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MA Education with Placement Year

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

On this exciting two-year course, you'll have a unique opportunity to study the latest educational research and gain professional work experience within an educational organisation or setting through a work placement.  

MA Education has Placement Year, a one-year course option and Advanced Research pathway. 

The work placement takes place in the second year of the course and is normally unpaid. During this year, you will be supported by our Placement Team to identify and apply for year-long placement opportunities that reflect the skills and knowledge you have gained. You will have access to contacts through our extensive network of partnership schools and local educational organisations however placement cannot be guaranteed.

Students on the MA Education (with Placement Year) who are unable to secure an appropriate work placement can transfer on to the Advanced Research pathway in the second year. We also have a one-year course available. 

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 
  • Work experience or placement and networking opportunities in Hertfordshire and London thanks to the University’s excellent location. 
  • An exceptional student learning experience - we are proud to have ranked 10th for education in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023). 
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Early Childhood Education Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
    Work Placement 60 Credits Compulsory
    Pedagogy and Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preparing for Success in your Studies 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership in Education 30 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Educational Research 30 Credits Compulsory
  • 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 (Sandwich) 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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