Online MA Education

Key facts
  • Start date:
    1st May 2023
  • App Deadline:
    7th April 2023
  • Duration:
    24 months
  • Entry requirements:
    A 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject with relevant work experience.
  • Language requirements:
    IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Online learning fees:
    UK and International: £15,000
    Cost per module: £2,500 GBP

    *For students (UK) starting in May 2023, we are offering a £5,000 Global Excellence Scholarship.

Online MA in Education Programme

graduate in 2 years

Graduate in 2 years

More than 165 years of experience in education and teacher training.

100% online

100% online. No on campus attendance required.

Ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide by Global QS World University Rankings 2022

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Affordable fee of £15,000*

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Dedicated student success advisor

6th in the UK for world-leading & internationally excellent research in Education (REF 2014).

100% online.

No on campus attendance required.

Online MA Education

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About the Online MA Education Programme

Enhance learning. Redefine education.

If you are an experienced educator looking for your next professional challenge, our Master of Arts in Education offers advanced learning and development opportunities. Taught by world-class faculty, this flexible and rigorous degree provides a rich curriculum examining theory, research, policy and practice in education globally.

Our advanced degree suits anyone interested in leadership and management in the education industry. It is also appropriate for students with limited prior experience that have a keen interest in education and are seeking employment or a promotion in a wide range of educational settings. 

  • Teachers from nursery school right through to university 
  • Education administrators and officers
  • Specialists working in Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
  • Trainers and mentors 

Please note: This programme does not qualify you to be a teacher in England as it does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why Exeter’s Master of Arts in Education?

We are an award-winning institution with over 165 years of education experience. Upon completing our MA Education programme, you will gain the skills required to succeed and progress into leadership roles within various occupations with an educational remit.

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A Russell Group University

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Ranked top 125 in the world for Education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022)

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More than 165 years of experience in Education and teacher training

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Ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)

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Ranked 15th by Guardian University Guide 2022

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100% of our Education research has internationally excellent impact*
*Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* REF 2021

*For students (UK) starting in May 2023, we are offering a £5,000 Global Excellence Scholarship. 

Programme Delivery 

We’ve designed our MA Education to suit those balancing existing commitments. The programme is presented entirely online, and you can download free course materials at any time. 

Our programme integrates four core themes that underpin each module’s curriculum content.

  • Theory: Critically examine educational theories such as learning and models of leadership.
  • Practice: Apply theory practically through learning activities to link taught content to your professional context.
  • Research: Engage with current research in the field and develop your skills as a researcher.
  • Policy: Develop an understanding of the policies and regulations that shape education and learning in various settings.

Gain insight into teaching methodologies and ways of shaping the future of education. At the heart of the programme is an understanding of learning as a complex and dynamic process. This understanding is reflected in the use of teaching, learning and assessment strategies designed to support collaborative and dialogic learning.

MA Education Online (Distance Learning) Curriculum

Below are the details of the core modules you will learn from while enrolled in the online MA Education programme. Please request more info or contact an advisor for a full list of modules.

Optional modules

You can select two optional modules from the list below for a total of 60 credits. If you choose two modules from different pathways, you will emerge with a generalist MA Education. Alternatively, select both modules from one group and ensure your dissertation is pathway-specific if you want to specialise.

  • Education Leadership Pathway 
    • Education Leadership 
    • Leading and Managing Education Change 
  • Language and Literacy Pathway
    • Writing Matters 
    • Reading Rights 
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Pathway
    • SEN: Learning, Teaching and Assessment 
    • Critical International Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education 

Masters Degree in Education Careers and Outcomes

The online MA Education programme can help you to find a position in traditional and non-traditional educational settings, including:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Education Departments
  • NGOs
  • Youth work
  • Prisons
  • Museums
  • Consultancy
  • Curriculum development
  • Training and development
  • Education Policy development

As an online student, you will have full access to the Careers and Employability team who can offer support in terms of skills training, internship opportunities, job vacancies, employment fairs and other events.

Please request more info or contact an advisor for more information about our online MA Education.

Please request more info or contact an advisor for more information about our online MA Education.

Understanding education: global perspectives (30 credits)

The principal aim of this module is to enable you to develop a stronger theoretical understanding of current issues and debates within education in a global context and provide you with the opportunity to examine the implications of these for your own educational context. You will consider a variety of perspectives informed by research, theory, policy, and practice and examine key questions, such as:

  • What might be meant by education?
  • What are the aims and purposes of education?
  • How do answers to these questions vary according to the educational context?
  • How do answers to these questions vary according to the discipline through which education is being viewed?
  • What is the relationship between educational policy, theory, research, and practice?
Understanding learning: global perspectives (30 credits)

The purpose of the module is to explore theory and practice related to learning in both formal and informal educational contexts. The module will introduce you to a wide range of issues relating to learning and will consider the theoretical basis, research, and global perspectives and how these inform educational policy and practice. You will also critically consider the applicability of theory and research to your own learning experiences and those of learners across the life course.

The principal aim is to facilitate critical examination of a range of issues related to learning in a global context. In relation to these issues, you will consider theories of learning, relevant research, individual and cultural differences, and how this informs learning in practice. This module will examine key questions, such as:

  • What is learning?
  • How do we assess learning?
  • Does learning differ between individuals and groups, and across time and setting?
  • What key factors hinder and facilitate learning?
Introduction to Educational Enquiry (60 credits)

This module will introduce you to educational research and will support you in designing and carrying out a small-scale research study in the field of education. This module is often referred to as the dissertation module because the main output is a 12,000 word dissertation reporting on your research study. The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of educational research and a range of methods of educational enquiry. Specifically the module will enable you to:

  • engage with a variety of perspectives concerning the nature of educational research
  • develop a critical understanding of a range of educational methodologies and paradigms
  • design an appropriate enquiry and select suitable methods for the enquiry and justify these in theoretical terms;
  • conduct a rigorous enquiry into a relevant and approved area of study within a particular field of education;
  • use research methods appropriately as relevant to your area of study and research design
  • discuss implications of your study for educational theory/policy/practice/research

A large part of academic input on this module is in the form of guidance from a supervisor who will support you as you undertake your own educational enquiry.  

Can you get a Master’s in Education Online?

Yes, Exeter offers a distance learning Master’s in Education programme that can be completed fully online with no mandatory campus attendance. You’ll earn the same degree as a traditional programme in a more flexible format.

How much is an online Master’s degree in Education?

Exeter’s online MA Education programme has an affordable fee of £15,000 for UK and international students. For UK students starting in May 2023, we are offering a £5,000 Global Excellence Scholarship. Postgraduate loans up to £11,836 may be available to UK students as well.