approach to your education practice.
Enhancing Education Practice: In this unit you will design and implement innovative learning environments which enhance the student learning experience in higher education and practice settings. It will enable you to situate and develop your understanding of the elements of curriculum design within underlying factors which shape this process.
Scholarship for Professional Development: This unit will promote scholarship in continuing professional development which incorporates education, research, and professional practice. You will be supported to reflect upon the context in which you work, both disciplinary, organisational and the wider higher education environment. The management of change and the enhancement of their professional capabilities will be developed to ensure that you are prepared to work in complex settings.
Option units (choose 3):
Technology Enhanced Learning: Creativity in Design: Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) used to be seen as an optional add-on for teaching and learning but we are now at the stage where TEL is an essential teaching aid that students expect to see embedded in their learning materials. Teachers, tutors and lecturers can be faced with a bewildering array of applications, tools and approaches, all promising to help students learn. But how do you make informed decisions on the TEL that is appropriate for your students? This unit aims to address this gap by enabling you to gain a critical understanding of how and why TEL can be selected and implemented to enhance education practice. Applicable to teaching and learning in schools, further and higher education, the unit does not focus on any discipline or subject but aims to allow you to contextualise the unit material to your own environments and requirements.
Employability/Work-Based Learning: Implementing Best Practice: Employability is a key driver in education within the UK and internationally; the majority of students want to be employable at the end of their education journey in order to move seamlessly into the productive world of work. The aim of this unit is to identify best practice in relation to work-based learning in the curriculum, analysing the impact of a variety of innovative pedagogical tools and techniques that support the development of employability, and enhancing the skills of integrating these into innovative programmes of learning. In particular, the unit attempts to merge theory with practice and knowledge with experience.
Innovations in Assessment & Feedback: This unit will develop in-depth knowledge and skills in assessment and feedback and develop innovative approaches to the practice of assessment and feedback. You will explore current research and practice in designing assignments that promote learning and will extend your knowledge and skills of assessment for learning and techniques for feedback and feedforward in the context of student-centred learning.
Reflections on Leadership in HE: Developing High Quality Staff to Deliver High Quality Learning Opportunities: The UK government increasingly expects academics to offer excellent learning opportunities to students and the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) requires new ways of measuring the quality and impact of teaching and learning. Leadership is a key element to successful curriculum development, adoption of appropriate and innovative pedagogic approaches and, therefore, a consistently high-quality learning experience. The aim of this unit is to offer experienced academics an opportunity to reflect on their skills as leaders and to develop these further as role models and motivators for others to follow, creating a culture of creativity and continuous improvement.
After the completion of the research methods unit and pedagogic innovation/research project (a total of 180 credits at level 7), you will achieve the MA Education Practice.
Pedagogic Research Methods: This unit will enable you to understand and critically question the different approaches to education research. This will include the different methodologies that could be used, as well as specific research methods and techniques to address research objectives or questions. Whilst a key focus will be on research into education practice, this will be set within the wider context of policy at institutional and sector level, as well as the impact on individual learners. You will be exposed to a variety of cutting-edge research practices and will also be introduced to opportunities and challenges of conducting applied research using some of the main data collection and analysis techniques that are relevant to education research.
Pedagogic Innovation/Research Project: You will critically apply the principles and techniques of systematic research to produce a piece of independent research in order to facilitate academic and professional thinking in the field of education practice. It builds upon, and consolidates, knowledge and experience from all the earlier units in the programme. You will explore in detail core aspects of your chosen area of education practice, with a view to generating new theoretical and/or practical insights. The output, therefore, may be an academic paper of a publishable standard or a report which addresses an identified problem or situation around teaching and learning and demonstrates how recommendations or actions would be implemented. It is envisaged that the research undertaken for the Masters final dissertation or project could act as a ‘gateway’ to doctoral research or further postgraduate research studies.
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