This MA is an opportunity to study educational issues in depth for the programmes cover policy, practice and education theory within an international context. Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programmes are designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice.
Students are expected to have an Honours degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution in the UK, although we often accept applicants with appropriate experience that we consider sufficient and comparable, or an equivalent degree from overseas. Equivalence of overseas students´ academic qualifications is assessed by NARIC. The content and subject matter of a student´s first degree is open. In some circumstances, professional work in education (e.g. PGCE) or related field can be assessed as appropriate credit for ´prior learning´ (APL) and a reduction in the number of credits required to pass the programme can be negotiated. For overseas applicants who are non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.
There are four compulsory modules and a dissertation:
Research and the Professional Part 1 will improve your awareness of how to do educational research, covering topics from e-Literacy and the application of research library skills, through to epistemological and ontological questions that underpin research. The module will help you find the direction you wish to take with your own dissertation and give you time to examine and question research undertaken by fellow students.
Research and the Professional Part 2 (Research Project Preparation) further develops your understanding of research and of your ability to engage critically with theoretical texts. Flexible learning themes are used in contact sessions, but mostly freestanding materials are used to structure the communication between you and your specialist tutor and produce clarity and enthusiasm for your main area of enquiry through a negotiated project action plan.
Education, Politics and Society explores how education can be understood in a complex and changing world where education is a significant factor in economic growth and competition. You will learn to question how governments attempt to control education processes and outcomes and examine the impact of recent policy initiatives.
Learning and Knowledge Technology concentrates on linking pedagogical theory with ICT tools and applications across the curriculum. It examines how technological tools can be integrated into teaching and learning in all educational sectors.
You also take two additional optional modules that allow for further in-depth study. Because the programme operates alongside the part-time programme, there is the opportunity to select from other modules. While these have a strong professional application they may still be relevant to your intended career.
International Education and Globalisation looks at education within a global context and deals with issues like ´antiglobalisation´ ´terrorism´ and ´cultural resistance´. It examines the nature of the entrepreneurial university, the idea of the ´knowledge economy´, and the way governments have systematically used the curriculum for nation building.
Global Citizenship reflects a concern in the twenty-first century for a curriculum that is increasingly expected to be responsive to a range of social and political needs, e.g. citizenship education, and the need for pupils to acquire a global perspective. It examines history, principles, research and educational practice where these fields converge as global citizenship.
Education Policy is about the politics of education. At its core is the examination of who makes policy and the comparison of the UK with other countries, making links with global issues.
Language, Ideology and Education looks at the way language mediates and constructs educational matters. It draws from Foucault and Fairclough for its rationale, and uses wide ranging educational discourses to illustrate its theoretical stance.
Education in the Social and Cultural Context of the UK is devised for overseas students who need a clearer awareness of the social and cultural backdrop to UK education. Tailored to student´s interests and needs, it can include school and cultural visits.
Cultural and Historical Roots of Mathematics is aimed at educationalists who would like to study mathematical history and its roots in various cultures from around the world, whilst equipping them with the skills and tools to enrich their knowledge and understanding of mathematical pedagogy.
Many of our students seek new career paths to educational management, training or in related fields, maybe in their non-UK home. Some wish to continue their undergraduate expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in, say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution
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