MA Education with Advanced Research
Why choose Herts?
- Excellent reputation: Ranked 1st as best university provider for Teacher Training in the UK (NSS, 2020-21).
- Fantastic local connections: Benefit from our strong partnerships with over 300 schools and training providers across Hertfordshire, London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Cambridgeshire.
- Employment prospects: Graduates often secure promotions with their current employer and many venture into research, advisory, or policy-making roles.
Entry requirements and key information
An honours degree (2:2 or higher) in a relevant subject such as Education, SEND, Childhood Studies, Social Sciences, Coaching, Mentoring or Counselling or other related fields. Other degree qualifications will be considered depending upon relevant professional experience in an educational context such as schools and colleges. Overseas awards need to be recognised as equivalent by NARIC
English language GCSE Grade 4 (iGCSE Grade C) or above or equivalent
A short personal statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in education and any relevant experience (professional or voluntary) that might support your application
a work or academic reference.
Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must provide evidence of English language proficiency, equivalent to overall IELTS score 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 minimum in Writing and 5.5 in all other bands.
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If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-Sessional English
may help you to achieve this level.
More information about English Language qualifications is available on our International pages.
Many of our students join our Programme having already gained 'M-Level' or 'Level 7' credit from previous master’s level study – for example from a PGCE or accredited short course. Such credit in relevant subjects may be considered for accreditation through the APCL process and thereby exempt students from specific modules on our MA Programme.
Non-accredited masters level study in relevant subjects may be accredited through the APEL process. This must be completed prior to beginning study on the programme.
School of study
School of Social Science, Humanities and Education
- Full Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
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Employment prospects are enhanced through the MA Education (with Advanced Research) qualification, with graduates often securing promotions with their current employer or pursuing new opportunities.
Typical career paths include:
Senior practitioner or leader in a school or other education setting
Educational research or policy development
Advisory roles within the field of education
Teacher in range of settings
Lecturer in Higher or Further Education
Training, Human Resources
Leader of Educational organization
Special Educational Needs practitioner
Early Years Practitioner
Children’s Centre Leader
Coaching and Mentoring
About the course
The Advanced Research award offers students the opportunity to study an area of personal interest in depth to develop expertise in a chosen aspect of education. It is aimed at applicants who intend to pursue careers in senior leadership of education institutions, educational policy development, administration, and academic research. The course will also prepare students for progression into doctoral study.
Who is the course for?
Established teachers and education practitioners who want to develop expertise and theoretical understanding of the field
Newly qualified practitioners looking to upgrade their qualifications and enhance their knowledge.
Students who have had some experience in an aspect of educational practice which they would like to develop for future career development
MA Education has Placement Year, a one-year course, and Advanced Research pathways.
Why choose this course?
This two-year course provides the ideal blend of research and practice, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable work experience that will enhance your employability.
You will develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice through critical reflection, analysis and enquiry, benefiting from a supportive learning community and learning from lecturers and professionals from a range of educational settings. The course will equip you with skills in critical thinking, enquiry and research, report writing, presentation and communication as well as the application of theory to practice.
This course offers:
A rigorous, evidence-based and inclusive educational experience embedded in research and practice. We will employ interactive techniques to enable effective learning
Guest lectures from specialists across all areas of education
Opportunities to visit a range of educational settings, including special schools and alternative education provision
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Further course information
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How to apply
International/EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK
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