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Professional Doctorate in MA Education


Course Description

Are you a teacher, lecturer or trainer? Are you keen to boost your professional qualifications and knowledge? Or are you simply interested in the field of education? If so, this course is for you.

What's covered in the course?

Highly flexible, this course is an attractive option if you want the opportunity to study without having to give up your job. Our Education Master’s framework allows you to choose your own path by selecting the core modules, area of specialisation and optional modules, that way you can tailor your study to suit your needs and areas of interest.

The award you receive upon graduating depends on both your existing qualifications, and the combination of modules that you choose to study. You'll do this by studying some core modules and others which you negotiate with your tutor and the programme leader for your pathway.

The modules available explore current issues in education, leadership and management, change and improvement, as well as a flexible portfolio, reflection and research opportunities, leading to a final dissertation. Depending on the modules you take, you may be able to graduate with a specific pathway named on your degree.

The qualifications available are:

However, we can facilitate awards in other specialist areas of study including:

  • Conductive Education (in collaboration with the National Institute for Conductive Education)
  • Leadership and Management
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Youth and Community Education

Why Choose Us?

  • You don't need a Bachelor’s degree to do this course, but you do need professional experience.
  • This recognised qualification will help you to meet a variety of Continuing Professional Development requirements, such as senior/executive leadership in schools
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after their course (DLHE survey results 14/15)
  • If you're thinking of changing your career for a move into teaching please be aware that this course doesn't lead to qualified teacher status.
  • You can use evidence of previous study or relevant experience to claim Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
  • You'll be able to develop professional knowledge, skills and understanding in your practice, which will support you to offer consistently excellent teaching.
  • You can use this course to put you at the forefront of professional practice in your specialist field or subject. This will enable you to help your students to succeed.

Visit the MA Education page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level. All suitably-qualified candidates will normally be interviewed and selection will be based on ability to benefit from and contribute to the course of study. Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning, including credits gained on a PGCE course.We welcome applications from mature students and from members of communities traditionally under-represented in higher education.

Course Fees

For 2017 entry, UK students pay £656 per 20 credits part-time or £5900 for the full-time course. See website for international student fees.


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