The course is designed specifically for educational professionals who wish to engage critically with new developments in teaching, and develop practice in their work context with academic and practical rigour; through engagement in critical, analytical and reflective processes, students are able to: develop their understanding of current thinking in relation to research and professional policy and practice; develop their ability to analyse, critique and develop their own and others' practice; develop intellectual, organisational, personal, communication and professional skills; design and use research to contribute to improving practice in the context of their own role.
Modules include: Research methodologies in education and professional practice; dissertation; assessment for learning; culture and diversity; curriculum planning and development; improving practice through action research; inter-professional agency; leading learning; leading, planning and assessing award bearing CPD; making sense of professional learning and its relationship to pupil learning; mentoring and coaching; pedagogy and learning; practice based enquiry; professional development in the NQT year; vision and values: building a learning community; critical incidents in teaching; learning and play.
All 30-credit modules on the course are assessed by a single portfolio of 5,000 words. Tasks are designed so that you can focus on an area of interest and personalise them to your own situation. The subject of your final 14,000-word dissertation is your choice and you will write it over two terms. It allows you to carry out a small-scale research project designed to solve a specific problem in your own context.
Minimum 2.2 Honours in a relevant subject. English language requirements: Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, speaking, reading and listening (or recognised equivalent).