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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.​ 

Course Benefits

  • 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

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​

​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.
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​​
UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £5,500 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studyingFind out more
​​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015​
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Amanda Fulford

​​​​​I've been involved with the MA Education since 2008 when I joined the University to lead and develop the course. 

I'm the Programme Leader for MA Education and teach on a number of modules. 

I teach the Developing Professional Practice module in the first year of the course

I also co-ordinate the final phase to support students with developing their skills and understanding in research methods for carrying out their dissertation research.


Academic staff profiles

​​MA Education is a part-time programme of professionally focused, academically rigorous postgraduate learning, that has been specifically designed for those working at all levels and in all sectors of education and training with children, young people and adults.

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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

Professional Work Placements

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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)
Following the course, you will be prepared for doctoral level study (PhD) here at Leeds Trinity.

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​Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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