Leeds Trinity University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Education (Taught)

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Course summary

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The MA Education is a part-time programme designed to develop and strengthen your identity, critical confidence and academic expertise as a serving educational professional – whether you’re in the early stages of your education career or you have extensive experience. This MA puts emphasis on broadening your critical perspective on education, with a carefully weighted balance between sector-wide and context-specific content and tasks. Dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will guide you through varied philosophical and disciplinary positions, with a focus on supporting you in articulating and strengthening your own expert critical voice. We’ve designed the course to lead you through established and emerging debates about policy and practice. Through a developmental sequence of modules, you will strengthen your skills of critically reflective practice and practical enquiry. You’ll receive specialist training in thinking further and deeper about the complexity and challenges of education, as well as its possibilities. Throughout the MA, we’ll encourage you to reflect on your own priorities and interests, enabling you to shape and influence good practice in your workplace. The course brings together educational professionals from a wide variety of contexts: early years, primary education, secondary education, special education, further and higher education. Students range from early career teachers to senior leaders and managers to those who support learning, and this diverse mix ensures sessions encompass multiple perspectives, broadening perception out from the practice of each singular workplace. Our programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, with evening and weekend sessions sensibly spaced over each year. Learning is supported through access to the online library and journal resources, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and a specialist team of staff in our Learning Hub to support academic learning and development. Each module comes with a comprehensive handbook, reading list and detailed support for assessment, both with process and product.

Course details


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study. Reflecting on Professional Practice This involves analysis of the foundations of reflective practice in education, its theoretical underpinnings, and its relation to other disciplines. Contemporary Perspectives on Education This is a sequence of lectures, guest lectures and seminars on different, highly topical issues in education. You’ll cover topics such as Neuroscience and the Learning Brain, Gender and Transgender in Education, Social Justice and Disadvantage, Teacher Resilience and the Evolving Identity, Role and Uses of Research in Educational settings. Investigating Professional Practice This will help you to think about the issues related to investigating your own practice. You’ll explore the history of action research as a form of democratic research and engaged social action. You’ll also investigate issues of agency, community and collaboration in relation to action research. Research Methods for Education You’ll focus on methods appropriate to the broad and complex field of education. This will culminate in the construction of your own fully justified research proposal. Dissertation This will prepare you to develop a research proposal, and then to carry out your research on an aspect of your own professional practice or a current issue in education. Bespoke support will be offered by a dedicated supervisor chosen for their connection to your interests, with regular top-up training offered throughout the dissertation year to support your independent study – for example in data analysis.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a range of written forms, presentations and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills you’ll develop within the programme. Employability-relevant forms of presentation and critique – including posters, information leaflets and evidence-based briefs – are also used. You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your topic of choice for the written summative assessment undertaken. There are no exams.

Entry requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you. The normal entry requirement is an honours degree and a teaching qualification from the UK. You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching/training/supporting/managing learning role in an educational context to allow you to complete the assignments. Access to the course is through completion of a written application form. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may still be considered for a place following an application and interview process. Early application is advised, as places are limited.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500 Year 1
Scotland £5500 Year 1
Wales £5500 Year 1
Channel Islands £5500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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