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Education MA/PGDip/PGCert

The MA Education is a flexibly taught masters course designed primarily for those who work or aspire to work in any field of education and training and whose aim is to develop and improve upon their practice, enhance their professional profile and engage in rigorous research and high level inquiry into their working context.

Whatever stage you are at in your career, we invite you to come and join our learning community as we move into a new phase of development in our postgraduate and doctoral offer. We will equip you as you enter the next phase of your professional life to achieve the excellence you desire for yourselves and those you seek to inspire.

The course offers the following awards: MA Education (180 credits), Postgraduate Diploma Education (120 credits) and Postgraduate Certificate Education (60 credits). These non-specialist awards offer maximum flexibility, with students able to choose optional modules from the full range available.

Specialist pathways
The MA Education also embraces a number of specialist pathways, which will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding in an area of particular relevance to your current (or future) professional context. These pathways are:

  • Church School Leadership
  • Early Childhood
  • Leadership and Management;
  • Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Religions and Values Education and
  • Special and Inclusive Education

Examples of specialist pathway awards are: MA Education (Special and Inclusive Education), Postgraduate Diploma Education (Religions and Values Education) and Postgraduate Certificate Education (Mentoring in Early Childhood).

International and full-time route
This route meets the needs of professionals wishing to study and familiarise themselves with the UK educational environment alongside their own contrasting experience. The programme consists of three taught modules in each of the first two terms and a three-module Dissertation in the third term.

How to Apply

Entry requirements

You will normally have one of the following:

A first or second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject area; a wide range of relevant experience.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

How to apply

For all awards which form part of the MA Education, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / 

Please post your completed application form to:
Admissions Office
University Of Worcester
Henwick Grove

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the MA Education course leader who may contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

The academic year begins in September, but you may start your award at the beginning of the autumn, spring or summer terms. You should apply in good time for the start of the course.

Accreditation of previous learning

In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit, and professional learning can be analysed through the completion of an Independent Study. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Get in touch

Dr Wendy Messenger
Education MA
01905 855329

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course Content

MA Education award requirements

MA Education - 180 credits
The MA Education is made up of five or six 20 credit modules selected from the range available modules. These may include Negotiated Learning modules of 20, 40 or 60 credits. MA Education students are required to complete Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (20 credits), Research Methods (20 credits) plus a research project (Dissertation) of 40 or 60 credits.

Postgraduate Diploma Education – 120 credits
Students choose five 20 credit modules or equivalent selected from the range of available modules. Th4ey are also required to complete Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (20 credits).

Postgraduate Certificate Education – 60 credits
Students choose any three 20 credit modules or equivalent from the range available modules.

Required modules:

Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (MAED4006 - 20 credits) offers participants the opportunity to explore the relationship between theory, policy and practice in their own (and other) educational contexts, generating critical insights into current priorities and agendas and the contested nature of educational practices and pedagogies.

Research Methods (MAED4001 – 20 credits) focuses on the principles, procedures and processes associated with undertaking education research. Participants will engage with various research paradigms and methodologies, and the ideological, practical and ethical issues associated with education inquiry. Students will critically appraise various approaches to research, synthesising

Dissertation (MAED4440—40 credits or MAED4460—60 credits) This module enables students, working independently and with targeted supervision, to undertake a substantial piece of work following detailed investigation and research. The nature of this investigation—negotiated with the dissertation tutor— may take various forms, for example, an extended literature review, documentary or historical study, or a piece of action research. Other creative approaches may be negotiated with the supervising tutor. The format and theme of the dissertation must reflect the pathway the student is registered on, where applicable.


A range of assessment methods are used to provide students with the maximum opportunity to achieve success. These include: essays, critiques and analyses which encourage critical thinking; critical reviews; assessment by enquiry based learning and action research; individual and group seminar presentations; poster presentations; reflective accounts; case studies and presentations of cases; various modules utilise portfolio approaches to assessment.

In negotiated learning modules students can design an investigation and a mode of assessment most suited to their project.



Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers.

Student Views

Roberta Keys

Roberta completed PGCE secondary Economics and Business (with masters credits) at the University of Worcester in 2010 and was awarded her MA Education in February 2013.

"I am a big fan of this course, as it allows each student to specialise in whatever area they please. As an Economist, I always wanted to focus on the more academic aspect of this subject, but other classmates focused on issues ranging from the use of ICT in English lessons, gaming and learning, underachievement in boys and on SEN issues. In that sense, it has provided me with a flexibility that few other masters courses offer, without skimping on the necessary skills such as research methods for education. For me, the balance was just right.

"Having this qualification has put me ahead of many colleagues in terms of education related qualifications. In my own teaching environment, this is viewed as a huge plus, and many parents also take much confidence from this. Upon completing the masters in Education, I was promoted twice within a month of receiving my final grade, in a department role and a curriculum role. I was delighted and relieved at the same time. The hard work has finally paid off and it was being formally recognised.

"Thanks to not only the PGCE course but more importantly, the masters in Education, I now have an even greater awareness of the learning needs and styles of my students.

"Showing my students that I am also a hard-working and dedicated student myself, aiming for more, balancing an already hectic workload and still trying for the best all have helped show them, that as a teacher, I have been a positive role model for them."

Academic department

Institute of Education  

“Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester graduates have made a huge difference in the field of education.”
Ann Jordan, Head of Institute