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Education MA

Learn about the course below
September 2024
1 year full-time
3 years part-time
September 2024: £9,800 (UK)*
£12,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Ronald Sergejev

What constitutes good education and how can it be delivered most effectively? This flexible course with allocated tutors possessing extensive experience in educational settings, explores how education defines and contributes to the world around us.. In understanding that education is much more than simply teaching and learning, you will begin to question many of the assumptions that lie beneath both policy and practice.

Why study MA Education at Middlesex University?

The core focus of this innovative MA is exceptional education. This course meets the needs of those who wish to further their knowledge of the theory and processes of education. The course may be undertaken on an individual or collective basis, with groups of teachers and education professionals both eligible to enrol.

Structured so that assignments can be built into your working practice, the course will maximise the effectiveness of your teaching, leadership and management. We encourage participants to evaluate existing practices, develop new approaches and become immersed in action enquiry based research.

Middlesex's extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of outstanding tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching. As research-leaders, our academics are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.

Middlesex university undergraduate alumni can benefit from a 20% discount to start their Education MA in January.

Course highlights

  • Our education department is at the cutting edge of teaching and learning practice in the UK
  • Thought-leaders in their field, our tutors are able to contribute the very latest research findings to the course
  • For those registering in groups, the course pathway is developed by the University in partnership with schools or other agencies, who may offer module delivery at a convenient location
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning and Accreditation of Prior Experiential learning  is available in all but the dissertation module, allowing you to gain credit for prior study and experience therefore shorten your overall study period. Accreditation of Experiential learning will be through the production of a portfolio of evidence mapped against the learning objectives of the module that you wish to have accredited. There will be an extra fee for assessment of this portfolio.
  • Get free access to the resources, learning materials and software.

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What you will study on the MA Education?

This is a 180 point Masters programme made up of various choice modules worth 30 and 60 points. For those who do not wish to complete a full masters, the following applies:

Postgraduate Certificate 60 points gained

Postgraduate Diploma 120 points gained

We understand that our students work in very busy environments, therefore we look to provide support wherever possible. Our principle aim is to tailor assignments to your institutional and personal needs, then use practitioner action enquiry and reflective practice as a learning model. All students will be enrolled on the MA course but may opt out at the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma stage.


The course title can be negotiated with the Programme Leader within the agreed pathways - that is, the student may wish to choose what appears in brackets beside the award title 'MA Education' on their academic transcript. The Dissertation must reflect the requested title.

For students undertaking the course as an individual student, (not part of a group), you must choose from a number of 30 and 60 point modules that include the following:

· Leadership and Management  (30 points)

· Developing effective leadership and management (60 points)

· Teaching and Learning (30 points)

· Developing effective teaching and learning (60 points)

· Professional Practice in Education (30 points)

· Developing Professional Practice (60 points)

· Research Dissertation (30 points)

· Dissertation (60 points)

· Contemporary issues in Education (30 points)

· Research methodology in Education (30 points)

School-led modules are led by schools and focus upon their priorities. These will take place at the school. It may be possible to have other teachers from other schools join the group as a hub for the delivery of the programme

  • Core Modules

    • Developing Effective Leadership and Management (60 points)

      Leadership and Management (30 points)

      The module is suitable for teachers and those working in educational organisations that have a formal or informal leadership role. You'll develop effective leadership and management, and apply the leadership and management strategies you learn to an improvement project.

    • Developing Effective Teaching and Learning (60 points)

      Teaching and Learning (30 points)

      These modules look at student learning and ways to improve classroom practice. There are regular portfolio tasks plus an action enquiry task. The module is delivered via blended learning via web resources and materials and learning conversations. You will explore the pedagogy, systems and structures of learning in the classroom, and investigate current research into learning in order to improve practice. You'll reflect on your own practice and develop innovative approaches to learning.

    • Developing Professional Practice in Education (60 points)

      Professional Practice in Education (30 points)

      This module is suitable for anyone in education interested in developing practice. It provides high quality support, recognition and acknowledgement for teachers for you in your professional development and encourages you as a reflective practitioner and skilled self-managed learner.

    • Contemporary issues in Education (30 points)

      This module aims to identify critical issues that drive education policy and practice. The module aims to develop an understanding of contemporary education practice and critically evaluate specific aspects whilst fostering an evidence-based understanding of how societal and economic factors shape the core issues facing education

      A total of 60 points must be chosen from the following final compulsory options:

    • Research Dissertation (30 points)

      The Research Dissertation is the culmination of a student’s work on the MA Education Programme. You will appraise their knowledge and critically develop independent research skills to demonstrate mastery of a complex and specialised area in education. This research project is an individual undertaking and the final responsibility to display your ability to propose, design, conduct, analyse, interpret, and evaluate an ethically sound practitioner research study that has the potential to improve professional practice in education.

    • Research methodology in Education (30 points)

      This module will provide a critical overview of research methods and approaches used for researching various aspects of modern education. You will be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of various methodologies and different methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation in a range of education contexts. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore philosophical, ethical, and methodological differences, which underpin various approaches of knowledge generation that can inform educational research. Advanced data analysis techniques will be explored for qualitative and quantitative methods, to enable you to add depth to your research proposal to help prepare you to undertake your final project. This module a good preparation for the independent dissertation research project.

    • Dissertation (60 points)

      The Dissertation is the culmination of your work on the MA Education Programme. Having previously completed 120 credits at Masters (M) level the you will appraise your knowledge and critically develop your independent research skills to demonstrate mastery of a complex and specialised area in education. This dissertation allows you to conduct an in-depth research project which displays your ability to propose, design, conduct, analyse, interpret, and evaluate an ethically sound practitioner research study that has the potential to improve professional practice in education.

  • PGDip and MA Students additionally take

    • Action Enquiry for Improvement

      You will choose an additional module from above or this one.

      The main aim of this module is to help you enhance your research competencies and encourage you to critically explore areas of interest in your practice prior to starting your dissertation module for the MA. You will not be required to carry out a full research project but you will be required to explore why particular research methodologies and methods would be appropriate to investigating a particular issue or finding the answer to a specific question. The module will also increase your awareness of the kinds of practical research and development issues you may encounter in your professional work e.g. school settings, universities.

      This is the step off point for the Postgraduate Diploma.

  • MA Students additionally complete

    • Dissertation (60 Credits)

      The Dissertation is the culmination of the students work on the MA Programme. Supported by their tutors it is an individual undertaking and the final responsibility to display their ability to plan and conduct an ethical research displaying mastery of complex and specialised area of knowledge.

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we have learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2024/25 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & International
  2. Additional costs
  3. Scholarships and bursaries

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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