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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.

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.
  • an excellent student learning experience - we are proud to have ranked 10th for education in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023). 
  • Level 7
    Critical Review of the Literature & Advanced Research Methodology60 CreditsCompulsory
    Undertaking Advanced Research60 CreditsCompulsory
    Pedagogy and Practice30 CreditsCompulsory
    Preparing for Success in your Studies30 CreditsCompulsory
    Leadership in Education30 CreditsCompulsory
    Introduction to Educational Research30 CreditsCompulsory
  • Key staff

    Anthony Quinlan
    Programme Leader
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    Dr Hilary Lee
    Programme Leader
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Education with Advanced Research Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Education Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

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