Education Studies MA
MA Education Studies
Whether you're an education professional or someone with an interest in the field, this MA Education Studies degree course will give you the skills to critically reflect on contemporary national and global educational issues – from childhood, educational psychology, and educational research, to schools, colleges and universities and continuing professional development.
You'll learn to handle complex issues at an advanced level and if you're already in a professional role, you'll develop the skills needed to lead in education policy and pedagogy, enhancing your career prospects.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Examine 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
- Carry out a research project related to your employment
Work experience and career planning
Once you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find a job that puts your skills to use.
You can continue to use this service for up to 5 years after you leave the University, so we'll be on hand to support you as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, your understanding of both the theory and practical application of current knowledge in the field of education will place you in a strong position to advance your career.
Career opportunities include:
- University lecturer
- School mentor
- Senior educational leader/manager
- Academic study
- 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.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £7,000
- Part time: £3,750 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Full time: £13,900
- Part time: £6,950 (may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
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
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Action Research Project
- Leadership, Policy and Strategy – the Management of Education
- Working with Children and Young People in the Digital World
Changes to course content
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- work-related assignments
- dissertation or report
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.