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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Develop your skills and knowledge for professional growth
  • Link your learning to your professional practice
  • Enjoy a mix of independent study and discussion

Education at Winchester is grounded in research-based teaching – you construct practical theories of the situations which confront you in your professional life and test them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings.

You build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on issues relevant to your own practice. Many of the pathways through the MA enable you to explore an element of your subject knowledge or pedagogy, such as your classroom practice, school leadership role or an aspect of your school improvement, as part of your MA research.

The modules are flexible, allowing you to submit assignments of between 4,000 and 8,000 words. These enable you to identify and develop an aspect of your professional work with a tutor’s support. 

The majority of our students opt for our Independent Work-based Research route (IWBR), which enables our students to focus on an aspect of teaching, learning or educational leadership which is specifically relevant to their work in their own setting. However, there are a range of pathways through the MA, enabling you to specialise. These include: Primary Maths Mastery, Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL), Wellbeing and Education, National SENCO Accreditation and PG Cert in Teacher Education.

The teaching team is drawn from Education, Health and Social Care, and includes experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams. Group seminars with a tutor and other students take place in evenings and/or Saturdays, these sessions will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.

Careers

A Masters degree is increasingly seen as an essential qualification for senior educational positions. The programme develops skills and knowledge for significant professional development.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start dates: September and January
Teaching takes place: Evenings and weekends

The teaching team encompasses University staff within Education, Health and Social Care, and experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams.

While this programme involves a high degree of independent working, group twilight seminars (or weekend for research methods modules) with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment

Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations or written exams.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an MA Education pre-enrolment evening. Please contact cpd@winchester.ac.uk for more information. 

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our MA Education is a part-time only course and is suitable for professionals currently working in an educational setting. We would normally expect our students to hold a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Applicants who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements may be admitted to the programme, provided that they can submit evidence of previous serious study and demonstrate the capacity and attainments to pursue successfully the proposed programme.

If English is not your first language:
IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Students can enrol on the MA Education in September and January. For information and to enrol please contact cpd@winchester.ac.uk.

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2019. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Level 7

Modules Credits

Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research 20
Dissertation (Independent Study) 60
Independent Work Based Research (IWBR) route
  • Examining Professional Practice
  • Investigating Practice through a Project
  • Individual Practitioner Enquiry
  • Developing Pedagogy and Learning
  • Reflecting on Professional Practice
  • Considering Debates in Professional Practice

Or alternatively decide to to follow a subject focussed route.

Subject Focus route

To complete phase 1 you can decide whether to follow a subject focussed route including:

  • Primary Maths Mastery
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)
  • Wellbeing and Education
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Pathway for NQTs
  • National SENCO Accreditation
  • Early Years Practice
  • Religious Education in Context

Or alternatively focus on your specialism/an area of professional development via the Independent Work Based Research (IWBR) route.

Optional Credits

Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research 20
Dissertation (Independent Study) 60
Independent Work Based Research (IWBR) route
  • Examining Professional Practice
  • Investigating Practice through a Project
  • Individual Practitioner Enquiry
  • Developing Pedagogy and Learning
  • Reflecting on Professional Practice
  • Considering Debates in Professional Practice

Or alternatively decide to to follow a subject focussed route.

Subject Focus route

To complete phase 1 you can decide whether to follow a subject focussed route including:

  • Primary Maths Mastery
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)
  • Wellbeing and Education
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Pathway for NQTs
  • National SENCO Accreditation
  • Early Years Practice
  • Religious Education in Context

Or alternatively focus on your specialism/an area of professional development via the Independent Work Based Research (IWBR) route.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Phase 1 (PG Cert 60 credits) is £1,800
Phase2 (PG Diploma 60 credits) is £1,800
Phase3 (Dissertation 60 credits) is £1,900

Total Cost | £5,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Total Cost | £12,950

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory 

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

Duration
Part-time: 3 Years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Location
On campus, Winchester