Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Education

This flexible programme is aimed at educators and education professionals that want to gain additional knowledge and skills to help improve their practice through a general, rather than specialised, programme of master's level study.

MA Education is unique in the School of Education insofar as there are no modules dedicated to, or associated with, the programme; instead, you select modules that interest you from the other specialised MA programmes offered. These may be modules that explore different aspects of educational leadership, the use of technology to support learning, child development, or 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 dissertation on a related topic.

With our excellent library resources and your own experience of working in an education context, 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.

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 at these times.

You should also be aware that the part-time option – if permitted, which will be at the discretion of the programme leader and will depend on your circumstances and experience – is likely to prolong your period of study, and this may present difficulties: for example, the discontinuation of a module that you had anticipated taking, or changes to staffing which may impact upon the supervision of your dissertation.

You’ll take a core module that explores the principles and methods of educational research, and introduces you to issues such as research ethics and the use of research to improve educational practice for individuals and organisations. You’ll also study two of three additional modules on research methods to expand and sharpen your skills.

You’ll apply your new understanding of the concepts and benefits of educational research to your own dissertation, in preparation for which you'll consult regularly with your appointed 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 dissertation on a topic or issue that matches the available supervisory expertise within 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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Global Learning in UK Primary Schools 30 credits
  • Contemporary Global Challenges in Education Policy and Leadership Practice 30 credits
  • Critical Perspectives on Leadership Theory and Practice 30 credits
  • Directed Study in Education 1 30 credits
  • Philosophical underpinning of educational research 15 credits
  • Qualitative data: processes of collection, interpretation and analysis 15 credits
  • Introduction to quantitative data analysis 15 credits
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
  • Learning with Digital Technologies 30 credits
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments 30 credits
  • Technology, Education and Society 30 credits
  • Digital Learning in Practice 30 credits
  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning 15 credits
  • Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches 30 credits
  • Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Curriculum 30 credits
  • Understanding A-Level Mathematics 30 credits
  • Learning and teaching A-level Mathematics 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
  • Theorizing Childhood and Youth 30 credits
  • Research with Children and Young People 30 credits
  • On-screen, off-screen: children's creativity and cultures 30 credits
  • Children and young people: citizenship, participation and social justice 30 credits
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary 15 credits
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
  • Learning and Language in Primary Classrooms 30 credits
  • Teacher Education for TESOL 15 credits
  • The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change 15 credits
  • Assessing Language Learning 15 credits
  • Materials Development for TESOL 15 credits

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. The methods of teaching and learning that you will encounter depend on which specific modules you choose. 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, we use other assessment approaches, such as poster presentations or reflective logs.

Entry requirements

Candidates will need a bachelor (hons) degree plus two years’ experience as a practitioner in education in any sector: for example, in a school, college, or within higher education. We consider applicants with alternative experience on a case-by-case basis.

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.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

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 these institutions.

  • A personal statement of 750-1000 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 your English isn’t perfect.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £6,750 (total)

International: £15,750 (total)

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.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

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 may be 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

As a student on this programme, you will already be established in the field of teaching. Many of our students receive sponsorship and support from their employers or governments as part of their continued professional development.

You’ll develop your skills in research and analysis, and the insights gained from your studies will help to inform your professional practice. Some students who achieve a distinction in the final assessment of their MA programme may also decide to pursue further research at PhD or EdD level.

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