This course develops your knowledge and practice of human resource management and decision making in educational settings.
The programme aims to support reflection and empowerment for the professional working in the field of education.
This programme is aimed at those students who are or have worked for an organisation, such as teachers, lecturers, social and healthcare workers, police trainers, nurses and youth workers (to name but a few). If you are a student who has not yet worked or undertaken any work experience then you may prefer our MA Education Studies.
On this course you can:
The course is intended for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors in a variety of educational settings and organisations (state, private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education) who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates of the course attain senior management positions in educational organisations.
On this course, you will study a total of 60 credits from two core units:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Teaching methods include seminars, group work, lectures and student presentations. Students are encouraged to produce work related assignments, although this is not prescriptive if a student encounters difficulty in the work place or is a full time student.
All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be pleased to discuss particular issues or specific questions, and who will help each student plan an appropriate course of study and research, discuss progress of work and advise how to construct the dissertation in terms of aims, scope and presentation.
The Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the accompanying course handbook provides a general guide to the most frequent questions relating to the programme and you will be advised about how to study online and the assessment details for each unit, the marking criteria and the academic referencing conventions. At the start of each unit you will be able to access information about the unit including details of the learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment requirements and recommended reading lists.
You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow students online through an online discussion forum and other digital media.
Assessment is solely based on the submission of your written assignments.
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Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.
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.
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 and the sea front, alongside a powerful and flexible online learning environment.
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.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Distance learners may also be required to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend our optional campus induction events, workshops and study days. These may be in the region of £50 - £500. There may be travel costs for optional internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.
As a graduate of this programme, you can expect to develop your leadership and managerial career prospects, nationally or internationally, through the development of relevant skills, knowledge and experience. Many of our graduates have attained senior leadership and management positions in educational settings and organisations.
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.
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.
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