Study contemporary issues in education through research and professional development
Why take this course?
The course allows you to pursue a combination of critical reflection on contemporary educational issues, educational research and opportunities for continuing professional development. Designed for those with an interest in the general field of education, and for educational professionals from recent graduates to those in established careers, the course has a broad-based structure that allows for a range of progression opportunities.
What will I experience?
On this course you will:
- Examine a range of current contemporary issues and perspectives in education at a local, national and global level
- Study educational research methods in preparation for a dissertation or work based project
- Choose a subject specific pathway that is related to your research interests and/or your CPD needs
- Have the opportunity to conduct an action research project related to your employment
What opportunities might it lead to?
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- School mentor
- Middle manager
- Senior educational leader/manager
- University lecturer
This course will appeal to you if have graduated from a range of education, early childhood, childhood and youth studies, or teacher training degrees and want to advance and extend your knowledge in a range of education issues. Or you may already be working in the education sector and want to pursue educational research further via a specific work-based project.
Dr Joy Chalke, course leader
- 1 year full time, 2 years part time
- 2018 entry requirements
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £4,700, part time: £2,350 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600, part time: £6,300 p/a*
*Fees are subject to annual increase.
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- School of Education and Childhood Studies
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
The course has three core units, a choice of subject core option pathways and one further option. The content reflects current debates in the education sector examining key issues in the areas of childhood, educational psychology, SEND, and schools, colleges and universities at a national and global level.
Core units include:
- Contemporary Perspectives in Educational Studies
- Research Methods in Education
Subject pathways to choose from include:
- Childhood Studies: The Child’s Voice in the 21st Century
- Educational Psychology
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Pedagogy and Practice
- Action research project
- Leadership, policy and strategy -the Management of Education
- Working with Children and Young People in a Digital World
Teaching and Assessment
The course is taught via a range of teaching methods and online delivery.
There is face-to-face teaching for the core units and a mixture of online and face to face for the optional units
How are you assessed?
You will be assessed through various methods, including:
- essays/ reports,
- literature critiques
- dissertation proposal,
- extended personal study
Facilities & Features
Study in SECS
The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town, the student buildings and the sea front.
This course allows you to focus on real-world issues and problems from your current workplace as part of your accredited study, creating a valuable synergy between what you learn in the programme and your working practices. If you are not yet in a professional role, your studies on the MA will support you in making informed employment decisions.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Other costs to consider
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Careers & Opportunities
Successful graduates will have studied both the theory and the practical application of current knowledge in the education sector, and may have applied this directly in a work-based project. This will support entry to, or progression in, a career in education. Roles that graduates will be suited for include:
- School Mentor
- Middle manager
- Senior educational leader/manager
- University lecturer
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
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Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.
Postgraduate Information Days
We will confirm the dates of events related to 2018 entry soon. Visit the link below to get a reminder when booking opens.
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Fees and Funding
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