Social and Applied Sciences

MA Education

Year of entry

This flexible MA course enables you to explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education. It is designed to support professionals working in a range of education settings and is relevant for any career stage.


This flexible Masters course has been designed for education professionals from a wide range of settings and phases (early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education). You may be currently working or taking a break to pursue your studies full-time.

The course 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.

There is a thriving postgraduate community with opportunities to attend conferences, study days, workshops and seminars on campus and at other locations.

The course is for anyone with an interest in education, including those currently employed in different education settings or involved in educational work within an organisation or agency. The course can be studied full-time (normally 1 year) or part-time (normally 3 years). The full-time option, may be more suitable if you are taking a break from employment or following on from undergraduate study.

The flexible nature of the course enables you to apply the learning and select areas of focus for assignments to support your professional practice and academic interests.In the final year, the dissertation enables you to research in depth one particular theme of your choice.

Specialist Postgraduate Certificates

The Postgraduate Certificate Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO) (National Award) is available within the MA Education for existing and aspiring SENCOs (60 credits)

We also offer Postgraduate Certificates in different aspects of special educational needs. These can be delivered locally on request, for schools and other organisations. Please note that we do not accept individual applications for these courses, but please contact us to discuss opportunities for setting up a local group. Organisations must recruit a minimum of 15 applicants per cohort.

  • Physical disabilities;
  • Cognition and learning;
  • Autistic spectrum disorders;
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties;
  • Specific literacy difficulties;
  • Speech, language and communication needs.

Postgraduate Certificate credits or other relevant Level 7 credits awarded within the last 5 years may be brought into the main MA Education course, subject to the University’s regulations. Contact us to discuss the opportunities available.

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. 

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.

The module titles are listed below.

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).

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.

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 part-time course is normally studied alongside full­-time or part-­time employment as a teacher, lecturer or in other education settings, while full­time students often use this opportunity to enhance employability or change direction.

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.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course





Certificate Stage

£2,515 (Part-time)


Diploma Stage

£2,515 (Part-time)


MA Stage

£2,670 (Part-time)


Full-time, full MA

£7,700 (Full-time)

£12,420 (Full-time)

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

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 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.  

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Costs to students



Text books

Own purchase text books

Travel to other sites

Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student

Library Fees and Fines

Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable

Printing & Photocopying

The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student

Graduation ceremonies

It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

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.

We recognise the pressures experienced by those studying whilst working and there are university systems and processes to support your progress through the course.

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.

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.

Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)

If you have recently gained credits from a Higher Education awarding body such as a University, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning and could receive an exemption from completing particular modules on the MA.  You will need to complete the application form and have it approved.  No CCCU credits are awarded.

RPCL Application Form 

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

You may also apply for a recognition of your reflections on your professional experiences which demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specified modules. A successful RPEL application will be referred to the Board of Examiners and may result in the award of CCCU credits.  

RPEL Application form

For January 2020 intake

Please use the button below to apply for January 2020.

Apply here

If you wish to apply to RPCL or RPEL credits please complete the appropriate application form when you apply for a place on the MA Education.

You should return your completed RPCL or RPEL forms to


Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MA In Education apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MA In Education apply
Canterbury 3 years part-time September 2020
MA In Education apply
Canterbury 3 years part-time January 2021


For further information or to speak to someone about this course please contact us.



Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time


  • September and January intake course is flexible & allows people to join.

Typical contact hours per week

  • Sessions 6-9 pm & all part time students attend one module a term, which consists of 6 sessions. 3 modules completed in a year.

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.



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