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Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time, Full-time by distance learning
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 1 year full-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2021

Overview

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 the changing purpose of education and educational psychology to the ways in which policy and practice influence the lives of students. 

You'll focus on all levels of education, including schools, colleges, 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.

Entry requirements​

MA Education Studies Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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
  • Approach education from a variety of perspectives, such as psychology, sociology and pedagogy
  • Carry out a research project related to your employment

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.

What jobs can you do with an Education Studies degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • Teacher
  • University lecturer
  • School mentor
  • Senior educational leader/manager
  • Academic study

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.

What you'll study on this MA Education Studies degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Modules

Core modules
  • Approaches to Education Studies
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Educational Studies
  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods in Education
Optional modules
  • Contemporary Issues in Special Education Needs and Disability
  • Education in a Global Context
  • Leadership, Policy and Strategy: The Management of Educational Change
Subject pathways
  • Childhood Studies: The Child's Voice in the 21st century
  • Educational Psychology
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Pedagogy and Practice

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • reports
  • dissertation or report

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

Full-time

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,950
  • EU students – £7,950 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £15,500

Full-time (distance learning)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man/EU/International students – £7,750

Part-time

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,980 a year
  • EU students – £3,980 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £7,750 a year 

 All fees subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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. 

Additional costs

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.

Apply

Start your application by following the link below:

Starting in September 2021

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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