MA Education: Professional Learning (construct your own programme)

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning

Duration: Three years part-time

The main reason our students undertake postgraduate study is because they want to become better teachers and practitioners so they can help their students realise their potential. This programme gives you the flexibility to improve various aspects of your professional practice and to choose a course of study most suitable to your role, employer’s priorities, career-stage or interests.

Options may include:

  • Career relevant  – specialist modules for mentors, newly qualified and early career teachers providing skills development relevant to your particular career stage or role
  • Subject related – explore specific areas such as special educational needs, maths, science, language and literacy, or the arts
  • Technology and innovation – learn how digital technology and other innovations can support your teaching practice
  • Special focus – reflect on particular areas of your professional practice, investigate relevant theories and best practice, and help find solutions to your particular education challenges

Total credits required: 180

You may choose freely from our full range of MA Education modules* and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. 

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.

If you don’t wish to complete a full Masters programme, you may study modules individually with the option of building up credits towards a postgraduate qualification. Visit the Professional Development in Education pages for more information.

*subject to any module prerequisites.

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning
Duration: two to five years part-time

Constructing your own programme gives you the freedom to choose to study in ways which suit your individual circumstances. 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, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)

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.

Most of our campus-based modules involve seminars and lectures. Some also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. They 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. Friday or Saturday sessions are usually available to accommodate the needs of part-time students.

Research-led teaching

Students 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 students and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.