Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Education

This flexible programme is aimed at educators and education professionals who want to gain additional knowledge and skills to help improve their practice.

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules taught by leading researchers, which explore different aspects of educational leadership, use of technology to support learning, child development and teaching English to speakers of other languages among others. At the same time, you’ll build your knowledge of educational research methods and apply them to your own critical study of a related topic.

With our excellent library resources and your own teaching experience, you’ll be in a great position to pursue your interests and focus on the topics that suit your career ambitions. You’ll also improve your skills in written and oral communication, analysis, research, leadership qualities and data collection – all vital for a career in any sector of education.

This programme is unique in that you may draw upon the expertise across the School of Education. That means you’ll have access to the knowledge and experience of leading researchers across a diverse range of topics.

Supported by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, which provides research training and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, you’ll develop your skills in a stimulating environment.

This programme may also be studied part-time in exceptional circumstances, but it is important to emphasise we offer no special provision for part-time students – teaching sessions and meetings generally occur during the working day, so if you are considering applying for part-time status you must ensure that you are able to attend these.

Throughout the programme you’ll take a core module introducing you to the principles and methods of educational research, as well as issues such as ethics and using research to improve educational practice for both individuals and organisations. You’ll be expected to study two of three additional modules on research methods to expand and sharpen your skills.

You’ll demonstrate what you’ve learned through your own critical study, where you’ll consult regularly with your supervisor as you independently research an educational topic that may or may not be related to your own practice. We can only accept you onto the programme if, at the application stage, you propose a critical study on a topic or issue that matches the available supervisory expertise within the School of Education.

Across the year you’ll also select from optional modules reflecting the research interests of academic staff in the School of Education.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

There are two compulsory modules on this programme, including your critical study. You’ll then have to study and pass at least two of the three optional research methods modules, and you’ll normally take two or three from the full range of optional modules available. Some modules are only available in alternate years.

Compulsory modulesOptional modules
- Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education
- Critical Study
- Philosophical underpinning of educational research
- Qualitative data: processes of collection, interpretation and analysis
- Introduction to quantitative data analysis

Further options are listed in the catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Education MA in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including weekly seminars, group learning, tutorials, fieldwork, online learning and lectures. Independent study is also vital, as it allows you to pursue your interests and develop high-level skills.


Most assessment is by written essay. Occasionally assessment is by other approaches, such as poster presentations or reflective logs.

Entry requirements

Candidtates will need a bachelor (hons) degree plus 2 years’ experience as a practitioner in education, in any sector (e.g. schools, colleges, or higher education). We consider applicants with alternative experience.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

We usually advise that you apply before the end of July where possible to allow plenty of time for the application process. If you’re applying for any funding, you should also think about submitting your application at least a month before the deadline.


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Documents and information you need

A copy of your degree certificate and transcript of your results, or a partial one if you’re still studying

Evidence of your English language qualifications if English is not your first language.

Two references – if you have studied at an English-speaking higher education institution, you should nominate references from academic staff at this/these institutions(s).

A personal statement of 750-1,000 words, explaining why you would be suited to the programme. This should not simply be about yourself and your life experiences - it should be specific to this programme and include your reasons for applying for this programme, as well as your reasons for applying to the University of Leeds in particular. Avoid using general terms, such as ‘your esteemed university’ – which could apply to any university. The personal statement should be written by you alone – do not use an agency or a proof-reader; we want to see what you can write without any help from anyone else. It doesn’t matter if the English isn’t perfect!

A proposal for the critical study you wish to undertake in semester 2. This, too, must be written by you alone and should be around 400words in length. It should identify the issue or topic that you wish to research and indicate how you would go about doing the research – what questions you would be seeking to answer, what sample you envisage using, etc. and why you are interested in this issue or topic. It is important that your critical study matches the expertise and interests of at least one member of academic staff in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, so you should look at the profiles of academic staff on the School of Education website to find out what their interests and expertise are. If there is no one in the School of Education who is able to supervise your critical study, we shall be unable to accept you onto the programme. Once accepted, you may not change the topic or focus of your critical study from that proposed at the application stage, since we shall have negotiated supervision at this stage.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £6,000

International: £15,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Every student on this programme is already established in teaching, and many receive sponsorship and support from their own schools as part of their continued professional development. You’ll develop your skills in research and analysis, and the insights gained from your studies may help to inform your teaching practice. Some students may also decide to pursue further research at PhD or EdD level.

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