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University of Buckingham: Residential Education

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


The MA in Residential Education is a one year, part-time course for those working in or with an interest in boarding schools. It is offered in partnership with the Boarding Schools Association. This course allows those with experience in boarding, who are keen to research, to write about a topic of interest to them. The heart of the MA is a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. You will do a literature review, which informs your dissertation, and you will learn about different research methods. You will be expected to read widely. To take this MA you only need to spend one day away from your school. The course starts in September. Applicants may be from state or independent boarding schools in the UK or abroad.

Why should I do this MA? - 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 can benefit from the MA framework as it gives them an opportunity to discover recent research in education and to challenge their own best practice

  • This is a unique form of professional development for those that work in boarding schools

  • Not only will you learn about recent research relating to boarding, but you will also learn how to do your own research.

  • This is a more economical way to complete an MA compared to courses offered by other universities

  • Gaining a Master’s in Education can be an excellent form of professional development and can help you in developing your own career as a qualification that is taken seriously by employers

  • You can complete this course through distance learning and still receive individual support from an experienced tutor

  • Once agreed, it is a chance to pursue your own area of interest within boarding and to discover the latest work in this area

  • You will find the course intellectually stimulating and challenging

Course content - Establishing your research focus

  • Discovering relevant literature and how to write a literature review

  • What is expected of Level 7 academic writing?

  • How to navigate the topic of research methodology

  • Planning your dissertation

  • Ethical considerations when researching


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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.

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