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MA in Education

Postgraduate Certificate;Master of Arts;Postgraduate Diploma

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MA in Education

Postgraduate Certificate;Master of Arts;Postgraduate Diploma

  • Course Type:  Part time (3 years)
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Course Overview

The MA in Education is a professionally oriented Masters-level programme of professional development taught at Leeds Trinity University.

As a part time course, it is designed specifically to meet your professional and personal development needs whether you are a serving teacher, lecturer, trainer or other education professional.​ 

Why study with us

  • The course is specifically designed for busy professionals, working in all educational contexts, to support reflective and evidence-based practice
  • The course is a professionally relevant programme of continuing professional development for all those working in teaching/training/lecturing/support positions in education.
  • The MA is a manageable part time programme taught by enthusiastic, dedicated and expert staff with significant experience of work and research in the field of education.
  • Learning is supported through access to 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.
  • The MA offers excellent value for money that leads to real benefits in terms of career progression and development.​
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Course Information

About this course >

It enables you to engage with a wide range of educational issues and is designed to support improvements in teaching and learning through critical reflective practice and practical enquiry.

The course brings together education professionals from a wide variety of contexts: early years, primary education, secondary education, special education, further and higher education. Students on the course are a mix of those who are in the early years of the profession, as well as experienced teachers, education leaders, managers and those who support learning. Students say how much they value the sharing of practice across sectors and disciplines, and how they benefit from learning in such diverse groups. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa​

Further Study

Structure >

The course runs in three phases, each with an exit point: 

  • Phase one - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Phase two - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Phase three - MA in Education (180 credits)

Phases 1 and 2 are taught in sessions from 5.00pm - 8.00pm once per fortnight/month (currently either on Wednesdays or Thursdays). In year 3, there are some Saturday seminars and a twilight session for the dissertation. Additional supervisory meetings are individually negotiated.


Phase 1 consists of two modules:

  • Reflecting on Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice (30 credits)

Phase 2 consists of one module:

  • Contemporary Perspectives of Education (60 credits)

Phase 3 consists of one module:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

All modules are compulsory. Credit can be gained for modules by study or by recognition of prior learning/experience (RPL/RPEL). Credits may be given through the RPL process if you have experience or prior learning in the following areas:

Curriculum Development; E-Learning; Coaching and Mentoring; Behaviour Management; Subject Leadership; Education Leadership (including NPQH); Special Educational Needs; Reflective Practice; Learning, Teaching and Assessment; Developing Professional Practice; Catholic Education and Leadership.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of gaining credit through RPL, please contact our Admissions Tutor, Andrew Pearce, for more information on +44 (0) 113 283 7100 or

Learning and Teaching >

​At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​



Assessment is through graded coursework assignments. There are no examinations. 

Assignments are designed to enable you to critically reflect on practice. The nature of the reflective practice assignments vary by module, but are designed to include written papers, small scale enquiries, presentations, portfolios or design of learning materials. All assignments include an element of critical reflection.

Entry Requirements >

The normal entry requirement for the MA in Education is an honours degree

In order to be able to fulfil the requirements of the module assignments, you will need to be working in a teaching or teaching related/support position/leadership position.

Access to the course is through completion of a written application form. Applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement may still be considered for a place following an application and informal interview process. Early application is advised as places are limited.

The normal intake is in September each year. For applicants with prior credits from previous study, or with significant experience, a start in year 2 of the programme may be possible as a result of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme. Applicants whose credits and/or experience are recognised through this scheme may also be able to gain direct entry to Year 2 of the programme. 

The Admissions/RPL Tutor, Andrew Pearce, can provide more information on the RPL process and suggested entry points on +44 (0) 113 283 7100 ext. 433 or​.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £5,500 a year for this course in 2019-20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studyingFind out more
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What really stood out to me was the support I received from the staff. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the opportunity to look at education from an academic perspective. I'm now working as a Senior Lecturer in the ICE department!
Alex Ford MA Education - Senior Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University

​All our students work in full time or part time professional positions during their study. Upon graduation, students report that their study impacts on their professional practice and opportunities for progression/promotion. Graduates from the programme say that the confidence, knowledge and skills they have gained from studying on the MA in Education have helped them secure posts with additional responsibility, and that the MA degree has been a key factor in promotion to leadership and management positions.

This is what our students say about their study with us:

  • 'The delivery of the modules has been high quality, and I feel that I am more than prepared for the assignments' (Secondary Assistant Head)
  • 'There is a prodigious level of support on the course; help has been exceptional' (Further Education Tutor)
  • 'I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It is expertly led, interesting and empowering' (Secondary Subject Leader)
  • 'I think that the effect on pupils of my doing the MA has been very positive.’ (Primary NQT)
  • ‘I have had time to really think about the theory behind what I’m doing, and revise practice accordingly, even whilst working in a very busy profession! The support from tutors has been fantastic and helped me to juggle effectively both my work and my study.’ (Secondary Science Teacher)
  • ‘As an aspiring leader I am looking forward to using the skills I have acquired from the programme. My teaching practice will continue to be shaped by this extremely valuable and worthwhile learning experience.’ (Secondary Geography Teacher)

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