Education MA

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  • MA Education, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 8160 per year
  • MA Education, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 1360 per 30 credit module
  • MA Education, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15780 per year
  • MA Education Distance Learning

Study MA Education at the University of East London

What makes this course different?

Great student support

The responsiveness of tutors always scores highly when students are surveyed about this course. Meeting your individual needs is one of our key strengths.

A course designed for teachers

Because most students on this course are teaching, we set assignment deadlines for the end of school holidays.

Learn in your workplace

This course can be delivered at your school if a group of ten teachers or more want to take the course together.

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

The work you carry out during this course will help you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of senior leaders in schools and other organisations in the area of education.

This MA degree demonstrates that you can think and function at a higher level, which means that you are more likely to be selected and recruited for promotion.

The research skills you develop on this course are also highly sought after in the current climate.

Sometimes the career progression aided by this course can be subject-specific. For example, a recent course graduate wrote her dissertation on literacy and secured a literacy post within her school as a result.

Students on this course are all employed in local schools or other education contexts. On completion of the course they either stay in their current workplace, often in a more senior role, or apply for promotion in a different institution.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our  Career Coach portal.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The MA Education at the University of East London is not purely theoretical. All of the teaching sessions and assignments are designed to support you in developing your practice.

You will study theories of teaching and learning - how people learn, what motivates them to learn, and how to create independent learners.

Modules also cover ways to support the specific needs of individual learners, and how to plan, implement, and evaluate changes in practice.

Crucially, you will look at current thinking. Things move extremely fast in education and we regularly update modules to reflect the most up-to-date policy and research.

The content of modules applies to all teachers, rather than being key-stage or subject-specific.

Assignments are designed to allow you to personalise your learning.  So whatever the context that you work in, you will be able to apply the knowledge gained on the course.

All the modules in the course are optional, allowing you to select the ones most relevant to your future job or academic prospects.

How you'll learn

The course uses an approach to learning that involves a four-stage process: needs analysis, planning, learning and development, and continuous evaluation. This approach might relate to your own practice or be used to identify and plan changes on a whole school basis.

To support each stage of this process you will have expert input from UEL lecturers as well as engaging with key readings. You will then work with your fellow students in discussion groups to exchange ideas, perceptions, and experiences.

Tutors provide guidance and support, but we place an emphasis on reflection and collaborative learning. With the typical pace of a teacher's working life, the time and opportunity to reflect and learn in consultation with teachers from other schools is a welcome resource on this course.

All modules allow you to personalise the assessment task to focus on an area of interest or need in your own context. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to carry out a small-scale research project designed to solve an identified problem.

The high level of accessibility to your tutor is one of the things that make us different and is often commented on in module and course feedback from students.

The school-based MA Education is particularly popular with local schools.

"Schools have loved our offer of going to them rather than teachers having to travel to UEL at the end of the school day," says Course Leader Dr Margaret Etherington.

"We fit the modules around what the school needs to ensure impact. The timetable and study materials are all negotiable.

"It's all about overcoming the barriers to enable school-based students to complete their MA. And they still have the library access and all the advantages of being UEL students."

How you will be assessed

All 30-credit modules on the course are assessed by a single portfolio of 5,000 words. Tasks are designed so that you can focus on an area of interest and personalise them to your own situation.

The subject of your final 14,000-word dissertation is your choice and you will write it over two terms. It allows you to carry out a small-scale research project designed to solve a specific problem in your own context.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford