Why study this course

The opportunity to study optional modules to follow your own interests in education.

Modules focused on current educational issues and debates.

Modules to develop your leadership skills in education

The opportunity to undertake research into your educational passion.

Course summary

The MA Education is an exciting two-year part-time face-to-face programme, that is aimed at those working or volunteering within a school or other educational setting in England. The MA Education course will allow you to follow your own educational interests and passions.

By completing the MA Education at BGU, you will develop your expertise in your chosen field, enhancing your practice and giving you the opportunity to think deeply about educational issues that matter to you the most in your professional context.

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Key facts




2 years

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Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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Course details

About this course

The programme is designed around three core and two optional modules. In your first year of study, a core module will allow you to explore key issues within a wider educational context and two optional modules will allow you to develop your own expertise and leadership in your chosen specialism. In the second year of study, you will undertake a core module about educational research and then complete a research project focused on an area of education of your own choice.

On completion of the MA Education at BGU, you will have developed your critical understanding of education, deepened your knowledge of your chosen specialism and enhanced your practice and career prospects in the workplace.

If you have any questions about the MA Education please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Steve McNichol, via email at steven.mcnichol@bishopg.ac.uk.

To help support you, students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan, which will help with the cost of course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course. Click here for more information.

A 20% discount is available for those with a 1st or 2:1 degree classification, and 30% discount is available for BGU alumni.

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a good first degree (or equivalent).

For International students, English language requirements are IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each component.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

The MA Education is an in-person face-to-face taught programme, where you will attend taught sessions on campus for two Saturdays per module. Between the taught days, you will be provided with resources to undertake further independent study.


We aim to make assessment an integral part of your learning. Assignments are designed to support your educational practice and the area of focus is negotiated with your tutor. During the programme, you will undertake three written assignments and two pre recorded practical presentations, which you will submit online. There are no exams.

Careers & Further study

Many graduates of this course have found their career progression enhanced as a direct or indirect result of following this course. More significantly, they have been directly in involved in research education and developed these skills professionally in an educational context. Through the building of systematic enquiry skills and incisive critical engagement with educational issues, graduates of the MA in Education have demonstrated that they have enhanced their practice and made a direct impact on their settings as learning communities.

Completing the MA Education can open the door to study for a PhD or professional doctorate such as the EdD, both of which can be studied here at BGU. Some graduates move onto teaching positions in higher education or to leadership positions within an educational organisation.

What Our Students Say

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Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of a virtual University community. You will know every member of the team and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and we will recognise you, not just by name, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

You will be able to access academic support online through the library and our Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), as well as benefitting from online support through our student union, student advice and chaplaincy teams.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

For all applicants, there are full instructions here to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.