The online MA Education (Master of Arts in Education) is an innovative programme designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in a wide variety of educational contexts. It offers a rich curriculum examining theory, research, policy and practice in the field of education globally, and provides a unique student experience.
As an MA student, you will gain an 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.
A diverse learning community
The programme is ideally suited to students from a diverse range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including: teachers; educators; lecturers; administrators; education advisors; education officers; education specialists working in NGOs; trainers; youth workers; mentors; and those involved or interested in leadership and management in education.
The MA Education is also appropriate for students with limited prior experience but with a keen interest in education and educational issues, and who are seeking employment/promotion in a wide range of educational settings. This programme can significantly enhance your career and promotion prospects by helping you to become a more effective and innovative educator.
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 MA Education?
University of Exeter Online prides itself with providing world-class faculty staff and curriculum. Upon completion of our MA Education programme, graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed and seek employment, progression or leadership roles within a variety of occupations with an educational remit.
- Top 150 in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings 2017)
- 6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education (REF 2014)
- Ranked 3rd amongst university providers of initial teacher training in The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017
- More than 165 years’ of experience in Education and teacher training
Interested in learning more about the programme? Fill out the form on this page to connect with an Admissions Adviser.
MA Education programme structure
The programme integrates four core themes and ideas which underpin the curriculum content within each module.
- Theory: Critically examine educational theory such as theories of learning and models of leadership
- Practice: Connect theory to real-world practice
- Research: Engage with current research in the field and develop your own skills as a researcher
- Policy: Develop an understanding of the policies and regulations that shape education and learning in schools, communities, businesses, and other organisations
You will complete four core modules, each worth 30 credits, and can select two optional modules (30 credits each) to gain the 180 credits needed to complete your degree. You can also choose to follow a named programme, providing you complete the required number of credits in one of the following pathways:
- Educational leadership
- Language and literacy
- Special Educational Needs
The MA Education is delivered 100 per cent online in a virtual learning environment and you can download free course materials at any time. Each module is delivered in a variety of interactive ways including lectures, discussions and written assignments, as well as individual and group projects.
As the programme is designed to suit students from a wide variety of backgrounds, you will be encouraged to select directed study tasks that relate to your particular context or area of interest. In this way, you can immediately apply theory to your professional practice. A Student Support Adviser will work with you throughout the programme to support you right through to graduation.
MA Education online admissions
A 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject
a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject with relevant educational experience.
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements:
IELTS At least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section
Overall score of 90 (internet-based) with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests:
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants will be required to submit the following before commencing their programme of study:
The original certified transcripts and certified translation if they are not in English.
Accepted English language tests are IELTS, TOEFL IBT, Pearson Test of English Academic, and other tests. A full listing of tests and accepted scores can be found here. You can also find information on our international equivalency pages to see if existing qualifications match the entry requirements for our programme.
Transcript evaluations are completed after being received, and results are provided to the applicant with the admission decision.
MA Education fees
UK and International: £15,000
Cost per module: £2,500
To learn more about fees and funding, as well as financial aid, visit our Financial Services page.
MA Education online curriculum
Core modules - 120 credits
Careers and outcomes
The online MA Education programme can help you to find a position in traditional and non-traditional educational settings, including:
- Education Departments
- Youth work
- 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.
Would you like more information? Call +44 808 164 4020 to speak with an Admissions Adviser today.