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MA Language and Literacy in Education - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 3 years part-time by blended learning
Entry year 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Education and Teacher Training
Contact

Programme Director Dr Ruth Newman
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Phone:
+44 (0)1392 723192

Typical offer

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Normally a 2:1 Honours degree – other qualifications and experience may be accepted

Contextual offers

Overview

  • This MA explores the fundamental role of language and literacy in education: for learning in every subject, for democratic empowerment, and for understanding self and world.
  • In the core module, Reading the World, you will explore how readers make sense of written text, and how learners can be supported to read with high-levels of comprehension.
  • In the core module, Writing the Future, you will explore the cognitive processes involved in writing, as well as the social influences which shape what and how we write.
  • A distinctive feature of the programme is that each of the core modules also focuses on your own personal development, looking at children’s literature and reading for pleasure, and engaging you in undertaking your own creative writing.
  • The course involves critical enquiry which will improve the outcomes of learners in reading and writing in your school, or other settings.
  • Using a flexible, blended approach to learning (combining online and face-to-face teaching), the MA is designed specifically for busy professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise.
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Contact

Programme Director: Dr Ruth Newman

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

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Study part-time by blended learning

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area such as social sciences, humanities or education. 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 and Barring Service checks.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The MA in Language and Literacy Education is designed to develop your understanding of the theoretical foundations of teaching reading and writing, and the pedagogical implications of this.  It focuses principally on language and literacy education in the compulsory school phases, but would nonetheless have relevance to post-compulsory educators, and to educators engaged in language and literacy education in non-school settings.

The core modules of the programme address reading and writing, and engage you in critical enquiry in your school, or other settings, with an emphasis on improving the outcomes of learners in reading and writing.  At the same time, however, a distinctive feature of the programme is that each of the core modules also focuses on your own personal development, looking at children’s literature and reading for pleasure, and engaging you in undertaking your own creative writing.

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. For the MA Language and Literacy, a maximum of 60 credits can be gained through the APCL process or through a combination of APCL and APEL.

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.

Fees

2022/23 entry

UK fees

£3,000 per 60 credits

Scholarships

We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Careers

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.

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 listed below are independent and do not correspond.

Job Titles

  • Teacher
  • Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama)
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Head of Department
  • Arts Manager
  • Educational Therapist
  • Education Officer
  • Dyslexia Assessor
  • Headteacher/Principal
  • Education Consultant
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Lecturer

Employers

  • Ofsted
  • 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

Career support

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

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