Cass School of Education and Communities
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.
Great student support
The responsiveness of tutors always scores highly when students are surveyed about this course. Meeting your individual needs is one of our key strengths.
A course designed for teachers
Because most students on this course are teaching, we set assignment deadlines for the end of school holidays.
Learn in your workplace
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
£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,280 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 made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
• if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
• your course
• your age
• your nationality or residency status
Full eligibility can be found here
Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.
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 hereTerms and conditions apply.
How we can help youDid you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn 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. Below are some the funding available to support you in your studies:
- Alumni Discount - 15% fee waiver
- Early Payment Discount - 5% fee waiver
- Asylum Seeker scholarship - 100% fee waiver
- Civic Engagement - £1,000
- Harship bursary - up tp £2,000
- Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000
- Team UEL - £1,000
Terms and conditions apply.
• Online payment facilities
• By telephone
• In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
• Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here
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.
Phone: 020 8223 4444
Per 30 credit module
The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.
You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or email@example.com
As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
What you'll study
- 4x30 credit modules
- 60 credit Dissertation
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.
How you'll learn
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
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
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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