MA Education

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 3 years
  • Education
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September


The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment.

Highly flexible, it caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs, and study requirements. It is suitable for teachers, those in leadership or policy-making roles, and other practitioners working in education or related settings.

You may choose an individually constructed programme, or follow a specialist route which may be reflected in your degree title. You may study full-time or part-time, and choose to study on campus or via blended or distance learning. You may also study single modules through our Professional Development in Education programme.

Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by academics with considerable experience as practitioners, and whose research sets the agenda, influences policy and leads to innovation in the classroom

Specialist pathways include:

Current Exeter PGCE students 

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2017/18 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system.

Programme structure

The modules you take will depend on whether you are undertaking an individually constructed programme or wish to graduate with a named specialism within your degree title.

Visit the relevant web pages for more information.

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification.

This will either consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, or a combination of modules, dissertation and accredited prior learning or experience.

The full range of MA Education modules is available. The provisional MA Education 2017-18 timetable is now available to download.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning

As a Masters level student you will become part of the research-intensive Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines. Depending on the modules you choose, the following options are available:

  • Campus-based (entirely at our St Luke’s Campus)
  • Distance learning (online only)
  • Blended learning (mixture of campus-based, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. Visit the web pages for each specialism to find out more.

All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and presentations.


The Creative Arts, SEN and Technology, Creativity and Thinking specialisms can all be studied full time over 12 months or part-time.

The individually constructed programme, Mathematics, Science and Language and Literacy specialisms, can only be studied part-time. Part-time study can be taken over a period of three years.

Facilities and support

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via face-to-face and/or email or Skype tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Campus-based modules are taught at the Graduate School of Education at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK’s largest Education library. Weekend or Friday workshops are usually available to accommodate the needs of part-time students.

Research-led teaching

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.


The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions.  This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Visit our EdD pages for more information.

Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not correspond.

Job titlesEmployer
Teacher Ofsted
Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama) Devon Education Authority 
Special Needs Teacher   Jersey States Education Department  
Head of Department  Plymouth City Council 
Arts Manager FEA Training and Development Centre 
Educational Therapist  Camden LEA 
Education Officer  Exeter College 
Dyslexia Assessor  Hong Kong SAR Government 
Headteacher/Principal  Danish National School of Contemporary Dance 
Education Consultant  Ministry of Education, Cyprus 
Dean, Faculty of Arts  Saltash Community School 
Lecturer University of Reading 

Career support

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

Entry requirements

The MA in Education and its constituent parts are normally offered to qualified professionals (usually in Education) and those with equivalent. Applicants shall normally hold a good first degree UK Upper Second Class Honours or above, or Masters level credits (eg. PGCE) in a relevant discipline (see individual specialism/module requirements).  In addition to this, candidates should also have at least 3 months (or part time equivalent) relevant experience of working in an educational or other relevant setting (see individual specialism/module requirements).  

Please note, any applicant who is a trained teacher is assumed to have gained the necessary 3 months' experience during their training. All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements for postgraduate study. 

Some full-time specialisms require Disclosure & Barring Service checks and some modules require specific experience and/or current practice. Recent Exeter PGCE graduates can gain accelerated entry to the MA in Education.  

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. 

University of Exeter graduates

University of Exeter PGCE and National Award for SEN Coordination programme and PCAP graduates who have successfully completed their qualification within three years of the start of their intended programme can gain accelerated entry to the MA Education programme.

If you received your qualification from another institution, you will need to apply for your learning to be assessed. Find out more about prior learning and experience.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Current Exeter PGCE students 

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2017/18 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system.

Apply help

Application deadlines:

Part-time MA (January 2018 Entry) 30 November 2017
Full time MA     30 August 2018
Part-time MA (September 2018 Entry) 30 August 2018
Part-time MA (January 2019 Entry) 30 November 2018

Part-time study

For part-time study apply for the MA Education or Professional Development in Education route. Named specialisms, where relevant, will be awarded on the completion of your studies depending on the modules you have taken. 


DurationDeliveryApply online
MA Education (including all specialisms), part-time Three years Campus-based, blended-learning, or distance-learning

If you wish to study MA in Education part-time, please select:

Education - Master of Arts - (part-time)

Professional Development in Education (including all specialisms) – For those wishing to gain credits without committing to a full Masters. Dependent on module choice Campus-based, blended-learning, or distance-learning

If you wish to study Professional Development in Education, please select:

Education - Professional Development - (part-time)

Full-time study  

If you wish to take a full-time programme, apply for the MA Education in your chosen specialism


DurationDeliveryApply online
MA Education: Creative Arts 12 months Campus-based

For full-time Creative Arts, please select:

Education: Creative Arts - Master of Arts - (full-time)

MA Education: Special Educational Needs 12 months Campus-based

For the full-time Special Educational Needs, please select:

Education - Special Educational Needs - Master of Arts -  (full-time)

MA Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking 12 months Campus-based

For campus based Technology, Creativity and Thinking, please select:

Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking - Master of Arts - (Full-time)

MA Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking 12 months Distance-learning

For distance learning Technology, Creativity and Thinking, please select:

Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking - Master of Arts - (Full-time) - (Distance)

Fees and funding


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding

The Funding website has information on all available options for scholarships, bursaries and studentship funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all scholarships and bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

Full time

  • UK/EU: £6,900 full-time
  • International: £16,995 full-time

For part time routes:

  • 30 credit module
    • UK/EU: £1,150
    • International: £2,830
  • 60 credit module
    • UK/EU: £2,300
    • International: £5,665

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
United Kingdom

Postgraduate Taught admissions

For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
WebEnquire online

Where to find us

The Graduate School of Education is located on the University's St Luke's Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to St Luke's Campus and the St Luke's Campus map.

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