|Duration||3 years part-time by blended learning|
- Our part-time programme is delivered through intensive teaching periods (partially online and partially face-to-face on campus) to meet the needs of busy educational professionals
- Our Education Studies module will provide you with a thorough grounding in education research, theory and practice
- All modules are assessed through coursework and some modules involve studio and classroom work, fieldtrips, and school visits
- Our cultural programme gives you opportunities to network and learn new skills by attending workshops with performing arts companies as well as craft-focused arts workshops and even a pop-up choir!
- The flexibility of the programme means it’s ideal for students wishing to progress their careers from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds
6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.
Top 150 in the world for Education
QS World University Rankings 2020.
Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK
Flexible programme designed to meet the needs of busy professionals
For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.
We welcome applications from students who hold qualifications and degrees that are not in education. These may include degrees and qualifications undertaken in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business studies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case by case basis. We would encourage applicants to use their personal statement to indicate their interests in education and any relevant work experience.
Some modules require Disclosure & Barring Service checks.
Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have previously studied Higher Education (HE) courses or worked at professional level before embarking on a Masters programme, we recognise that you bring with you some very important skills and knowledge. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process is a way of formally acknowledging this fact, and instead of unnecessarily repeating work, we may grant you exemptions from your programme.
This programme has been designed for individuals from varied educational backgrounds and establishments, and from related professions such as health care and law, who want to develop their understanding of the theory, research, practices and policy of education in their professional context. We will support you to develop your knowledge and understanding, prepare you for further research and provide a firm foundation for developing your career in Education and associated disciplines.
Core modules will encourage you to take a critical and questioning approach to big issues in education and introduce you to key research, policies and theories relating to these issues.
Our range of optional modules allow you to focus on an area of particular interest such as the learning and teaching of reading or writing, the role of creativity in education or the future implications of digital technology for education.
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 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.
- £2,600 per 60 credit module
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
Teaching and Learning
We use a blend of online and partially face-to-face methods through intensive teaching periods. 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. All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and presentations.
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.
You will join a vibrant postgraduate community at the Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.
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 department runs a programme of cultural activities which help us build a strong student community in the GSE, such as:
- Our Masters students being hosted and mentored by our PhD students during induction week
- Arranged social activities (this year we went on a trip to Killerton, a historic site owned by the National Trust)
- Community celebration where each year a student group will host a celebration event for others in the department
- Film viewing and discussion events; theatre trips, with the possibility to meet the producer/actors; a monthly craftivism group; a dance performance and workshop and a music performance and workshop
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.
Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.
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 listed below are independent and do not correspond.
- Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama)
- Special Needs Teacher
- Head of Department
- Arts Manager
- Educational Therapist
- Education Officer
- Dyslexia Assessor
- Education Consultant
- Dean, Faculty of Arts
- Devon Education Authority
- Jersey States Education Department
- Plymouth City Council
- FEA Training and Development Centre
- Camden LEA
- Exeter College
- Hong Kong SAR Government
- Danish National School of Contemporary Dance
- Ministry of Education, Cyprus
- Saltash Community School
- University of Reading
Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.
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