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Part-time: 2/3 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 a choice of routes for practising professionals and managers in educational settings. 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.

Students can choose to undertake either a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) or a full MA in Education Studies. Optional modules allow students to follow different routes, including leadership and management and early career development or to focus on areas of interest relevant to the student's own professional practice.

Course modules

Modules include Theoretical Foundations in Education, Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement, Strategic Leadership, Applying Theory in Educational Research, Research Methods, SEN, Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching, Recent Developments in Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment,  and Mentoring in Education.

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 specialist study area. The module will enable you to make a smooth transition to the mandatory Research Methods and Dissertation modules.

Research Methods (20 credits)

This module provides a grounding in a range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods and research skills, an ethical framework and practical applications
or 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

Theoretical Foundations (40 credits)

The contents of this module are at the core of the Master’s programme. The module will enable you, as someone involved in education, to critically develop your theoretical knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching which underpins professional practice. It is anticipated that students will undertake this module unless they are confident that they have covered the module content through other qualifications or in their own practice.

Recent Developments in Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment (20 credits)

This module provides an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of curriculum, pedagogy or assessment for learning in praxis.  You will be encouraged to interrogate current forms of curricula and pedagogic organisation, demonstrating insight into the wider political, economic, social and technological agendas which influence your own work.  

Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (20 credits)

This module will offer insights into theories and methodologies relevant to technology enhanced learning and will use case studies to explore strategies and issues across a range of learning environments. You will be able to explore and develop use of technologies pertinent to your own learning and teaching context.

Mentoring in Education (20 Credits)

This module provides a broad overview of the different uses of mentoring 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 professional practice and context. 

Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement (20 credits)

This module provides underpinning knowledge of theory and practice, supports engagement with current educational debates and recent developments, and explores
the relationship between leadership and management and continuing improvement of teaching and learning outcomes.

Strategic Leadership in Education (20 credits)

This module gives particular focus to the development and implementation of policy and the impact of changing contextual factors on educational organisations.

In addition to the optional modules outlined above students can undertake an Independent Learning Module of 40 or 20 credits. These modules are designed to enable students to gain level 7 credits for current, prior or certificated learning that effectively meets module outcomes.

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.

Fees and finance


  • MA part-time tuition fee: £825 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
  • Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance

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

Academic Requirements

A 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.

Applicants without this qualification, but who have substantial relevant professional experience, may also be considered.

Have access to practice. Criteria are;

  • Access to teaching and/or supporting teaching and learning in a relevant statutory, private, voluntary and/or independent setting with a direct responsibility for learning within their educational setting;
  • Students will be required to complete at least 225 hours in practice while on the course.

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Tier 4 international students are not able to register on this course however we welcome interest from international students not wishing to apply for Tier 4.


Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Course Leader of MA Education Studies and Associate Professor of Education

Associate Professor in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Visiting Senior Fellow in Education