Postgraduate Professional Development

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About this course

  • Entry year: 2014/15
  • Course code: X00042
  • Applications: University
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Department: Education
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: Up to five years
  • Delivery: Part-time. Starts September, January or April
  • Programme leader: Karen Lewis


This part-time modular course aims to support participants in developing as critically reflective practitioners with a broader and deeper understanding of their context, phase or subject.  Students are supported in analysing and carrying out small-scale enquiries, underpinned by and connecting theory with practice. The course includes portfolio and independent modules which do not require regular attendance at UWE, enabling flexible and distance study, as well as taught modules. The later stages of the course require attendance at one compulsory taught module, Researching Education, in advance of the Dissertation module.

Why study the MA Education?

  • We aim to produce critically reflective practitioners with a deeper understanding of their subject who link theory to practice on the basis of evidence based research
  • You will have access to research active staff with wide ranging experience and specialisms in Education
  • The MA Education is a flexible programme - you can choose from taught modules or work-based action enquiries, independent study or portfolios of professional development
  • You can use credits for modules studied here at UWE (eg. M Level in the PGCE), at other universities and for your first teaching degree plus QTS
  • It is possible to undertake single modules and build credits without committing to full MA

Find out more about ongoing professional development opportunities in Education.

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Student's view

Both the intrinsic and instrumental benefits of teachers' participation in the programme have been considerable. Teachers have been particularly positive about the opportunities gaining M-level credits have afforded them. Dr Bruce Butt, Associate Tutor at City Academy Bristol



To gain the award of MA Education you need to complete four 30 credit modules (one must be the compulsory research module) and write a substantial research dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.

If you have been teaching for a few years you may want to choose a portfolio route to enable you to reflect on your experience of learning and tailor your Master's degree to your own professional practice and school development plans. We can assist you with Action Enquiry initiatives.

Alternatively you can follow a range of taught modules in addition to independent study.

30 credits

FREE for those with a first teaching degree plus QTS

30 credits

From an optional module*

60 credits

Compulsory dissertation

30 credits

From an optional module* or FREE for those PGCE students with 30 M Level credits

30 credits

Researching Education (compulsory)


*Optional modules can be:

  1. Attending a taught module
  2. Action enquiry (research in your workplace)
  3. Portfolio routes 
  4. Writing up an area of work you are already engaged in

For more information about the MA Education taught modules you can view the following flyer: Example of modules available on the MA programme.

Hear what our students think about their time at UWE.

Leadership pathway (offered until and including 2013-2014)

60 credits

  • UTLGSP-20-M The Foundations of Learning
  • UTLGSS-20-M School Management and Leadership
  • UTLGST-20-N Leading and Managing Educational Change

120 credits

  • UTLGSQ-20-M Curriculum Leadership
  • UTLGSU-20-M Decision Making, Leadership and Motivation
  • UTLGSR-20-M Research Methods in Education
  • UTLGSV-60-M Final Project

Study time

The MA is a flexible modular programme and can be spread over five years. Taught modules take place on weekday evenings, starting at 17:00.


Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments, directed tasks, posters and short oral presentations.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Special Features

Study facilities

The Department of Education at UWE's Frenchay Campus has excellent facilities and resources for learning and teaching. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. The Department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Careers/further study


Part time (January 2015 Start)

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-15 Credit Module Fee429

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.


Entry requirements

Applicants normally have:

  • An honours or pass degree, together with
  • QTS or CertED plus several years of professional practice
  • A teaching qualification such as CertEdFE or PGCert FHAE together with professional practice

Up to 120 credits may be credited through Accredited Learning or Accredited Experiential Learning.

Please note: This course is not suitable for non UK teachers/educators.

How to apply

Please select the 'Apply for this course' option under Next Steps at the top of this page.

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