The well-established MA Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) has been running since 1995 and is regularly updated in order to reflect the changing needs of participants and potential participants. This postgraduate course in Education consists of a number of specialist pathways and is for a range of professional backgrounds including teachers, lecturers and managers in the further education sector; speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, midwives and members of the armed forces and police service.
Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your professional needs. On your chosen pathway, you will have the opportunity to engage critically with the theories and practices of education with a view to applying your learning to your own practice. During your MA Education studies, if you decide to focus on one of the areas you have studied at module level, there is the possibility for you to transfer onto one of the specialist awards available.
On all pathways within the MA Education (Innovation in Learning & Teaching) programme, you must take the core module Research Methodology. This module will equip you to carry out a small scale education enquiry ethically and effectively. You are then free to choose three other modules from the wide selection available within the MA Education programme.
MA Education (Innovation in Learning & Teaching) pathways include:
Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules). Full MA awards require you to complete a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word dissemination plan after the taught programmes.
Most students following the part-time programme spend 2 years on the taught modules (typically one evening per week) and undertake their dissertation in their third year. Participants are, however, allowed to take a maximum of 5 years to complete the whole programme.
Full-time students are able to complete the whole programme within 12 months, although some take a little longer to finish writing up their dissertation.
In most cases modules are assessed through a 5,000 word written piece of coursework. Progress on to the dissertation is dependent upon successful completion of the taught modules.
You should be a graduate or, if you are a non-graduate, you will need relevant experience
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. The broad award of MA Education indicates you have acquired skills and knowledge across a range of different areas.
If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.