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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA MA Education (Part-Time, Online, 2-year)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA MA Education (Part-Time, Online, 2-year) Programme codePNA2EDUEDU01
Study mode(s)Distance Learning
Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The Masters of Arts Education (MA Ed) online at the University of Exeter gives you the opportunity to further your studies in education and emerge with either a generalist MA Ed degree or an award in one of three specialist pathways:­

  • Educational Leadership
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Language and Literacy 

This fully online MA Education (Master of Arts Education) is an innovative programme designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in a wide variety of educational contexts.  It offers a rich curriculum examining theory, research, policy and practice in the field of education globally, and provides a unique student experience, exploring education from a holistic perspective. Throughout the modules, students will be asked to reflect on and make links between the taught content and their own professional context/practice. 

This part-time programme is ideally suited to students from a breadth of subject, professional and career backgrounds including: teachers; educators; lecturers; administrators; education advisors; education officers; education specialists working in NGOs; trainers; youth workers; mentors; and those involved or interested in leadership and management in education. It is also appropriate for students with limited prior experience but a keen interest in education and educational issues who are seeking employment/promotion in a wide range of educational settings.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To support your development as autonomous learners and/or professionals;
2. To provide the knowledge, understanding and skills for you to analyse educational policy, theory and practice and research;
3. To provide you with the procedural knowledge to develop conceptual understanding and analyse data;
4. To provide the organisational and transferable skills central to professional autonomy;
5. To support your ability to define and evaluate complex educational issues drawing on international perspectives;
6. To equip you with the methodological knowledge needed to select appropriate methods to conduct research;
7. To provide you with knowledge and skills needed to integrate theory and practice.

4. Programme Structure

Your MA Ed programme is a 2 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 2 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. 

The MA Ed online programme consists of two core (compulsory) 30 credit modules; a suite of optional 30 credit modules; and a final core (compulsory) 60 credit module.  Students will need to gain 180 credits in order to be awarded with an MA Education. All students will have the opportunity to receive a specialist award (should they wish) providing they complete two 30 credit optional modules in their selected pathway and ensure that the focus of their dissertation is pathway-specific in the final core module.

All students will be required to complete Core 1 and Core 2 modules prior to selecting any two modules from any of the three pathways. Two modules will be offered for each pathway but you can also select to take modules from two different pathways and would be awarded a MA Education without a specialism. In addition, all students will be required to complete the final Core 3 module. 

Core module 1

Understanding education: Global perspectives

Core module 2

Understanding learning: Global perspectives

Educational Leadership pathway module 1

Education Leadership

Educational Leadership pathway module 2

Leading and Managing Education Change

Special Educational Needs pathway module 1

SEN: Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Special Educational Needs pathway module 2

Critical International Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education

Language and Literacy pathway module 1

Writing Matters

Language and Literacy pathway module 2

Reading Rights

Core module 3

Introduction to Educational Enquiry

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The MA Ed online programme consists of two core (compulsory) 30 credit modules; a suite of optional 30 credit modules; and a final third core (compulsory) 60 credit module.  Students will need to gain 180 credits in order to be awarded with an MA Education.
 
You will be required to complete Core 1 (Understanding education: Global perspectives) and Core 2 (Understanding learning: Global perspectives) modules prior to selecting any two modules from any of the three pathways. Two modules will be offered for each pathway. In addition, you will be required to complete Core 3 (Introduction to educational enquiry) module, which is a 60 credit module studied across two terms (24 weeks).
 
You may select any combination of optional modules up to the maximum of 60 credits. In order to receive the MA award with a specialist programme title (e.g. MA Education: SEN ), you must complete both of the optional modules in that specialist pathway in order to gain 60 credits in that pathway and ensure that the focus of your dissertation is pathway specific in your final core module in order to gain an additional 60 credits in that pathway. If you complete the programme with fewer than the minimum of 120 credits in a single specialist pathway, you will be eligible for the award of MA Education (with no named specialism).

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

Students will complete both of the first two core modules. One of these modules will be available in any given term. Please contact the Faculty for further information regarding availability.

Please note: module codes for this programme all bear the suffix Z1, Z3 or Z5 to reflect Autumn, Spring or Summer occurrences. For simplicity, only the Z1 codes are shown within this description but content is the same for all occurrences.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM003Z1 Understanding Education: Global Perspectives 30Yes
EFPM004Z1 Understanding Learning: Global Perspectives 30Yes

Optional Modules

Students will also compete one module from a list of options available. One module for each of the specialist pathways will be available in any given term. Please contact the Faculty for further information regarding availability.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM007Z1 Education Leadership 30No
EFPM008Z1 Leading and Managing Education Change 30No
EFPM009Z1 Reading Rights 30No
EFPM010Z1 Critical International Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education 30No
EFPM011Z1 Special Educational Needs: Learning, Teaching and Assessment 30No
EFPM012Z1 Writing Matters 30No

Stage 2


60 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM013Z1 Introduction to Educational Enquiry 60No

Optional Modules

Students will complete one module from a list of options available. One module for each of the specialist pathways will be available in any given term. Please contact the Faculty for further information regarding availability. You will first take your optional module, followed by EFPM013Z1.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM007Z1 Education Leadership 30No
EFPM008Z1 Leading and Managing Education Change 30No
EFPM009Z1 Reading Rights 30No
EFPM010Z1 Critical International Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education 30No
EFPM011Z1 Special Educational Needs: Learning, Teaching and Assessment 30No
EFPM012Z1 Writing Matters 30No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Identify and evaluate educational concepts related to your specific field of study, context and professional practice.
2. Critically examine and explore key issues in educational theory, research, policy and practice related to your specific field of study, context and professional practice.
3. Design and conduct a rigorous ethical enquiry into a relevant and approved area of study within your particular field of education.

Online seminars, lectures, resources and tasks

Module Guides

Recommended reading

Formative assignments (e.g. critical review literature, research plan, presentation, contribution to online discussion forum, concept map).

Summative assessment through assignments (e.g. written, presentations, portfolios, and dissertation).

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Analyse the relationships between policy, theory, research and practice in a range of educational contexts
5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of, and engage in, critical debate about current educational issues, drawing on evidence from theory, research, policy and practice.

Online seminars, lectures, resources and tasks

Module Guides

Recommended reading

Formative assignments (e.g. critical review literature, research plan, presentation, contribution to online discussion forum, concept map).

Summative assessment through assignments (e.g. written, presentations, portfolios, and dissertation).

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Deploy a range of personal and professional skills relevant to the workplace.
7. Identify and justify solutions to educational problems relevant to your area of study, context and professional practice.
8. Show clarity and coherence in structure, writing style, presentation of evidence and argument and ensure your work effectively communicates the intended meaning.
9. Employ a range of academic skills appropriate for progression to doctoral study.

Online seminars, lectures, resources and tasks

Module Guides

Recommended reading

Formative assignments (e.g. critical review literature, research plan, presentation, contribution to online discussion forum, concept map).

Summative assessment through assignments (e.g. written, presentations, portfolios, and dissertation).

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

MA MA Education (Part-Time, Online, 2-year)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

21/07/2017

Date of last revision

01/03/2021