Bath Spa University

Education Studies

- Analyses politics and policies in education.

- Allows you to study educational topics in depth.

- Has a strong international perspective.

Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context.

This course is for both prospective teachers and non-teachers, who are looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then this course would be ideally suited to you (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense.

Many of our graduates seek new career paths to educational management, training or in related fields. Some wish to continue their expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in, say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further - to PhD level - and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an Honours degree from a recognised higher education institution in the UK, although applicants are often accepted with appropriate experience that is considered sufficient and comparable, or an equivalent degree from overseas. The content and subject matter of a student's 1st degree is open. In some circumstances, professional work in education (eg PGCE) or a related field can be assessed as appropriate credit for 'prior learning' (APL) and a reduction in the number of credits required to pass the programme can be negotiated. For overseas applicants who are non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

Course modules

You'll gain a deep insight into education through discussing topics and questions such as the nature of learning; teaching in different countries and cultures; education and the economy; how marketing affects education; how education systems are managed; responsibility in curriculum and teaching; government control in education; and many more.

Assessment methods

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay and occasionally assessment is by verbal presentation. The dissertation focuses on an area mutually agreed with a specialist tutor who also offers guidance and support in the writing of the dissertation. To achieve the award students need 180 credits in total.


Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 1 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 2 2 Years

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