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Part-time: 18 months – 3 years

This course begins in January or September.

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Qualifications, practice and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The MA Education Studies offers learning and career development opportunities for educators and leaders across educational sectors. Masters level study is viewed by many as being essential for career progression and supports professional development in education and related fields. This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the current landscape in education and engage with wider theories and issues. Students will develop critical thinking and hone higher level skills.

The MA course has been designed to enable professionals to study alongside their busy work and home lives and provides opportunities for students to focus on areas of particular interest and relevance to their own experience, context and practice.

The course offers a distinct progression route for students with level 7 courses, for example Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP).  These students can choose to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or the full MA in Education studies. The course also provides a progression route for students without existing level 7 qualifications (e,g teachers and lecturers with PGCE qualifications at level 6, early years professionals and HE support staff). These students can choose to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or the full MA in Education studies.

The University of Suffolk works in collaboration with ITT providers across Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk and has connections across the sector providing opportunities for networking and support.

Please email Dr Clare Gartland ( or Dr Pere Ayling ( to arrange a virtual meeting with a member of the MAES team for an informal conversation about the course.

Course modules

Mandatory modules

Applying Theory in Educational Research (20 credits)

In this module you will consider a number of theories commonly used in educational research. You will build your skills in reading, interpreting and critiquing contemporary educational research and have the opportunity to explore theories applied to research within your own area of interest. The module will enable you to make a smooth transition to the mandatory Research Methods and Dissertation modules.

Principles of Educational Research (20 credits)

This module is designed to provide a fundamental grounding in a range of appropriate research methods and research skills, along with the opportunity to specialise in more advanced training in both quantitative and qualitative research, ethical principles and procedures and in practical applications of research techniques

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation provides an opportunity to explore an area of specific interest drawing on the knowledge gained from modules undertaken during the course and your own practice.

Optional modules

Independent Learning Project (40 or 20 credits)

This is a flexible module which will provide opportunities for you to critically develop your theoretical knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching or to pursue a particular area of interest in a chosen topic within the field of education. (It is anticipated that students who do not have prior level 7 qualifications will undertake the 40 credit module.)

Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (20 credits)

This module provides theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the roles and uses of technology enhanced learning in education across sectors, from pre-school to higher education.  The module explores key questions and issues relating to technology and education such as: technological determinism and the impact of technology in different educational contexts; what technology might offer to improve or enable learning and how this can be achieved; how technology relates to issues of social justice in education; as well as envisioning what the future might hold.

Mentoring and Coaching in Education (20 Credits)

This module provides a broad overview of the different uses of mentoring and coaching in education, including its use in classrooms, for progression and career development and as a management strategy. You will be encouraged to relate theoretical knowledge and concepts to your own experiences, professional practice and context.

Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement (20 credits)

This module provides underpinning knowledge of theory and practice and supports engagement with current educational debates and recent developments. Students will have the opportunity to  explore the relationship between leadership and management and continuing improvement of teaching and learning outcomes.

Enhancing Practice to Empower Looked After Children: Trauma, Attachment and Educational Provision (20 credits)

This module provides an opportunity to develop a critical, theoretical understanding of educational provisions for looked after and previously looked after children. Rethinking education practices within classrooms, it promotes powerful change by breaking with individualistic approaches in education and addresses issues of learning as participation, diversity and inclusion, inter-professional working, and the effects these have on educational achievement. (The module is appropriate for designated teachers with the responsibility to promote educational achievement of looked after children.)

Please note optional modules are available according to demand and timetabling constraints.

To attain the full MA you will need 180 credits, for the PgDip 120 credits and for the PgCert 60 credits.

The course utilises a blended learning approach and adopts a wide variety of learning, teaching and assessment strategies.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Student profiles


I wanted to share a few thoughts I had, reflecting on my time in the MA program at Suffolk. I remember when I first signed up for my modules and then arriving to my first class- I was full of anxiety about what I may have gotten myself into. It had been between 2 and 3 years since m...

I chose to study a MA in Education Studies to further consolidate and enhance my knowledge of pedagogical theory and research, after teaching in further education for several years. The course has allowed me explore and extend my critical thinking, analytical skills and research ski...

As a recently qualified primary school teacher, studying for a Masters degree wasn’t something I had heard much about. I had completed my NQT year and was looking for the next step in my professional development. Knowing that I had some credits from my teacher training, a Masters ...

Fees and finance


  • UK part-time tuition fee: £944 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)


  • UK part-time tuition fee: £944 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)


Further Information

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements


Course Leader of MA Education Studies and Associate Professor of Education

Senior Lecturer in Early Years

Lecturer in Education and Childhood

Lecturer in Education

Associate Professor

Lecturer in Education

Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership