Online MA Education

Key facts
  • Start date:
    2nd May 2022
  • App Deadline:
    2nd April 2022
  • 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 2022, we are offering a £5,000 Global Excellence Scholarship.

Online MA in Education Programme

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

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

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.

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.

  • A Russell Group University
  • University of Exeter ranked 12th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • Ranked in the top 175 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • 6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy (REF 2014)
  • More than 165 years of experience in Education and teacher training


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


Online Masters in Education Programme Structure

You will complete three core modules (120 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 both modules in one of the pathways and your dissertation in the same area:

  • Educational leadership (modules: Education Leadership. Leading and Managing Education Change)
  • Language and literacy (modules: Writing Matters, Reading Rights)
  • Special Educational Needs (modules: SEN: Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Critical Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education)

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.

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

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.

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.