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University of Derby: Education (with optional specialist pathways)

Institution University of Derby View institution profile
Department Institute of Education
Telephone 01332 591167
Study type Taught


Broaden your professional knowledge and enhance your career potential on a challenging masters course aimed at the educational leaders of the future.

  • Explore education in its fullest sense – from its pivotal role in society to the theories, policies and practices that influence and enhance it

  • Take a flexible approach to learning: gain a broad-based masters degree or focus on your particular area of interest via our specialist pathways

  • Benefit from professional development opportunities in sectors ranging from early years to schools, further, higher and community education

  • Keep up to date with the latest educational developments, inspired by a friendly teaching team who will share their extensive specialist knowledge with you

Whether you aspire to a new career in education or want to take your existing career to the next level, our MA Education course will give you the insight, skills and knowledge to become a high-calibre and dynamic education professional. It could be a vital stepping stone to management and leadership roles.

Choose a route to suit your needs We offer an exciting range of options to match your MA studies with your personal interests and ambitions. You can complete a broad-based masters degree in education or pursue one of our specialist pathways.

Early Childhood The Early Childhood pathway is right for you if you are interested in exploring childhood from a wide range of critical perspectives. You will reflect on the nature of childhood; how has our understanding of childhood emerged? What are the completing discourses within early childhood? This pathway will make you think about childhood and how the adults in their lives have 'constructed' the worlds in which children find themselves. You will also be given the opportunity to look at how things have changed with regards to the expectation of having a highly qualified and critically reflective professional workforce.

Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability This pathway will allow you to develop a contemporary understanding of the current dilemmas and challenges associated with: special education, disability, impairment and inclusion. It also addresses the lived experiences of those with additional needs. You will have the opportunity to reflect on inclusive and special educational practices, discussing and debating these with others. You will critically analyse material relevant to disability, inclusion and special education and discuss texts in a seminar context, thereby deepening your awareness of key topics.

Leadership and Management This pathway is for you if you're interested in how leadership and management work. It is suitable for practitioners working in a variety of settings: primary, secondary, FE and HE, Adult or Community Learning and who wish to review or update their practice, and develop their careers. The pathway is also suitable for those who wish to gain knowledge in this specialist area at any point in their careers.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) In this pathway of the MA Education, you will explore how languages are learnt, understand how to meet the needs of learners from diverse linguistic backgrounds and explore the current pedagogy in the field of English language teaching. The MA Education TESOL pathway is for you if you're interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of how languages are learnt and meeting the needs of learners from diverse linguistic backgrounds.

You can also study the MA on a part-time basis. Find out more about our MA Education (part-time).


University of Derby

At the University of Derby, our focus is on industry-relevant, expert teaching to help you prepare for a successful career.

We offer a range of postgraduate courses across a wide variety of subjects; many are accredited by industry bodies. You’ll work with an academic team that has years of industry experience and a passion for applied research. And you’ll be part of a diverse community of students, including many from countries around the world.

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