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Manchester Metropolitan University

Bilingualism, Education and Society

This award provides an opportunity for practitioners in a range of educational and social settings to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level, and in relation to complex and changing practice environments. In a context of significant shifts in education, health and welfare services, professional enquiry is based on the idea that questions about direction and purpose 'come with the territory' of practice. Developing knowledge and understanding, using judgement in reflective, responsive and responsible ways, and an orientation to values of social justice, are all part of being an engaged and active(ist) professional at a time of great change and as we all, in different ways, think about how best we might proceed.

MA Bilingualism, Education and Society challenges students to think deeply about their own professional contexts and settings, their place and role within this, and the possibilities for development, change, and generating practice knowledge and innovations.

We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors and who are interested in how bilingualism and multilingualism relate to their professional context.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Features and Benefits

- Masters level continuing professional development tailored for your own context, priorities and interests, drawing on multi/interdisciplinary perspectives
- A multi-professional student group for the cross-fertilisation of ideas, collaborative approaches and working with difference
- Places enquiry and purpose at the heart of professional practice
- Flexible award structure and three starting points (October, February, June)
- Participation in a large, dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community
- Course design and delivery to fit with busy work, and other, commitments
- Possibility of accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL)

Entry requirements

MA: You should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if they demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard. You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).

Course modules

Modules to include: Year 1: Mapping the territory: critical concepts and issues 'bilingualism in society'; specialist supported project: 'investigating bilingual development'; shaping the future: ' changing practice in bilingual education'; research and practice; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.
For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5,000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time £ 6,300 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 6 Years
MA Part-time £ 13,050 (Whole course) International 2 6 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 2 2 Years

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