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MA Education

Improve your understanding of the Education system as you boost your career

This course has both September and January entries.

3 years part-time
Bognor Regis Campus


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Improve your understanding of contemporary Education theories to support child learning

Our MA Education degree act as an exciting and insightful stepping stone to specialist roles in teaching, leadership, research, and consultancy.

This course aims to improve your understanding of advanced subject knowledge and shows you how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners.

Exploring topics on a local, national and global scale, you’ll learn about education from all perspectives and understand how you can make a significant difference to the lives of others.

You will be encouraged and supported to ensure that the practitioner research you undertake during your study reflects your chosen focus, making the course both specialised and personalised.

On this course you will:

  • Investigate, understand and analyse the fast-changing landscape of education.
  • Be taught over two years via a flexible, modular programme with an additional year for your final dissertation.
  • Learn part-time, with evening and weekend sessions per academic year.
  • Pursue your personal area of interest to build your MA course around you.

The Course

Learn how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners

Our MA Education programme endeavours to support the development of a high status, world-leading education sector.

We allow you to develop advanced subject knowledge, as well as an understanding of how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners.

Our MA programme provides the opportunity to follow your own particular area of interest throughout every module, for example a specific focus on maths subject knowledge; SEND; or management.

Typically, you will study part-time, taking four modules over two years, plus your dissertation over a third year.

The degree is made up of four modules – including two mandatory and two optional modules – and a dissertation.

You will be encouraged and supported to ensure that the practitioner research you undertake during your study reflects your chosen focus, making the course both specialised and personalised.

Under some circumstances you are also able to select modules from other Masters programmes including:

  • MA Advanced Professional Practice
  • MA Sport Pedagogy & Physical Education
  • MA Inclusive Special Education
This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Exploring Research: Informing and Changing Practice

This module supports you to become an agent of change within your workplace. You will consider theoretical frameworks that have a clear focus on the place of practitioner research as a tool for improving practice.

Critical Perspectives on Education

In this module you will critically explore diverse perspectives on the function, value and purpose of education and apply this new understanding to a critique of both your own practice and the wider educational context. Central to this discussion will be a consideration of what do twenty-first century learners need.

Effective Pedagogy

The module aims to present a useful and thoughtful overview of the ways in which thinking about pedagogy has changed in research and practice. This module will explore the impact of different pedagogies on early years, primary and secondary schools as well as on further education colleges, universities and the workplace. Topics include metacognition, self-regulated learning and learning sciences.

Emotional Aspects of Learning

In this module you will examine the links between emotions, learning and behaviour. You will explore how these links lead to success in school and in life and you will investigate how your classrooms and/or workplace can become even more effective places of positive learning. Topics include aspects of mental health and the impact of social media.

Leading Learning

You will examine the nature of leadership in the contemporary educational context and will debate the usefulness of theoretical models to successful delivery of a contextualised leadership role.

Critiquing the Effect of Workplace Learning

This module enables you to demonstrate and provide evidence of appropriate academic rigour that complements your informal learning experiences within the workplace. These learning experiences can be retrospective or current. Additionally, this module is designed to support and guide you to show originality in demonstrating how you deal with (and learn from) workplace situations.

Outdoor Learning

This module offers the opportunity to explore the research and evidence base surrounding outdoor learning in order to make best use of outdoor learning opportunities. Topics include the Identification of contemporary issues in outdoor learning and teaching, as well as the application of research to practices in schools and NGOs.

Independent Study: Growth Mindsets

This module offers you the opportunity to explore the research and evidence base surrounding mindsets to foster a growth mindset culture within your classroom, work environment or school. Indicative module content includes a critical interrogation of theoretical and empirical research; indicators of growth and fixed mindsets and interventions designed to foster a growth mindset.

Independent Study: Mental Health Awareness in Schools

This module is designed to support those who are working on programmes or professional learning activities geared to promoting awareness of mental health in schools. Topics include a review of relevant policy documents and guidance; indicators of mental ill-health disorders; consideration of how staff are supported with their mental wellbeing and evidence-based interventions.

Independent Study: Metacognition and Self-Regulation

This module is designed to support those who are working on programmes or professional learning activities geared to promoting metacognition and self-regulated learning. This module will cover an in-depth interrogation of relevant theoretical and empirical research; interventions, and specific techniques designed to foster metacognition and self-regulation focusing on the impact on pupil learning. 

Dissertation – MA Education

On completion of four modules a dissertation is undertaken by MA students through independent study with tutor supervision. It is divided into two 30- credit modules that focus on planning and developing practitioner inquiry (part 1) and evaluating and disseminating the research (part 2). The dissertation phase aims to develop further your expertise in professional practice. It will support you to exhibit the characteristics of a confident and effective professional learner in your chosen topic and thus positively contribute this knowledge to the wider professional community.


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Each module is formed of small group seminars and one Saturday workshop, held at our Bognor Regis campus.

You will predominately learn during your first two years (four semesters) of study, at the rate of one module per semester, plus a further year for the dissertation.

We appreciate that circumstances can change and part-time students are helped by having flexible study arrangements.

To that end, we permit you to intermit from the programme for a maximum of two years over the whole programme, provided that you return and complete the degree within six years.

Each module is a unit of up to 24 hours taught/face-to-face delivery, typically over one semester with its own discrete assessment.

These modules are taught through a collection of small group seminars and one Saturday Workshop, held at Bognor Regis campus. Sessions will normally be delivered between 5.30 – 8.00 pm, but times may vary.


The MA (Education) programme draws on a range of assessment methods including video diaries; practitioner research projects; 6,000-word essays; and presentations.

To gain a MA (Education), you will need to complete four modules and the dissertation, however it is your right to exit the programme at any time.

After successful completion of two modules you would be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice and after four modules you would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice.

There will also be a focus on your ability to function within a workplace setting, as well as a final independent project that will act a culmination of your three years of learning on the course.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.


Develop your career opportunities within the education sector

Our MA Education degree is a stepping stone to specialist roles within the education sector, including: teaching, leadership, research and consultancy.

Career paths include roles within:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Charities
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Church and faith organisations
  • International development

Further study

Former MA Education students have also progressed to PhD programmes in Social Studies at the University of Chichester.

Their research areas include:

  • Default Males: An exploration into the construction of identity for white, working-class men
  • How schools understand the Government’s directive to facilitate cultural capital amongst their pupils

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
per 30 credit module.


University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline
  • Relevant employment or experience
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

  • Applicants who have already completed up to 90 credits at Masters Level may use these credits to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the total of 180 credits to gain the MA Ed. Please note that RPL may affect your eligibility for any Postgraduate loan. For details go to
  • For information regarding Recognition of Prior Learning please email or call +44 (0)1243 812045

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