Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Education and Professional Enquiry

MA Education and Professional Enquiry is a part-time programme for experienced teachers that enables you to develop the skills to become an informed practitioner researcher.

You’ll gain theoretical and practical perspectives on teaching and learning, and we’ll help you apply such ideas to your classroom practice. You’ll look at language development and the importance of classroom and teacher-pupil dialogue, while also examining barriers to learning that impede pupils’ progress.

We’ll introduce you to the action-enquiry practitioner research cycle and other methodological approaches so you can use a range of techniques to inform your own professional practice. You’ll learn how to create, interpret and communicate your findings, evaluate current research, and interpret attainment data.

In addition we will work with you to orientate your professional practice within a school, leadership, policy and national context. You’ll investigate various definitions of school culture and ethos, and examine influencing factors. You’ll consider how to lead teaching and learning in a classroom, departmental and whole school contexts, and collaborative practice and leadership skills.

We’ll also examine developments in the school curriculum, innovative teaching methods and current issues in assessment, while helping you to manage effective group work in the classroom.

Supported professional development

MA Education and Professional Enquiry gives you the opportunity to build upon your existing qualifications and professional and academic experiences, and use these as part of your accreditation towards the programme. Studying further postgraduate modules and completing a dissertation in year three allows you to qualify for the full MA award. For details of the prior accreditation through M Level PGCE or a portfolio of experience, please contact the programme leader.

We recognise the demands put on all teachers working full-time, so we designed the MA Education and Professional Enquiry to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you and your school.

The programme only requires your attendance at eight Saturday teaching days in the first two years of the programme, alongside private study. When you write your dissertation under the supervision of a research-active academic in your third year, you will be able to access tutorial support either face-to-face, online or by telephone.

In your first year, you'll examine key contemporary theories on how children learn, develop and use language in the classroom and discover how to use theory to critically analyse classroom practice and facilitate effective teaching.

You'll also develop a critical and practical understanding of how to use appropriate research methods in the classroom and with teachers and learners, and learn how these techniques can help you evaluate, reflect upon, and improve your professional practice.

You will build on this foundation in the following year when you'll examine the concept of school "cultures", consider developments in school curriculum, and explore innovative teaching techniques that can support children's motivation, engagement and learning. You'll also study the importance of teacher collaboration and effective leadership in a classroom and managerial context.

This knowledge will inform your dissertation, which makes up your final year. You’ll conduct a small-scale research project that relates to your own interests in the field 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

  • Developing Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Leading Teaching and Learning Through Evidence-based Practice 30 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 60 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Education and Professional Enquiry MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We deliver this programme through eight Saturday schools over a two year period and a range of online learning materials to inform your own private study. The Saturday schools use a mix of lectures and seminars, and offer you the opportunity to meet with other teachers to exchange experiences and ideas. You can also organise your dissertation supervision to be face-to-face, online or by telephone in the third year.


We assess your progress for the first two years through the submission of two 3000 word assignments each year. Before you submit your assignments, there are opportunities for formative assessment by tutors and your peers and you will receive constructive feedback on your assignment ideas. You also submit a dissertation of 12,000 words by the end of your final year.

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

Please contact the admissions office for details on deadlines.


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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 learning.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to send us evidence of your English language qualifications.
  • Details of two referees.

Admissions policy

School of Education Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2019


UK/EU: £5,000 (total)

International: £11,667 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

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 an established teacher, MA Education and Professional Enquiry will provide you with an opportunity to develop your professional practice to become a more effective teacher and a researcher-practitioner. Developing your skills in educational research and analysis can lead to promotion, and the programme also provides a pathway to study and research at doctoral level, either a PhD or the EdD.

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