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MA Education

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Bognor Regis campus

Typically studied part-time over three years

Top 10
UK university for Education
for courses and lecturers
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

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.


  • 2021/22 UK Fee: £810 per 30 credit module
  • Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum
  • University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry
  • For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page
  • For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page

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 01243 812045

Course content


8th out of 80 institutions for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

Study a course that will boost your career. Our MA Education degree is a 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.

This course starts in September.

hy study this course?

  • Be taught course over 2 years, plus dissertation
  • Flexible, modular programme
  • Variety of modules
  • Two entry points (September and February)
  • Part-time study, evening and two Saturday sessions per academic year
  • All education and related professional applicants welcome
  • 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. 

Course structure

The MA Education (Ed) has two entry points of September and February. 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 30 credit modules - including two mandatory and two optional modules - and a dissertation split into two, 30 credit modules.

Core modules include:

  • Exploring Research
  • Critical Perspectives on Education
  • Dissertation Part 1
  • Dissertation Part 2

A choice of two module options:

  • Outdoor Learning
  • Effective Pedagogy  
  • Emotional Aspects of Learning  
  • Leading Learning  
  • Critiquing the Effect of Workplace Learning  

See Indicative Modules below for more information about the module content. 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, making the course both specialised and personalised.  

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

Learn more

For further details please contact or Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator at

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

There's plenty of ways to see the campus, even from your own home! Take a look around at our facilities through our Virtual Tour.

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

You'll study four 30 credit modules - including two mandatory and two optional modules - and a dissertation split into two, 30 credit modules. 

Exploring Research (compulsory) 

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 (compulsory)

This module enables students to critically explore diverse perspectives on the nature of education and apply this new understanding to a critique of  both their own and the wider educational context and experience.  Within this module recent and seminal theoretical and empirical research will address the following questions:

  • What is the function, value and purpose of education?
  • Who or what defines the nature of the educational experience?
  • What do 21st 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 individuals, individual schools or groups of schools the opportunity to explore the research and evidence base surrounding outdoor learning in order to make best use of outdoor learning opportunities. Students are able to pursue their own professional and personal interests as they explore research that underpins present practices and alternatives ways forward.

  • Identification of contemporary issues in outdoor learning and teaching as identified by teachers, policy makers, NGOs and researchers in UK and abroad
  • Critical interrogation of current theoretical and empirical research on aspects of outdoor learning
  • Application of research to practice in schools and NGOs

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. This module may be combined with another module (Emotional Aspects of Learning or Exploring Research) to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education: Mental Health Awareness in Schools.

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. This module may be combined with another module (Emotional Aspects of Learning or Exploring Research) to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education: Growth Mindsets.

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. This module may be combined with another module (Effective Pedagogy or Exploring Research) to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education: Metacognition and Self-regulation.

Dissertation (compulsory) 

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. 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


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

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

How to Apply

To apply for this course, you'll need to download our application form, complete and send to our Admissions Team:

Admissions Office

University of Chichester

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Learn more about this course

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