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University of Buckingham: Education

Institution University of Buckingham View institution profile
Department Education
Telephone 01327 850388
Study type Taught


Our MA in Education is a one year, part-time course for teachers and school leaders to develop expertise in the field of education through critical evaluation of research and scholarship. The course builds on learning from a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) but it is not necessary to have taken a PGCE to take the MA. The course consists of a literature review, which informs a research project to explore an educational issue with a view to improving the candidate’s own professional practice or that of others. The study culminates in a dissertation involving a candidate’s own project in their school or research in a wider field of education. To take this MA you only need to spend one day away from your school. This course starts in September.

What is the point of doing an MA when I have a PGCE or am an experienced teacher?

  • Professionals do not stop learning at any stage in their working lives. Doctors and lawyers, for example, have to have regular refresher courses. In the same way teachers need a framework like an MA within which to learn about recent research in education and be prompted to consider whether they could be even better at what they do.

  • Not only will you learn about recent research in education, but you will also learn how to research in education.

  • Having taken the trouble to gain this qualification will show your employer and future employers that you are a serious, professional employee.

  • You will find the course intellectually stimulating.

Course content

The course requires attendance at a one-day seminar at the University of Buckingham and covers the following topics:

  • Conducting a literature review

  • Academic writing of a literature review and critical evaluation

  • Research methods

  • Project/dissertation planning and design

  • Ethics in educational research


The University of Buckingham


About Buckingham

We offer postgraduate programmes across a varied mix of subject areas: Security and Intelligence, Psychology, International Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy, Business, Data Science, Law, Finance, Medicine and Education.

Our taught programmes have a similar amount of contact time as an undergraduate degree. They are made up of a range of modules that are delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and will enable you to develop a higher level of expertise.

“Buckingham helped me to achieve my education goal through support, encouragement and inspiration.” …

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