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Course summary

Our well-established part-time MA Education course is about extending your understanding of teaching theory and practice. 

The course is designed for those who are teaching, or are spending a significant part of each week supporting teaching and learning.

It aims to have a direct impact on your teaching approaches and help you to become a more rounded, reflective practitioner.

The course focuses on the key educational processes that underpin learning, teaching and the positive management of change.

You will develop your understanding of current policy, theory and research and consider how these relate to your day-to-day practice.

You will enhance your ability to analyse, critique and develop your own and others’ practice while building upon your intellectual, organisational and professional skills. Research skills are incorporated into all modules.

Start date

Attendance

  • Part-time

Learning

  • On campus

Length

  • 2 years part-time

Fees

Jan 2017 UK/EU/Part-time
£1,025
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The responsiveness of tutors always scores highly when students are surveyed about this course. Meeting your individual needs is one of our key strengths.

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Because most students on this course are teaching, we set assignment deadlines for the end of school holidays.

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This course can be delivered at your school if a group of ten teachers or more want to take the course together.

What we're researching

Dr Paula Bosanquet, who teaches on the MA Education course, is a world-renowned expert on independent learning and scaffolding. Her talks on the subject are in high demand locally and nationally for teaching assistants and teachers, focusing on how they can enable pupils, particularly those with special educational needs, to be independent learners.

Dr Wayne Tennent, another teacher on the MA Education course, is an expert in reading comprehension, having written two books on the subject and led numerous projects in schools which have demonstrated impact on pupil achievement in this area. He works extensively with the United Kingdom Literacy Association.

Dr Margaret Etherington, MA Education Course Leader, is an expert on art and gender in education.

Elsewhere in the School, Nicole Whitelaw and Julie Gariazzo have research interests in the area of autism while John Macklin, leader of the MA Leadership in Education, carries out research into leadership in schools in relation to complexity theory.

Warren Kidd, PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are open for the 2016/7 academic year and are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans policy summary for an overview of the main features of the new loans.

Receive a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees!

You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent
UEL graduates automatically receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees. Whether you graduated last year or 30 years ago, why not come back and continue your studies at UEL. To see our full eligibility criteria click here.

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent
If you pay your fees in full before 23 September 2016, we'll give you a 5 per cent discount.

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500
Open to some part-time students from a low-income household. To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL.

  • Online payment facilities
  • By telephone
  • In person at Docklands or Stratford campus
  • Bank transfer

Full information on making payments can be found here.

If you wish to discuss payments to the university, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK/EU
£1,025

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

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Minimum 2.2 Honours in a Relevant Subject

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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To be considered for this course, a significant part of each working week must be spent in an educational workplace.


Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

  • 4x30 credit modules
  • 60 credit Dissertation
All 30-credit modules on the course are assessed by a single portfolio of 5,000 words. Tasks are designed so that you can focus on an area of interest and personalise them to your own situation.

The subject of your final 14,000-word dissertation is your choice and you will write it over two terms.  It allows you to carry out a small-scale research project designed to solve a specific problem in your own context.

How you'll be assessed

 

All 30-credit modules on the course are assessed by a single portfolio of 5,000 words. Tasks are designed so that you can focus on an area of interest and personalise them to your own situation.

The subject of your final 14,000-word dissertation is your choice and you will write it over two terms. It allows you to carry out a small-scale research project designed to solve a specific problem in your own context.

Course specification

How you'll learn

The course uses an approach to learning which involves a four-stage process: needs analysis, planning, learning and development, and continuous evaluation. This approach might relate to your own practice or be used to identify and plan changes on a whole school basis.

To support each stage of this process you will have expert input from UEL lecturers as well as engaging with key readings. You will then work with your fellow students in discussion groups to exchange ideas, perceptions and experiences.

Tutors provide guidance and support, but we place an emphasis on reflection and collaborative learning. With the typical pace of a teacher’s working life, the time and opportunity to reflect and learn in consultation with teachers from other schools is a welcome resource on this course.

All modules allow you to personalise the assessment task to focus on an area of interest or need in your own context. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to carry out a small-scale research project designed to solve an identified problem.

The high level of accessibility to your tutor is one of the things that make us different, and is often commented on in module and course feedback from students.

The school-based MA Education is particularly popular with local schools.

“Schools have loved our offer of going to them rather than teachers having to travel to UEL at the end of the school day,” says Course Leader Dr Margaret Etherington.

“We fit the modules around what the school needs to ensure impact. The timetable and study materials are all negotiable.

“It’s all about overcoming the barriers to enable school-based students to complete their MA. And they still have the library access and all the advantages of being UEL students.”

What you'll learn

The MA Education at the University of East London is not purely theoretical. All of the teaching sessions and assignments are designed to support you to develop your practice.

You will study theories of teaching and learning – how people learn, what motivates them to learn and how to create independent learners. 

Modules also cover ways to support the specific needs of individual learners, and how to plan, implement and evaluate changes in practice.

Crucially, you will look at current thinking. Things move extremely fast in education and we regularly update modules to reflect the most up-to-date policy and research.

The content of modules applies to all teachers, rather than being key stage or subject specific.

Assignments are designed to allow you to personalise your learning.  So whatever the context that you work in, you will be able to apply the knowledge gained on the course.

Your future career

The work you carry out during this course will help you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of senior leaders in schools and other organisations in the area of education.

This MA degree demonstrates that you are able to think and function at a higher level, which means that you are more likely to be selected and recruited for promotion.

The research skills you develop on this course are also highly sought after in the current climate.

Sometimes the career progression aided by this course can be subject-specific. For example, a recent course graduate wrote her dissertation on literacy and secured a literacy post within her school as a result.

Students on this course are all employed in local schools or other education contexts. On completion of the course they either stay in their current workplace, often in a more senior role, or apply for promotion in a different institution.

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