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Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1790 Points
1 Year

Program Description

Education is a discipline, encompassing many elements including concepts of teaching, learning and pedagogy. Understanding how people learn and are educated is a subject of great depth and variety. In fact, learning and education is not uniformly understood worldwide and can vary from country to country, region to region and culture to culture.

Whether you’re an experienced teacher looking to acquire a higher academic qualification, and progress in the profession, someone with a keen interest in the subject of education or wishing to change to a more educational career route, this course will take you on a rich learning journey of your own.

The Education MA is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in the subject of education. The programme will provide opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of key theories, concepts and methodologies in the study of education.

The aim of the course is to help you understand the different disciplinary perspectives that inform the field of education, to engage in critical discussion on current issues and contemporary educational questions and to encourage global perspectives on educational policy and practice.

Along the way you will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of methodological approaches and the independence and confidence to undertake educational research for others or your own professional interests.

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Special Educational Needs and Disability and Inclusion

Leadership and Management

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

Professional Practice and Pedagogy

Course Content

The Education MA will equip you with knowledge and understanding of a range of methodological approaches and the independence and confidence to undertake educational research for your own professional interests.

Your learning is made up of a core set of study blocks, and compulsory/optional MA specialism assessment blocks depending on whether you wish to specialise.

The flexible structure of the course allows you to cover a range of core and specialist content tailored to your pathway. If you decide not to select a pathway, you can select the assessments that most interest you.

The MA programme structure consists of study blocks and a dissertation module. The study blocks include:

1. Disciplines of Education
2. Issues and Perspectives in Education
3. Theory and Methodology of Educational Research
4. Comparative and International Education

There are Assessment Blocks associated with each of the above mentioned Study Blocks, which students will normally need to complete, unless they have obtained exemptions.


Theory and Methodology of Educational Research

The aims of this study block are to understand a range of philosophical and methodological stances underpinning educational research, to explain how a methodological perspective and the theorisation of the object of study influences the design of an educational research project, and to critique and interrogate the design of a particular piece of educational research.

Issues and Perspectives in Education

The aims of this study block are to know and understand a range of issues and debates in the contemporary field of education, to understand the policy context of education, to understand and account for differences in perspective on educational questions, and to offer a reasoned contribution to a contemporary educational debate.

Comparative and International Education

Comparative and International Education

Disciplines in Education

The aims of this study block are to understand the major disciplines underpinning the study of education, with a particular focus on the philosophy, history, sociology and psychology of education, and to understand education as a field of study, to understand the complexities of studying educational practice and to critically assess the significance of different disciplinary perspectives for educational research and practice.


The dissertation is the most substantial single piece of work undertaken during the MA Education degree course. It builds upon knowledge, understanding and skills that students develop during the taught part of the module. To be eligible for the award of MA Education (with specialism, as appropriate), the topic, title and work completed for the dissertation must clearly address the chosen specialism.


The Education MA will enhance your employment and career opportunities in complex professional environments that require sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative.


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