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Education (full-time)

Whether you aspire to a new career in education or want to take your existing career to the next level, our MA Education course will give you the insight, skills and knowledge to become a high-calibre and dynamic education professional. It could be a vital stepping stone to management and leadership roles. 

We offer an exciting range of options to match your MA studies with your personal interests and ambitions. You can complete a broad-based masters degree in education or pursue one of our specialist pathways:

  • Early Years
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Primary Mathematics
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

You can also study the MA on a part-time basis. 

Our MA Education course gives you an expert understanding of the aims of education and its role in society. You will cover the key theories, policies, practices and debates which are shaping education today and how these apply directly to your current and future career.

In addition, you will undertake an in-depth research enquiry and independent study to focus on a professional practice theme of your choice. Throughout, you will hone vital skills such as critical, creative and strategic thinking, communication, presentation and teamwork. 

This course is delivered by a highly experienced team who have expertise across a range of educational sectors and regularly publish their work. They will keep you abreast of latest thinking, challenge your perceptions and support your progress.

Our MA Education draws on the cutting edge educational research for which the University is renowned. Conducting influential studies on everything from early years to adult learning, we provide consultancy for Government, schools and the wider education sector. It means your learning will be underpinned by innovative ideas which are changing the face of the education professions.

We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

You will study alongside learners from different professional and academic backgrounds. Because we welcome students from across the UK and abroad, you will also develop your cross-cultural understanding, improve your intercultural communication skills and gain global perspectives on education.

Entry requirements

You will usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will need to prove you are proficient in English – IELTS 6.0.

Course modules

Each module is worth 20 credits, apart from the Independent Study module which is worth 60 credits.

You will study modules such as:

  • Crafting your Masters Study 
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists in Practice 
  • Comparative Education
  • Independent Study (Dissertation)

If you choose to study our broad-based MA Education, you will also study two optional modules such as:

  • Developing the Skills of the Specialist Practitioner
  • Motivation, Communication and Learning
  • Educational Policy into Practice
  • Measuring and Evaluating Learning
  • Negotiated Module – Applied Focus of Study

If you choose to study an MA Education with a specialist pathway, you’ll  study two specialist modules relating to your pathway.

Early Years

  • Children’s Places
  • Children’s Workforce Development

Lifelong Learning

  • Aspects of Ability in Learning
  • Lifelong Learning: Principles and Issues

Special Educational Needs and Disability

  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Current Issues and Concerns

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • The Principles of English Language Teaching
  • Language Learning: Theory and Practice

Leadership and Management

  • Quality, Leadership and Management
  • Developing Leadership Capacity

Leadership Coaching and Mentoring

  • The Leader as Coach and Mentor
  • Principles and Practices of Coaching and Mentoring

Primary Mathematics

  • Fostering Mathematical Understanding in the Primary School Classroom
  • Learning and Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Classroom

If you aren’t studying a pathway, you can study any pathway modules within your optional module choices.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed in a range of formats, including essays, presentations and reports.

The culmination of our course is the Independent Study (Dissertation). You will research an aspect of professional practice in discussion with your tutor and document your findings.

Sponsorship information

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.


You will need to gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

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