The postgraduate community is a vibrant and welcoming community, comprising around one fifth of the University’s student population across our three sites in Kent.

Professor Susan Millns, Dean of the Graduate College

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    1 year




    Being curious and questioning is our starting premise for the MA Education. This course starts with fundamental questions about learning and seeks to examine the complexity of a basic human right; the right to an education. The course challenges you to reflect and review values and philosophies of education and learning drawing upon your own practice. Criticality and self-reflection as key learning attributes.  

    This course is for those interested and passionate about education and learning and who are committed to adopting a questioning approach.  You may be in a  professional role working in school or educational setting or whose work involves a substantial component of the design and delivery of training within their organisation. You may be at the beginning of your career, looking forward, or in a more established leadership role. You may be a volunteer working in an education setting, or in a support role. 

      All about the course

      The core modules (common across all routes) give you the opportunity to gain insights into the critical educational issues of the day and to develop key postgraduate academic skills. Our specialist modules reflect and incorporate the expertise of the teaching team in education research and scholarship. From the first module (Developing Criticality) through to the last (Dissertation) our aim is to support you in developing your knowledge and skills in relation to your professional and/or personal interests.

      This course will engage you with theories about learning for adults and children and will provide you with opportunities to critically reflect on your role as an educator, as a leader, as a stakeholder in the provision of learning. Critical thinking, research and evidence informed practice, reflection and review are embedded in all the areas of study.

      The course is offered as full time or part-time. We have a long history of supporting education professionals with part-time study and this is particularly the case with postgraduate studies. We have designed this programme to be flexible, to fit around your professional and life commitments. There is a blended approach to learning which includes online and face to face teaching. 

      Entry requirements

      A good undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) and two supporting academic/professional references.

      We recognise that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may be desirable candidates with other and appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case they may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate their ability to work at level 7. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

      If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Please visit the English Language Requirements page for a full summary.

      Honours degree or equivalent

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      To maximise flexibility, we offer a blended learning experience combining face to face teaching with online provision. You will study using a variety of strategies involving you as an active participant in the process of learning. All learning is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) as well as other digital media. You will be encouraged to work closely with your peers.

      As you study, you will have the opportunity to develop your own research and specialist areas of expertise, based on personal interests and professional experiences. Individual and group tutorials are offered to support this. You will also be encouraged to reflect on the ways your learning supports your professional and career development. Individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation module. You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor to support your learning.

      All our tutors are experienced and research-active academics recognised as experts in their field.

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will study six 20 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation. You will be assessed via a range of assessment types including reflective commentaries, literature reviews, presentations, critical analysis, portfolios and research reports. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation based on your research interests. There are no exams. 

      Your future career

      Students who complete this Master’s degree typically progress to positions of responsibility, take up a teaching position abroad, publish their research or progress to doctoral study. 


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK  Overseas (Sept 2022 entry)
      Full-time £8,250 - (Full MA) £14,500 - (MA)


      Dissertation only




      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.


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