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|Course type:||MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate|
|Mode of Study:||Full Time or Part Time|
|Contact Details:||Angela Shelley (Programme Administrator)|
|Website:||Go to School homepage|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences|
- Course Aims
- Entry Requirements
- Course Content
- Teaching and Assessment
- Additional Costs
Our MA Education programme allows you to approach education as a multidimensional category, comprising professional practice, research & scholarship and policy making. The programme is taught on a full time (1 year) or part time (2 years) basis. You can choose to focus your studies on any of these dimensions, or take a more broad-based approach. As such, the MA is suitable for educational practitioners, but is equally relevant to those wishing to prepare for original research at doctoral level, and also those seeking careers in education policy and development.
The programme allows you to graduate with ONE of four named awards, depending on the modules chosen:
- MA Education
- MA Education (Developing Educational Practice)
- MA Education (International Education)
- MA Education (Leadership and Management)
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.
Applicants who already hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), or equilvalent qualification may be considered for Accrediation 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: http://www.keele.ac.uk/journey/
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.
The modules you study, and how many options you can pick, will depend upon the named award you are studying towards. Students wishing to graduate with 'MA Education' as their named award, have the greatest amount of flexibility in tailoring their degree. Any combination of modules, up to the required credit threshold can be taken to graduate with the MA Education award. See full module catalogue tab for further information.
Regardless of the named award route, all students must take, and successfully complete the following two core modules:
- Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
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.
Mode of study
Each module comprising the programme 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.
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 for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.
Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs are to be covered by the student.
The MA Education award modules:
|Optional Modules available||Core Modules|
|90 credits||30 credits||60 credits|
|Any modules from list below
Full list of optional modules available*:
|Issues in Inclusive Education||15|
|Global Citizenship Education||15|
|Reflecting on Practice||30|
|Managing Change and Conflict||15|
|Leading Groups and Teams||15|
|The Politics of Race and Education||15|
|Education, Employment and Professional Identity||15|
|Policy and Student Experience in Higher Education||15|
|Global Educational Issues||15|
|International Educational Practice||15|
|Towards a Personalized Curriculum||15|
Module descriptors to follow shortly - do contact us for further information at this stage.
*Please note that the number of optional modules offered can vary according to availability of staff. Furthermore, modules may be delivered in various attendance modes (e.g. during semester, summer school, or in intensive blocks).
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 any MA Education, MA Education (Developing Educational Practice), MA Education (International Education) and MA Education (Leadership and Management) modules, with the exception of the Research Methods and Dissertation modules.
The University’s APL procedure is found at: www.keele.ac.uk/qa/accreditationofpriorlearning/