Education MA

Taught Higher Degree, Part-time

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • Part Time
Doctor of Education



Newman has expanded its masters level provision aimed specifically at educational professionals teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support roles in recognition of the importance of sustained professional development.

We offer a generic MA Education and also specialist routes: MA Education (Leadership and Management), MA Education (Learning and Teaching), MA Education (Mentoring and Coaching), MA Education (PG Cert Inclusion and SEN), MA Education (PG Cert Catholic School Leadership), MA Education (PG Cert Early Childhood Education and Care) MA Education (PG Cert Safeguarding) MA Education (PG Cert Higher Education Practice)

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research.

You can also expect to further develop your knowledge, understanding, and skills in curriculum development. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise. If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.


Modules are based at Newman, usually delivered one evening per week. However, if there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you.

Part-time students have a maximum period of study of 5 years to complete an MA. However, an MA is typically completed over 2-3 years and we recommend that part-time students take 60 credits per year (i.e. 2×30 credit modules across the year). Full-time students have a maximum period of study of 3 years to complete an MA, but typically complete an MA in 18 months.


You will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features

You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred (free-of-charge) through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your masters level work.

Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you choose the following two modules – The Developing Child and Pedagogy in the Early Years – you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education.

Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and SEN

This certificate is designed for those who wish to develop their knowledge, understanding and practice to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities. The Postgraduate Certificate for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators is a mandatory award for newly-appointed SENCos in the first three years of taking up the post and also comes with an optional National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice

This Postgraduate Certificate addresses the early career development needs of academics and HE professionals who have a role in supporting HE student learning. Its key aim is to grow course members as purposeful and effective HE practitioners who will make a positive difference to Higher Education, their students and wider society over the course of their working lives. It comprises two year-long modules; Supporting Student Learning in HE and an Introduction to Academic Practice.

Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of professional practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to working with children, young people and families. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice (from the MA Education (Safeguarding)   module choices) and the compulsory Research Methods module, followed by the final dissertation. The PG cert comprises of 2 modules with one module being taught each semester on one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module, Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Vulnerability  and Children’s Voices, Rights and Representations.

Postgraduate Loans

For further information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master’s study click here

Entry Requirements

Honours degree

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email:

ContactDawn Picken (Faculty of Education Administrator) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2650) Email:


Course Fees

Fees per 30 credit module 2017/18* Home/EU students: £800

N.B. The above fees are per individual 30 credit module. A minimum of 180 credits are required to complete the MA Education.

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full masters degree programme if they have completed a full honours degree, full PGCE or full Masters programme at Newman. Staff employed in partner schools and colleges (which take our trainees on placement) are also eligible for a 10% discount on the MA Education programme. The 10% discount cannot be used in conjunction with each other.