MA Education (Wales)

The National MA Education (Wales) is a truly transformative and sector leading programme for educational professionals in Wales, from early career teachers to senior leaders.

The educational landscape in Wales is changing rapidly. Teaching not only requires the mastery of a complex set of skills to guide, motivate, and facilitate student learning, but also the ability to enquire into professional practice in order to improve it.

The National MA Education (Wales) - which has been collaboratively developed by seven universities in Wales, through direct engagement with a variety of key stakeholders including Welsh Government - will ensure that all education professionals in Wales have the same high-quality opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, engage with research, and to improve their professional practice.

Currently there are three pathways available for this course:

1. MA Education (Wales)

This core pathway allows students to cross-combine modules from different themed areas.

2. National MA Education (Wales) Additional Learning Needs

This specialist pathway is aimed at educational professionals in Wales, at all levels, who wish to focus on additional learning needs (ALN).

3. National MA Education (Wales) Leadership

This specialist pathway has been designed for students who wish to focus on studying leadership at all levels within the education system.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr Matt Hutt.

Funding for this course from Welsh Government will be mainly focused on teachers in their first six years of their career, although it will be open to all teachers, regardless of length of experience.

For further information on the course please see the two attached documents below:

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C

The course is 3 years part-time. There is no full-time option.

Year 1

Students who have completed a PGCE with 60 credits at Level 7 are likely to be exempt from the first year of study. Those students who do not have this award will study three modules in the first year:

  • Pedagogy and Practice (20 credits)
  • Collaboration and Professional Practice (20)
  • Evidence-Informed Practice (20 credits)

Year 2

Year 2 will see students taking one core module (20 credits), Advanced Research Enquiry Skills, alongside any 2 optional modules (all 20 credits):

Students on the MA Education (Wales) pathway will study any two from:

  • Leadership and Management of ALN
  • Inclusive Classroom Practice
  • Leading and Managing Education Professionals
  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Exploring Pedagogies
  • Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
  • Equity and Diversity
  • ALN: Excellence in Practice
  • Leading Within and Across Systems

Students on the National MA Education (Wales) Additional Learning Needs specialist pathway will study any two from:

  • Inclusive Classroom Practice
  • Leadership and Management of ALN
  • Additional Learning Needs
  • Excellence in Practice

Students on the National MA Education (Wales) specialist pathway will study any two from:

  • Leading and Managing Education Professionals
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Leading Within and Across Systems

Year 3

The third and final year will focus on the core Dissertation module (60 credits).


200 hours of study per 20 credit module, of which 22 will be contact hours. Learning will be a blend of online and face-to-face. Activities will be a combination of lectures, seminars, group activities and individual activities.


Students on this course will join students on the same course at 6 other HEIs. There will be peer-to-peer support hosted on the WG Hwb, alongside all the regular USW support services and mechanisms.


Assessments are all coursework assignments and will be submitted at the end of each module. Wherever possible, assignments have been designed to complement the working contexts and schedules of full-time teachers.


Online environments (Blackboard and Hwb). Regular seminar and lecture rooms at Newport City Campus.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Candidates must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be currently employed in the compulsory education sector in the UK. The course is also open to those working as lecturers in FE colleges, or those working for regional consortia.

Please upload the following to your online application:

Evidence of your DfES Number – official letter from the teaching council
Reference on institution/company letter headed paper

Supplementary Application Form (please download the document below)

Recognition of Prior Learning Form (please download the document below)

Unfortunately MA Education (Wales) is not suitable for overseas (Non EU) students. However both MA Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) and MA Leadership & Management (Education) are open to overseas (Non EU) students.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Welsh Government Funding – MA Education Wales

Funding for this course from Welsh Government will be mainly focused on teachers in their first six years of their career. Although it will be open to all teachers regardless of length of experience.

Some Welsh Government funding is also available for those working in Partner ITE schools, and those opting to follow the ALN or Leadership pathways, regardless of length of experience.

Please apply direct with The University of South Wales by completing the following application form:

During the application process, all students should search for and apply to the following course:

  • MA Education (Wales)

Students who wish to study either of the specialist pathways - MA Education (Wales) Additional Learning Needs or National MA Education (Wales) Leadership – will be moved to this pathway following their first year of study or during their enrolment process (if exempt from studying year one).

Admissions statement


This course is for educational professionals who have already embarked on their career.