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Entry Requirements and Fees


  • 2020/21 UK Fee: £750 per 30 credit module
  • (Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)
  • For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline

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 contact:

Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator 
01243 812162

Administrative Assistant
01243 812045

To apply

Download our application form, complete and send to:

Admissions Office
University of Chichester
College Lane
PO19 6PE

Course content


  • Taught course over 2 years, plus dissertation
  • Flexible, modular programme
  • Two entry points (September and February)
  • Part-time study, evening and two Saturday sessions per academic year
  • All education and related professional applicants welcome
  • Variety of modules
  • Opportunity to follow your personal area of interest, including the chance to select relevant modules from other Masters (Level 7) programmes within the Chichester Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences. 

The MA(Ed) programme supports the development of a high status, world leading teaching profession by focusing on advanced subject knowledge and understanding of how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners.

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

The MA(Ed) is made up of four 30 credit modules and a dissertation (split into two, 30 credit modules).

Module 1

30 M level credits
Module 2 

30 M level credits
= Postgraduate Certification in Professional Practice 60 credits
Module 3

30 M level credits
Module 4

30 M level credits
= Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice 120 credits
Dissertation, part 1

30 M level credits
Dissertation, part 2 

30 M level credits
= MA(Education) 180 credits

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

How do I achieve a MA (Education)?

The programme consists of two mandatory 30 credit modules (Exploring Research and Critical Perspectives on Education), two optional modules (60 credits) and a Dissertation (Dissertation, Part 1 and Dissertation Part 2) worth 60 credits.

One content module will be available per semester.  MA(Ed) modules include: Critical Perspectives on Education,  Exploring Research, Effective Pedagogy; Emotional Aspects of Learning; Leading Learning and  Outdoor Learning.

The Critiquing the Effect of Workplace Learning module enables you to accredit informal workplace learning that you may be undertaking in your work setting.

Our MA(Ed) 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. 

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

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

For more information on this option, please see below for exit awards available.

Exit Award Part 1 Part 2 Award Requirements and Progression Opportunities
Postgraduate Certificate: Professional Studies in Education, Growth Mindset Independent Study: Growth Mindset (30 credits)

Emotional Aspects of Learning (EDU09)   or

Exploring Research (EDU01)

(30 credits)

Module availability subject to timetabling

Good honours degree or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Progression to MA(Ed) 

Postgraduate Certificate:  Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools

Independent Study:

Mental Health Awareness in Schools (30 credits)


Emotional Aspects of Learning (EDU09)   or

Exploring Research (EDU01)

(30 credits)

Good honours degree or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Progression to MA(Ed)


Postgraduate Certificate: Professional Studies in Education, Metacognition and Self-regulation 

Independent Study:

Metacognition and Self-Regulation

(30 credits)

Effective Pedagogy (EDU04)  or

Exploring Research  (EDU01)

(30 credits)

Good honours degree or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Progression to MA(Ed) 

Postgraduate Certificate:

Perspectives on Educational Research

Critical Perspectives on Education

(30 credits) 

Exploring Research (EDU01)

(30 credits) 

Good honours degree or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Progression to MA(Ed)




This course starts in September 



MA(Ed) Administration

01243 812045


Download an application form


Our facilities

You will study for your MA at our Bognor Regis campus.

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree.  We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our brand new award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

The campus also offers purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.


Where this can take you

Former MA(Ed) students have 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

Indicative modules

Module starting dates in Semester 1 (Academic Year 2020/2021)

Tuesday 22nd September -Critical Perspectives on Education (30 credits)

Tuesday 29th September- Independent Study: Mental Health Awareness in Schools (30 credits)

Flexible start date - Independent Study

​Flexible start date – PGCiPP: Workplace Learning Development (focus of this generic programme can be determined by you - contact us to discuss options)


Continuing students only: modules on offer for Semester 1

Independent Study Preparing for the Dissertation

Start: Monday September 14th

Masters Forum:  Saturday 14th November


Dissertation Part 1 - Planning and Developing the Research Project 

Start:  Tuesday September 15th
Masters Forum: Saturday 14th November
Presentations:  Tuesday 8th December


Dissertation Part 2 – The Research Project: Evaluation and Dissemination 

Start:  Tuesday September 8th
Masters Forum:  Saturday November  14th
Presentations: Tuesday November 24th


Closing date for Semester 1 applications:    September 18th 2020 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


Two years (four semesters) at the rate of one module per semester, plus a further year (two semesters) for the dissertation (parts 1 and 2).  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 2 years over the whole programme, provided that you return and complete the degree within 6 years.

A module is a unit of up to 24 hours taught/face-to-face delivery, typically over one semester with its own discrete assessment and carrying 30 M level credits.  Each module is formed 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 parts 1 & 2 (4 x 30) + 60 = 180 credits.

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

For information regarding Recognition of Prior Learning please contact:

Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator: email or telephone 01243 812162

Administrative Assistant: or telephone 01243 812045

Additional Costs

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