Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Teaching (part-time)

This part-time programme for newly qualified primary and secondary teachers will allow you to improve your skills while deepening your understanding of how children learn.

You’ll focus on teaching, learning and assessment, with an emphasis on practical skills and school-based learning. Your classroom experience will inform your understanding of current theories and research in education – and vice versa. Our online community will also allow you to share ideas and insights with fellow teachers.

As well as key theories on how children learn, you’ll study how aspects of children’s development, pupil behaviour and collaboration between teachers can affect their learning, the importance of observation and how to conduct classroom research.

Taught by a mixture of distance learning and Saturday and summer schools, it’s a flexible programme for teachers who want to develop their practice, broaden their career opportunities and enhance their prospects of early promotion.

You’ll be guided through your studies by experienced practitioners and leading academics in an internationally recognised research environment. Our expertise is spread across academic teams which focus on Language, Childhood and Youth, and Teaching and Learning, giving you access to a diverse range of knowledge and experience to develop your skills as a teacher.

In your first year you’ll begin to develop your understanding of factors impacting on children’s learning, from gender and ethnicity to emotional intelligence and socio-economic factors. You’ll also work on classroom observation techniques and put them to the test with a small scale research project.

You’ll build on this foundation in the following year, when you’ll focus on promoting learning and assessment with an awareness of developmental factors. You’ll put current educational theories into the context of your practice, thinking about national priorities like assessment for learning as well as the alternative approaches identified by recent research.

This knowledge will inform your dissertation, which makes up your final year. You’ll conduct independent school-based research to showcase your skills and form a major part of your continuing professional development.

Course structure

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

You’ll take one compulsory module in each year of the programme.

Year 1Compulsory modules
- Noticing and Observing for Professional Practice and Learning
Year 2Compulsory modules
- Promoting and Assessing Learning in the Classroom
Year 3Compulsory modules
- Critical Study/Dissertation

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

Learning and teaching

We use a mixture of teaching and learning methods to help you juggle your studies with your workload as a new teacher. You’ll attend summer and Saturday schools including a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition, you’ll be supported through distance learning materials and an online tutor, as well as an online community where you can discuss the programme with fellow students.


Your progress will mostly be assessed using reports, based on responses to reading tasks and school-based tasks you’ll submit throughout each module. You’ll also submit your dissertation of around 12,000 words by the end of the programme.

Entry requirements

This degree is open to graduates with Qualified Teacher Status who are employed as teachers when they apply.

You should also have a successful track record of achievement in written assignments and practical teaching.

In addition, you will need to 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 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 personal statement

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.

A personal statement of 750-1,000 words, explaining why you would be suited to the programme

Two references

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.

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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