|Duration||1 year full time|
- You’ll study a range of topics such as critical perspectives on inclusion and disability, creativity in education and education policy
- We’ll encourage you to reflect critically on your own practice and investigate educational issues that interest you
- Our Education Studies module will provide you with a thorough grounding in education research, theory and practice
- You will have the option to choose a module which includes an experiential placement
- 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!
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
Optional experiential placement
We usually require a minimum 2:1 Honours degree 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 teaching experience, we would welcome your application
Please note, that for the optional module Special Educational Needs: Teaching and Learning and, in some circumstances, research projects as part of a dissertation, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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.
Our MA in Special Educational Needs (SEN) enables students to develop an excellent understanding of special educational needs and disability 'policy practice and provision' in the UK. At the same time, students are given opportunities to consider key concepts pertaining to special educational needs and inclusive education in international and country specific contexts. Students can often focus on an area of choice, such as deaf education, dyslexia, inclusion. The dissertation in particular enables students to focus in-depth and research, usually through gathering and analysis of empirical data, an area of their own interest.
There is the option to choose a module which includes an experiential placement. This will allow you to gain hands-on experience in schools in England; this module strongly supports you in connecting theory and practice. We also host a number of visiting speakers, including people who work with children with SEN in schools or other educational settings.
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.
You are strongly encouraged to consider taking the Education Placement module (EFPM909) as your optional module, thereby gaining skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course. Please note that this module has a limited number of places and these will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis during module selection – early application for this programme is therefore advised for students interested in taking this module. Please see Work Placement for more information.
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.
UK fees per year:
£7,800 full-time; £3,900 part-time
International fees per year:
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 for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
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 – visit our EdD pages for more information about undertaking a Professional Doctorate.
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.
You are strongly encouraged to consider taking the Education Placement module (EFPM909) as your optional module, thereby gaining skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course.
Please note that this module has a limited number of places and these will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis during module selection. We therefore recommend that if you are interested in this module, you should:
- apply early for this course
- if you are offered a place, accept it as soon as you can
- provide the information to meet your offer conditions as soon as possible
This will enable you to make your module selection as early as possible. Once the module cap is reached, any remaining students will be able to choose from our wide range of other modules but these will not include a work placement.
Education Placement module (EFPM909)
If you undertake this module you will work with the University placement team to secure a placement of 5 days or 30 hours (or equivalent) in an education setting that relates to your interests. On your placement you will shadow and learn from experienced practitioners. If possible, and if you are ready, you may also be able to undertake a teaching assistant role as part of your placement.
The location will depend on your interests and preferred age group. It may be in:
- a school (mainstream or special)
- an early years setting
- an FE college
– you will be encouraged to consider the variety of potential possibilties. While tutors cannot guarantee to place students in their exact site of choice, they will do their best to help you find a placement as close to your educational interests as possible. Placements tend to take place in locations accessible by public transport in Exeter and the surrounding area.
The placement will be for a minimum of five working days. The working pattern must be arranged by you (with support of the placment officer) in agreement with the placement site. It may be arranged as:
- a single week when there are no taught sessions at the University (perhaps reading week, or in the break between the spring and summer term)
- one day a week for five weeks
- half a day a week for ten weeks
- another equivalent pattern that works for your particular placement
After your placement
In the past, students have sometimes continued to volunteer at their site after their placement has completed, strengthening their CV in terms of experience. Additionally some students, who possess the appropriate right-to-work documents, have secured employment at their site – a number of students have found jobs as teaching assistants at the primary schools where they did their placements, for example.
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