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