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MA Education

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2023

Our MA Education course is an ideal course if you are passionate about education and want to improve your skills. Employers looking to fill leadership and advanced practitioner roles are increasingly looking for candidates with a master's degree, demonstrating their level of understanding of the sector.

Whether you want to build your skills in a current teaching role, or start a career in education or academic research, this course gives you the tools to begin applying advanced teaching techniques in a professional setting.


Our MA Education programme gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after you experience of the core curriculum in year one. We introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the pathway which leads to your chosen career.

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MA Education

What will I study on this pathway?

For those who would like choice and breadth as part of postgraduate study, the main MA Education pathway provides the most flexibility. The programme will encourage you to consider education in all its forms, from formal learning and training to compulsory education. You will have the opportunity to meaningfully contextualize learning within your own area of practice or interest. It is a pathway designed to develop a holistic skillset and enable you to choose the modules that are the best fit for your interests and professional aspirations. Through the programme, you will also engage with research and will have the opportunity to introduce a research-based intervention.

You will graduate with MA Education.

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MA Practice Education

What will I study on this pathway?

This pathway is for those who teach and support learning within a practice setting. The programme is tailored to the practice environment with opportunities to engage with topics that showcase the often-unique nature of practice-based learning, the challenges faced by your learners and tools to develop your practice. You will also delve deeper into educational theory, supervising and mentoring others and self-reflection. Through the programme, you will also engage with research and will have the opportunity to introduce a research-based intervention within your practice setting.

You will graduate with MA Practice Education.

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MA Positive Education

What will I study on this pathway?

We are delighted to offer this collaborative offer with Psychology. The MA Positive Education pathway is designed to help you understand how to apply the principles of positive psychology to education. As practitioners- and learners- you will consider ways to support and develop wellbeing as an integral part of education. You will examine topics and theories related to self-care and wellbeing, critically consider evidence-based interventions in education and have the opportunity to plan and implement a research project within your own setting.

You will graduate with MA Positive Education.

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MA Education Advanced Standing

Applying for our advanced standing entry is an ideal choice if you already hold a postgraduate qualification in the field of education and you want to study on our MA education pathway. You will be able to make use of your existing postgraduate certificate, so if you have a 60 credit PGCert, applying for the advanced standing entry makes the most sense. You can gain the same qualification with a lower cost and with reduced module requirements. You will study the same modules as the MA education course except: Applying Principles and Theory of Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

You will graduate with MA Education.

Why study this subject?

Employers looking to fill leadership and advanced practitioner roles are increasingly looking for candidates with a master's level understanding. Education and teaching is an interesting and varied career with lots of different options for you to discover.

Choosing to study education is not just choosing to further your skills as a teacher, its also choosing to grow your experience of mentoring, care, research and a young person’s development. We've designed this course for those who have an interest in working in a range of areas including:

  • primary education
  • secondary education
  • higher and further education
  • practice education in health and social care.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At BNU, our teaching is centred around you. We make sure you get the professional support you need, backed up with professionally experienced lecturers. Assignments have been designed to enable you to focus on issues relevant to your professional context, providing you with the opportunity to combine theory with practice.

Our MA Education has been developed with your needs in mind. It offers a great deal of flexibility both in its structure and in the way that the teaching is delivered. This flexibility allows students to design their studies to meet professional interests and areas of practice.

In addition to this, BNU can provide you with a campus environment only 35 minutes from London, with our apps anywhere service allowing you to use software and apps from home. This way you can study from the comfort of your own home.

Our goal at BNU is to offer you a course that helps you reach your professional and personal goals within the world of education, with the support of professional lecturers and sector insight from people who have been there. We combine this with a facility close to London, where you can study both on campus and on home. We believe this course prepares you for whatever you might face in the future.

What facilities can I use?

Everything that is required for the study of this course is located across our 3 campuses. In addition, we have a 24 hour library for your use, with IT software, computers and the information you need. We also have apps anywhere that allows you to study from the comfort of your own home.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our course provides useful professional development opportunities for you if you are already working as a teacher, or a meaningful introduction to the field for those seeking a career in education who have opportunities to apply the learning in practice. 

The focus of your engagement with the assessment process will be negotiated with a member of the programme team to ensure that assessed work responds to your interests and career aspirations. Your second year of study will focus on the development of an extended work project. This assessment is an exciting opportunity to frame a significant piece of work in your area of interest with a view to sharing this externally.

Some of the ways you will be assessed include:

  • practical and oral assessments
  • presentation
  • professional conversations with your lecturer

MA Education Programme Specification

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Application Guide


For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.


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Postgraduate Open Days

Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.


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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.


What are the course entry requirements?

Individuals with an undergraduate degree, typically 2.1 or higher, with an interest in pursuing a career in education.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to the value of 30 credits is available within the master's framework. It is possible to APL against either Capturing Professional Education or Mentoring in the Practice Setting/ Principles of Practice Education. It is not possible to APL against the research modules. Where APL is sought, there is a requirement that it must have been conferred within the last 5 years.

Advanced Standing entry

Our advanced standing entry is an ideal choice if you already hold a postgraduate qualification in the field of education, allowing you to use your existing credits towards a full master’s degree. If you have a 60 credit PGCert, you can gain the same qualification with a lower cost, and with reduced module requirements. Our PGCert Practice Education course is a great option if you wish to increase your knowledge of practice education and then go on to study our MA.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

MA Education Pathway
MA Positive Education Pathway
MA Practice Education Pathway
MA Education (Advanced Standing) Pathway

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£5,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

An MA in Education allows you to engage with a aspect of educational practice in depth, giving you knowledge and expertise that enables you to build confidence and inspire.

Completing this course is also a springboard to further academic research, such as an EdD or PhD. Many of our graduates go on to become senior educators in primary, secondary and higher education, as well as published researchers.

Course leader

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Rebecca Rochon
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Dr Matthew Smith
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