MA Education: Science Education

Specialism leaderDr Lindsay Hetherington 

Delivery: blended learning / or distance learning

Duration: three years part-time 

Students with good scientific knowledge and related skills such as problem-solving, are not only equipped to better understand the world around them but also to excel in the jobs market. So why is it so difficult to get some students engaged? This specialism will help you develop strategies to get learners excited by science, and to improve your teaching techniques to get better results in the classroom.

The syllabus may include:

  • Diversity – explaining how factors such as gender, ethnicity, disability, culture and social background influence students’ interest in science. Designing lessons which account for diversity and get everyone engaged
  • Student involvement – giving students a voice in the way they are taught to get them interested and motivated to learn about science
  • Overcoming challenges – applying current learning theories to overcome particular challenges in teaching science - such as practical work, numeracy and literacy - to help learners achieve
  • Subject knowledge – expanding your knowledge of science teaching including the latest innovations and best practice
  • Lesson planning – learn how to plan and sequence your science lessons to achieve maximum impact

Students wishing to follow a specialism may have it named on your degree certificate, highlighting the specialist knowledge and experience you have in this field.

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

To qualify with the degree title MA Education: Science, you will need to take a minimum of 60 credits in the specialist area, usually chosen from the taught modules below, and write a dissertation on a topic relating to this specialism.

Compulsory modules

Taught modules

EFPM323 Science Education for Diversity 30 Distance learning or blended learning
EFPM322 Planning for Understanding in Science 30 Distance learning or blended learning

Other modules

A further 60 credits can be chosen from our full range of modules.

Prior learning and experience

If you are registering for the MA Education, you may be able to accredit a maximum of 90 credits as a result of the learning you have achieved through your certificated qualifications and/or experience. Find out more.

Flexible design

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

Delivery: blended-learning/ or distance learning

Duration: one year full-time / two to five years part-time

You can choose to be taught either through a combination of face-to-face teaching and tutoring, supported by online activities and resources, or entirely via distance learning.

Assessment methods vary depending on the modules you choose and may include written assignments, project work, group discussion, posters, case studies and presentations.

Facilities and support

Our blended learning modules include seminars and workshops held at St Luke’s Campus, which offers you an excellent range of specialist facilities including the UK’s largest Education library. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and/or webinar or face-to-face tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Research-led teaching

The specialism is aligned with the Science, Maths and Technology Research Centre which brings together academic staff, practitioners research students with interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As well as contributing to the day to day work of specific funded research projects, the centre explores more fundamental issues such as the nature of science, its role in key areas of decision making in society and the implications of these issues for formal and non-formal science education.

In addition to the meeting the entry requirements for the MA Education, you will normally need to be a practising teacher of science in a primary, secondary or further education context, to undertake this specialism.