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Course details

Subject area

Education

Start date(s)

2020, 2021

Study mode(s)

Part time (3 years)

Course overview

The MA Education is a part-time programme designed to develop and strengthen your identity, critical confidence and academic expertise as a serving educational professional – whether you’re in the early stages of your education career or you have extensive experience. 

This MA puts emphasis on broadening your critical perspective on education, with a carefully weighted balance between sector-wide and context-specific content and tasks. Dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will guide you through varied philosophical and disciplinary positions, with a focus on supporting you in articulating and strengthening your own expert critical voice.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Financial support

You may be eligible for a scholarship or discount to help fund your postgraduate studies.

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About this course

We’ve designed the course to lead you through established and emerging debates about policy and practice.

Through a developmental sequence of modules, you will strengthen your skills of critically reflective practice and practical enquiry. You’ll receive specialist training in thinking further and deeper about the complexity and challenges of education, as well as its possibilities. Throughout the MA, we’ll encourage you to reflect on your own priorities and interests, enabling you to shape and influence good practice in your workplace.

The course brings together educational professionals from a wide variety of contexts: early years, primary education, secondary education, special education, further and higher education. Students range from early career teachers to senior leaders and managers to those who support learning, and this diverse mix ensures sessions encompass multiple perspectives, broadening perception out from the practice of each singular workplace.

Our programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, with evening and weekend sessions sensibly spaced over each year. Learning is supported through access to the 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. Each module comes with a comprehensive handbook, reading list and detailed support for assessment, both with process and product.

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Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Reflecting on Professional Practice

This involves analysis of the foundations of reflective practice in education, its theoretical underpinnings, and its relation to other disciplines.

Contemporary Perspectives on Education

This is a sequence of lectures, guest lectures and seminars on different, highly topical issues in education. You’ll cover topics such as Neuroscience and the Learning Brain, Gender and Transgender in Education, Social Justice and Disadvantage, Teacher Resilience and the Evolving Identity, Role and Uses of Research in Educational settings. 

Investigating Professional Practice 

This will help you to think about the issues related to investigating your own practice. You’ll explore the history of action research as a form of democratic research and engaged social action. You’ll also investigate issues of agency, community and collaboration in relation to action research.

Research Methods for Education 

You’ll focus on methods appropriate to the broad and complex field of education. This will culminate in the construction of your own fully justified research proposal.

Dissertation

This will prepare you to develop a research proposal, and then to carry out your research on an aspect of your own professional practice or a current issue in education. Bespoke support will be offered by a dedicated supervisor chosen for their connection to your interests, with regular top-up training offered throughout the dissertation year to support your independent study – for example in data analysis.

Course Structure

This is a part-time course that consists of three year-long phases. For applicants with existing relevant Level 7 credits, or significant relevant experience, entry directly into Phase 2 may be possible through the Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

PhaseSemestersModulesTime commitments
Phase One
Postgraduate Certificate
(60 credits)
Semester One –
Mid-September until
Mid-February
Reflecting on
Professional Practice
(30 credits)
8 x 3-hour evening
sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing
Phase One
Postgraduate Certificate
(60 credits)
Semester Two –
Late February until July
Contemporary
Perspectives on
Education
(30 credits)
8 x 3-hour evening
sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing
Phase Two
Postgraduate Diploma
(120 credits)
Semester One –
Mid-September until
Mid-February
Investigating
Professional Practice
(30 credits)
8 x 3-hour evening
sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing
Phase Two
Postgraduate Diploma
(120 credits)
Semester Two –
Late February until July
Research Methods for
Education
(30 credits)
8 x 3-hour evening
sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing
Phase Three
MA Education
(180 credits)
Year-long Dissertation
(60 credits)
3 x 6-hour Saturday
sessions plus 2 x
3-hour evening

 

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your 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
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a range of written forms, presentations and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills  you’ll develop within the programme.

Employability-relevant forms of presentation and critique – including posters, information leaflets and evidence-based briefs – are also used.

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your topic of choice for the written summative assessment undertaken. There are no exams.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

The normal entry requirement is an honours degree and a teaching qualification from the UK. You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching/training/supporting/managing learning role in an educational context to allow you to complete the assignments.

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

Please contact our Admissions Tutor, Andrew Pearce, for more information about entry points and the Recognition of Prior Learning process on 0113 283 7100 ext. 433 or a.pearce@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you are eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Additional costs

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

How to apply

Download the application form below.

Return the completed form to our admissions team:

admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk 

Admissions Team
Leeds Trinity University
Horsforth
Leeds
LS18 5HD

What happens next?

They will acknowledge receipt of your application by email, process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within three days.

The programme leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

This will usually be by presenting the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student administration office (AM36) on campus.

Download ma-education-application-form.docx

Receive an alumni discount

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA  Tuition fees. 

See our Student Finance pages for further information.

Why study with us?

There is no shortage of MA Education providers, so why should you choose to study your MA at Leeds Trinity University?

Leeds Trinity University was founded as a teacher training college in 1966.

Although we’ve diversified and expanded over the years, a commitment to developing outstanding educators and being at the heart of contemporary education debates has remained at the heart of what we do.

Education is constantly changing, so we make sure our course reflects this by responding to emerging issues and challenges.

Our seminars are characterised by lively topical discussion, provocative questioning, and a focus on finding solutions to ‘real world’ educational challenges.

Your individual experience is a valued part of this debate, and you will be able to both give and receive context-specific narratives about the ways in which policy is interpreted and enacted in diverse educational settings.

With our extensive network of education contacts and partners in all areas of education, we will help you gain a new perspective beyond
your institution – at local, national and international levels.

You will meet and share experiences with practitioners from different phases, sectors, and locations and learn from expert speakers, who will share their research and narratives about their own career pathways.

Many of our alumni report that their MA experiences have been a crucial step in their career progression or career diversification, offering a 'wide-angle lens' on education that has helped them stand out from their peers when seeking promotion or new employment.

Our course is designed and delivered by active researchers with extensive experience in education.

Our module leaders will share a breadth of expertise gathered from careers in schools, work-based learning, educational publishing, academic research and assessment. 

They’ll work with you to develop your own research practice and academic writing, as well as sharing a wide range of challenging and stimulating texts written by the leading experts in education.

Your MA Education may only last for up to three years, but you’ll be able to access lifelong learning opportunities as a Leeds Trinity graduate.

Our alumni mentor our PGCE trainees, write and publish books with our academics, and contribute to local and national conferences and seminars.

This thriving community of MA Education graduates stays connected to the course, sharing narratives of their experiences of study, and their  resulting career advancements.

If you have existing Level 7 credits or significant relevant experience, you may be able to enter directly on to Phase Two of the MA through our Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

If you have studied your PGCE at Leeds Trinity, for example, you will have gained 60 credits which you can use towards your MA – this will enable you to progress straight to the second year, reducing your MA time and costs by a year.

#LTEN

You will become a member of the Leeds Trinity Education Network (LTEN), and receive regular updates on blogs, podcasts, case studies, and CPD.