Education Studies MA
MA Education Studies
Whether you're an education professional or someone with an interest in the field, this MA Education Studies degree course will give you the skills to critically reflect on contemporary national and global educational issues – from the changing purpose of education and educational psychology to the ways in which policy and practice influence the lives of students.
You'll focus on all levels of education, including schools, colleges, universities and continuing professional development. You'll learn to handle complex issues at an advanced level and if you're already in a professional role, you'll develop the skills needed to lead in education policy and pedagogy, enhancing your career prospects.
MA Education Studies Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Examine contemporary issues and perspectives in education at a local, national and global level
- Study educational research methods in preparation for a dissertation or work-based project
- Approach education from a variety of perspectives, such as psychology, sociology and pedagogy
- Carry out a research project related to your employment
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, your understanding of both the theory and practical application of current knowledge in the field of education will place you in a strong position to advance your career.
What jobs can you do with an Education Studies degree?
Career opportunities include:
- University lecturer
- School mentor
- Senior educational leader/manager
- Academic study
Work experience and career planning
Once you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find a job that puts your skills to use.
You can continue to use this service for up to 5 years after you leave the University, so we'll be on hand to support you as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this MA Education Studies degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Approaches to Education Studies – 30 credits
- Contemporary Perspectives in Education Studies – 30 credits
- Dissertation – 60 credits
- Research Methods in Education – 30 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs & Disability – 30 credits
- Education in a Global Context – 30 credits
- Leadership, Policy and Strategy: the Management of Educational Change – 30 credits
- Childhood Studies: The Child's Voice in the 21st century
- Educational Psychology
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Pedagogy and Practice
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- dissertation or report
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,400
- EU students – £9,400 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £16,200
Full-time (distance learning)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man/EU/International students – £8,100
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £4,700 a year
- EU students – £4,700 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £8,100 a year
All fees subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Starting in September 2021
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.