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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Our Master's in Education course is a dynamic and flexible way of pursuing your passion for education through academia.

Available full or part-time, it can fit around your circumstances as a practising education professional, or be undertaken during a career break. Through taught modules and your own research, you will study a variety of important, contemporary themes in education across the profession. There is also the option of gaining specialists postgraduate certificates within the Master's, and you will benefit from an active postgraduate community during your studies.

Our Masters in Education encourages and supports rigorous and critical professional development that can have significant impact on all learners’ outcomes and organisational change. It has flexible modules to enable you to explore your interests and concerns relevant to your professional context. As well as the generic course, there are a number of specialist Postgraduate Certificates that can be studied separately or incorporated into the main course, along with a specialist route for those involved in higher education.

Entry requirements

Evidence of successful completion of study at Higher Education Level 6 (equivalent to Year 3 of an undergraduate degree programme).

Students must have current or recent experience of working in education settings and will normally have access to such a setting for practitioner research, particularly for the dissertation.

You will normally need a good honours degree to enter a Master's level course. However, it is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may be desirable candidates with other appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case you may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate your 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. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Honours degree or equivalent

All about the course

The following themes run through the whole course:

  • Education research, theory and professional knowledge;
  • Education policy and its implications for practice;
  • Reflective practice and professional development;
  • Enquiry and evidence-based practice;
  • Creativity and innovation in education;
  • Leadership, advocacy and action research;
  • Values, nature and purpose of education;
  • Contemporary international perspectives and cultural diversity;
  • Sustainability, inclusion and globalisation. 

The sessions are held at our Canterbury campus. For the part-time course the sessions are run in the evenings from 6-­9pm. Each module consists of six taught sessions and the dissertation is individually supervised following three taught sessions on research methods.

How you’ll learn

All of the modules carry Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) recognition.

  • Critical reflection in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Enquiry and evidence in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Reading the changing policy landscape (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Learning theories (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Issues in mentoring, coaching and critical friendship (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Critical theory and evidence ­informed practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Negotiated module – on a focus of your choice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Evaluation and research methods and dissertation (MTLA) (60 credits).

In the part-time course, you will normally study three 20 credit modules per year for two years, followed by the 60 credit dissertation in Year 3, to comprise the full MA Education. In the full-time course you will normally study two 20 credit modules per term with the dissertation alongside. International students normally study the full­-time course.

All MA Education Modules carry the additional award of membership of the Teaching and Learning Academy (MTLA). You will be entitled to use the suffix MTLA after your name and will have personal use of the Teaching and Learning Academy’s logo. When you successfully accumulate MTLA awards you are awarded a Fellowship of the Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA). Although you will have to register online with the TLA, there are no additional costs for the award of MTLA as this is part of the Canterbury offer and built into the selected credits awarded for each module.

The course is normally delivered through group seminars and lectures, one to one tutorials, workshops and activities, enquiry and guided independent study. Individual support, including feedback on draft writing, is provided via email, telephone, or face to face and this can be arranged at distance (e.g. through Skype) where appropriate. There are plenty of opportunities for enquiry in your own workplace to support your professional practice, if you are in employment whilst on the course. Online resources and facilities are available through the virtual learning environment and blended learning is used where appropriate. You can join the thriving postgraduate community for conferences and study days in the library at various times during the year and there is a strong element of peer support.

How you’ll be assessed

Your learning is assessed by written papers, portfolios and reflective learning journals, depending on the modules studied, and the final dissertation. These are submitted and marked online. Each 20 credit module assignment is 4,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is 15-18,000 words.

Your future career

Your promotion prospects and performance at interview are enhanced not only by the Master’s qualification itself but also by discussing interesting and valuable research in progress and by showing confidence in understanding contemporary issues in education.

We have a wide network of alumni who may continue with postgraduate study on our popular EdD course or a PhD, contribute to Masters courses as associate staff and offer expert support to colleagues engaging in Masters study and school-based research. Many are involved in mentoring and coaching in professional settings and may progress into new senior leadership roles.


2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 - (Full MA) £13,000 - (MA)

£2,660 - (PgCert)

£2,660 - (PgDip)

£2,840 - (MA)


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 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.


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