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Manchester Metropolitan University

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Evaluate the ways we teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools. Explore misconceptions in learning, how research affects teaching, and strategies for change management. Challenge your own practice as a STEM educator.

Through our part-time masters degree, you'll explore learning and classroom practice in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

You'll focus on your practice and bring examples from where you work to sessions, and discuss your issues and thoughts with fellow students.

You'll also question your existing views on STEM education. We will challenge you to think about your role and question aspects such as: How can you develop your practice? What could you change? What possibilities are there to generate innovation?

Some of the topics you'll explore include the role of gender within STEM education, how students establish belief systems, and solving problems in a real-life context. You'll consider some of the counter-intuitive ideas that students need to confront within STEM subjects, such as air having weight or dots changing colour using a filter.

Your final assessment is typically a field-based research project, which you'll carry out in the educational setting you work in. The project involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research in a topic of your choosing.

Past research topics have included the balance between mathematics and concept development in A level physics, teacher identity in STEM, and game-based learning in science.

Entry requirements

MSc: Applicants will normally need to hold 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).
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees

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 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 6,300 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 6 Years
MSc Part-time £ 13,050 (Whole course) International 2 6 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 2 Years

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