Key Facts

Course Title: Education
Course type: MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Full Time or Part Time
Contact Details:Angela Shelley (Programme Administrator)
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Education


Are you interested in the field of education?    

Our MA in Education is aimed at educational practitioners, and is available on either a full-time or part-time basis, which allows you the opportunity to study flexibly around current work commitments without the need to give up your job.  Our programme has been designed to allow you to tailor your study route around your own areas of interest, your professional needs and career aspirations.  

The MA will enable you to critically examine pressing educational issues in local, national and international contexts. The programme is research-led and theoretically rich, while providing opportunities for you to reflect upon, and examine your own social and professional contexts.

Our MA in Education takes a broad-based approach, considering subjects such as Issues in Inclusive Education to Global Educational Issues.

Applicants who already hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), or equilvalent qualification may be considered for Accreditation of Prior Learning (see APL tab for further details).

Aims of the Course

The aims of the programme will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical awareness of a range of educational theories and issues that reflect your chosen specialisations;

  • Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences through higher level writing and presentation skills;

  • Critically reflect upon an array of educational practices and policies (including your own practice, where appropriate);

  • Draw upon appropriate theories, methodologies, practices and a wide range of evidence to design and undertake small-scale independent research on an educational issue of your choice.

Keele Graduate attributes

Engagement with this programme will enable you to develop your intellectual, personal and professional capabilities. At Keele, we call these our ten Graduate Attributes and they include independent thinking, synthesizing information, creative problem solving, communicating clearly, and appreciating the social, environmental and global implications of your studies and activities. Our educational programme and learning environment is designed to help you to become a well-rounded graduate who is capable of making a positive and valued contribution in a complex and rapidly changing world, whichever spheres of life you engage in after your studies are completed.

Further information about the Keele Graduate Attributes can be found here:

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from an awarding institution, or its equivalent. For applicants who fall short of this requirement, relevant work experience, or evidence of experience in the field may be considered as an alternative. Admission to the programme may be subject to an interview. 

Applicants from a country where English is not the first language are required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS. The minimum entry level is IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each subtest, or equivalent English language test scores.

Course Content

Below are the indicative modules you would study as part of your MA Education programme:

Date    Module    Credits
27th - 28th September 2018 Welcome and Induction to MA Programme  
2nd/9th & 16th October 2018  Issues in Inclusive Education (EDU-40118)  15 
 6th/13th & 20th November 2018 Leading Groups & Teams (EDU-40042)  15
 4th/6th & 11th December 2018 Global Education Issues (EDU-40100) 15 
8th/10th/15th/17th/22nd & 24th Jan 2019  Research Methods (EDU-40123) 30 
 5th/7th/12th February 2019 Managing Change & Conflict (EDU-40045) 15 
 5th/12th & 19th March 2019 Creative Practice (EDU-40101) 15
 7th/14th & 21st May 2019 Global Citizenship Education (EDU-40120) 15
  June 2019 onwards  Dissertation (EDU-40027) 60 
 all above teaching dates are scheduled to run from 2.30pm - 5.30pm.


Mode of study

Each module is structured around taught input that is delivered via a range of means, depending on the module. The taught sessions will be delivered via a mixture of large and small group activities, individual tasks, and workshop sessions. Research training is also undertaken, in preparation for your dissertation, and will be supported by a personal dissertation supervisor.  Towards the end of your studies, you will be required to submit a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.   This will be the result of original research carried out during your MA studies, under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Teaching and Assessment


The MA will be taught and assessed by Keele University staff, who are considered to be highly qualified, experienced and respected academics, working at the forefront of their fields. We believe the breadth and depth of this expertise will bring a unique inter-disciplinary flavour to the programme, and will enable us to offer you excellent support and supervision.

Taught elements of the programme will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, small group tasks. Online support materials will also be available and comprise both text based resources, and a range of electronic resources.  All sessions and activities are seen as a key part of the programme, and this should allow you to fully immerse yourself in your studies (as appropriate to full or part-time study).  

Furthermore, as a postgraduate student, you are able to attend the School’s annual research seminar series, which will enable you to become involved in the School's research culture. You may also have the opportunity to engage directly with policy and the wider social world, through appropriate public engagement and social media initiatives. 


Assessment will be based on written work in the form of module assignments, blog posts, case studies, policy analyses/policy briefs, research proposals, followed by an end of course 15,000-word dissertation.  

Additional Costs

  • Additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.

  • Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs are to be covered by the student.


Accrediatation of Prior Learning

Where appropriate, an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route is also available subject to a successful APL application.  This will include, but not be limited to, those who have satisfactorily completed a PGCE (60 credits) at PG level.

Up to 60 Level 7 credits can be accredited through the University’s APL procedure against the MA Education modules, with the exception of the Research Methods and Dissertation modules.

The University’s APL procedure is found at: