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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.

Tailored to your professional commitments, the study mode is only evenings where for part-time students is once per week and for full-time students is twice per week. 

What makes this course different

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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.

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A course designed for teachers

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

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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.


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.




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."


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.


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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

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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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our  Career Coach portal.