Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Education and Professional Enquiry

This part-time degree is aimed at teachers and school leaders who want to explore the potential of evidence-based practice in the classroom.

You’ll develop in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning alongside advanced skills in professional enquiry, improving your research skills and learning to analyse the evidence you gather. We believe that better understanding of school-based research not only supports professionals, but allows them to make their own practice more effective and contribute to school improvement.

Through a series of Saturday schools and time spent on research of your own, you’ll study core modules exploring how evidence-based practice can help you to develop teaching and learning. You’ll also complete a research project of your own.

Taught by experts and experienced practitioners, this programme will equip you with the skills to become an effective practitioner-researcher, as well as broadening your skills and enhancing your prospects of promotion.

This programme will allow you to benefit from the full range of expertise of our academic teams, which focus on Language, Childhood and Youth, and Teaching and Learning. That means you’ll have access to the knowledge and experience of leading researchers and experienced practitioners across a diverse range of topics.

In your first year you’ll take a core module that introduces you to evidence-based practice, exploring different practical and theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning and equipping you with skills in professional enquiry. Key themes include a particular focus on language and learning in the classroom and overcoming barriers to learning.

You’ll develop your knowledge and skills in the following year. Leading Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice builds directly on the knowledge and skills you gained in the previous year. A further core module in your final year will allow you to demonstrate the professional enquiry skills you’ve gained during the programme.

Your dissertation is an independent piece of practice-based research related to your professional interests – in fact, it’s guided by the priorities of your school, meaning that your work will be able to contribute to its success.

Course structure

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

You’ll study one compulsory module in each year.

Year 1Compulsory modules
- Developing Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice
Year 2Compulsory modules
- Leading Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice
Year 3Compulsory modules
- Critical Study/Dissertation

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

Learning and teaching

This programme is designed to fit around your workload as a teacher. As a result, the core module in Year One and Leading Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice in Year Two are taught through four intensive Saturday schools held at the University.


You’ll be assessed largely through written work that you submit for each of your modules. This will usually take the form of essays and your final dissertation. Assignments for the modules are school-based enquiry activities, which combine gathering empirical data and reviewing current educational research through literature.

Entry requirements

This degree is open to graduates with Qualified Teacher Status who are employed as teachers when they apply. Applicants must also hold a bachelor (hons) degree.

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 generally advise you to apply before the end of July.


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

Evidence of your Qualified Teacher Status and accredited M level from your PGCE, or a portfolio of experiential learningIf English is not your first language, you will need to send us evidence of your English language qualifications.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £4,000

International: £10,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Because you study this programme part-time, you’ll pay on a pro rata basis, splitting the cost equally across all three years.

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 a professional doctorate such as the EdD qualification.

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