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 have secured promotions with their current employer and some venture into research, advisory, or policy-making roles.

About the course

This award is designed to enable students to focus on their own individual interests and professional priorities in any of the modules studied. This award enables experienced professionals to demonstrate the breadth of their experience and professional interests in creative and innovative ways. Less experienced professionals are supported in developing their professional interests in creative and innovative ways.

MA Education has Placement Year and Advanced Research pathways. 

Why choose this course?

This programme supports you in developing your knowledge and understanding of issues and practice through enquiry and research. The programme provides a range of module choices, you'll be encouraged to bring your own ideas and focus on your own professional interests.

Through this programme you will:

  • develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to education practice through critical reflection, analysis and enquiry
  • develop your ability to critically analyse educational theory and how it links to practice
  • become a member of a supportive learning community and learn from professionals from a range of educational settings
  • become a successful practitioner researcher.

What will I study?

Taught sessions are built around discussion, discovery, shared learning and peer review with tutor support and expertise immediately at hand. All modules are constructed to focus on individual interests and professional requirements.

  • For each 30 credit module attendance equates to 10 Twilight Sessions per module (or equivalent)
  • A significant amount of private study and reading
  • Independent research
  • An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent for 30 credit modules
  • A final 60 credit module over a year with a 12,000 word assignment
  • Full access to the University’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and virtual learning environment
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Early Childhood Education Dissertation 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 Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Education Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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