Education at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

Our MA Education course is an ideal course if you are passionate about education and want to improve your skills. Employers looking to fill leadership and advanced practitioner roles are increasingly looking for candidates with a master's degree, demonstrating their level of understanding of the sector. Whether you want to build your skills in a current teaching role, or start a career in education or academic research, this course gives you the tools to begin applying advanced teaching techniques in a professional setting. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? At BNU, our teaching is centred around you. We make sure you get the professional support you need, backed up with professionally experienced lecturers. Assignments have been designed to enable you to focus on issues relevant to your professional context, providing you with the opportunity to combine theory with practice. Our MA Education has been developed with your needs in mind. It offers a great deal of flexibility both in its structure and in the way that the teaching is delivered. This flexibility allows students to design their studies to meet professional interests and areas of practice. In addition to this, BNU can provide you with a campus environment only 35 minutes from London, with our apps anywhere service allowing you to use software and apps from home. This way you can study from the comfort of your own home. Our goal at BNU is to offer you a course that helps you reach your professional and personal goals within the world of education, with the support of professional lecturers and sector insight from people who have been there. We combine this with a facility close to London, where you can study both on campus and on home. We believe this course prepares you for whatever you might face in the future. What will I study? MA Education is a pathway course, which means you choose your specialism in one of three pathways: MA Education, MA Practice education or MA Positive education. For both of these courses the first year is shared, and you can choose between them. MA Education This pathway will encourage you to consider education in all its forms, from formal learning and training to compulsory education. You will have the opportunity to meaningfully contextualize learning within your own area of practice or interest. It is a pathway designed to develop a holistic skillset, and you will explore theories of learning and teaching, current issues in education and educational research methods. MA Practice Education This pathway will allow you to study education in the context of practice. You will cover CPD, educating others in this context and applying CPD theory to practice. You will also delve deeper into research, supervising and mentoring others and self-reflection. This ideal for you if you are working within a practice related role. MA Positive Education The positive education pathway is designed to help you understand how to apply the principles of positive psychology to education, you will study topics such as interventions in education, self-care and mentoring, the promotion and introduction of wellbeing theory and its application to teaching practice, as well as dive into research and evidence based positive psychology. Career Prospects An MA in Education allows you to engage with a aspect of educational practice in depth, giving you knowledge and expertise that enables you to build confidence and inspire. Completing this course is also a springboard to further academic research, such as an EdD or PhD. Many of our graduates go on to become senior educators in primary, secondary and higher education, as well as published researchers.

Modules

MA Education Year one Core Applying Principles and Theory of Learning, Teaching and Assessment Reflecting on Impact in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice Evidencing Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice Applied Research Methods Optional Modules Wellbeing and Self-care for Practitioners: Theory and Practice Positive Education and Other Evidence-based Interventions Leading Change for Inclusive Practice Reflection and CPD in an Evolving Professional Landscape Supervising, Mentoring and Developing Others in Practice Year two Core Extended Research Project MA Practice Education Year one Core Applying Principles and Theory of Learning, Teaching and Assessment Reflecting on Impact in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice Evidencing Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice Applied Research Methods Reflection and CPD in an Evolving Professional Landscape Supervising, Mentoring and Developing Others in Practice Year two Core Extended Research Project MA Positive Education Year one Core Applying Principles and Theory of Learning, Teaching and Assessment Reflecting on Impact in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice Evidencing Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice Applied Research Methods Wellbeing and Self-care for Practitioners: Theory and Practice Positive Education and Other Evidence-based Interventions Year two Core Extended Research Project

Assessment method

Our course provides useful professional development opportunities for you if you are already working as a teacher, or a meaningful introduction to the field for those seeking a career in education who have opportunities to apply the learning in practice. The focus of your engagement with the assessment process will be negotiated with a member of the programme team to ensure that assessed work responds to your interests and career aspirations. Your second year of study will focus on the development of an extended work project. This assessment is an exciting opportunity to frame a significant piece of work in your area of interest with a view to sharing this externally. Some of the ways you will be assessed include: practical and oral assessments presentation professional conversations with your lecturer


Entry requirements

Individuals with an undergraduate degree, typically 2.1 or higher, with an interest in pursuing a career in education. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to the value of 30 credits is available within the master's framework. It is possible to APL against either Capturing Professional Education or Mentoring in the Practice Setting/ Principles of Practice Education. It is not possible to APL against the research modules. Where APL is sought, there is a requirement that it must have been conferred within the last 5 years. If you already have a PGCE, you may want to consider MA in Education (Advanced Standing).


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

For fee information, please visit our website: bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-education
Education at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS