MA Education (Flexible)

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Programme Description

MA Education (Flexible)

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


This flexible, online-based course reflects the needs of individuals and organizations and will deepen and refine your capacity to reflect critically on the way you work.

Teaching on this course is underpinned by systematic practitioner inquiry and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to your professional practice.

While each module has its own particular focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of historical, political and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

The study is flexible, in order to meet the needs of individuals and organizations, and includes:

  • a range of optional modules so you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests
  • different modes of delivery which take account of individual needs and professional contexts
  • exit points en route to a full masters programme


  • Peter Sorensen (contact for academic inquiries)
  • Dr. Mary Biddulph
  • Dr. Max Biddulph
  • Ann Smith
  • Tony Fisher
  • Dr. Rupert Knight
  • Dr. Carmen Mohammed
  • Dr. Mary Bailey

The staff listed above teach modules within the education stream. They are joined by a larger team of tutors teaching on optional modules.

Key facts

  • 200 years of experience in the field of education
  • 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent

Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed part-time over approximately two years, with a further eight months for the dissertation. You can choose to start in either September or February, and there are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

You will need to commit 10-15 hours per week, all year round. You will work collaboratively, for example, by contributing to online discussions within a specified time frame.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Online course materials and support

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.

To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.


To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:

  • Start date:12 February 2018, application deadline:22 January 2018
  • Start date:3 September 2018, application deadline:6 August 2018
  • Start date:11 February 2019, application deadline:21 January 2019

Nottingham PGCE graduates

University of Nottingham PGCE graduates who started their course between September 2010 and September 2013, will have received an automatic offer for this course and do not need to submit a new application. If you would like to accept your offer, please contact our admissions office with details of when you would like to start. The automatic offer is valid for five years so you will need to apply again if this time has passed.

PGCEi graduates will not have received an automatic offer so will need to submit a new application (alumni do not have to pay the application fee).

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.



  • Practice-Based Inquiry

This module is normally studied just before the dissertation, however, you need to take this module at a time when you have access to an appropriate professional context.

  • Dissertation


Up to three from:

  • Leading Learning
  • Researching Special and Inclusive Education
  • Relationships and Behaviour
  • Communication and Literacy
  • Learning an Additional Language (EAL/CLIL)
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Years Education
  • Introduction to the Learning Sciences
  • Educational Technology Research Methods
  • Understanding Individual and Organisational Development
  • Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research, and Practice
  • Debating Special and Inclusive Education
  • The Social Context of Educational Technology
  • New Directions in Technology Enhanced Learning

Other ways to study

You may be able to take one face-to-face module via summer school. Teaching takes place over two weeks, starting in the last week of July; offering you the opportunity to study in an intensive teaching block with academic support available during the subsequent period of self-guided study.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counselors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent); plus a year of work/volunteer experience in an educational setting, or a teaching qualification that includes a substantial placement-based component such as a PGCE

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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