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Education (International Summer Postgraduate Institute)

The MA in Education at Durham provides outstanding opportunities to study a wide range of educational issues. It will provide you with a clear understanding of the nature and significance of policy and practice in education, relevant to researchers as well as professionals in schools, colleges and universities. Through its flexible delivery routes the MA in Education is suitable for students from all backgrounds and countries. The part-time International Summer Postgraduate Institute (ISPI) route is delivered through an intensive summer school teaching programme. The ISPI summer teaching runs in Durham throughout July each year and attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, including the UK, and is ideal for those seeking part-time study in a truly international context. ISPI students benefit from a range of extra academic and cultural activities organised by the School of Education.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Methods Education (30 credits), Critical Perspectives in Education (30 credits), MA Dissertation (60 credits). Optional Modules: You must select 60 credits from a list of optional modules which in previous years have included: 21st Century Technology: Implications for Teaching and Learning (30 credits), Arts in Education (30 credits), Curriculum Analysis (30 credits), Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Productive Thought (30 credits), Improving Computer Education, Intercultural and International Education (30 credits), Intercultural Communication (30 credits), Policy Studies (30 credits), Psychology of the Learner (30 credits), Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits).

Assessment methods

On the MA Education programme students take compulsory core modules worth a total of 60 credits plus two optional modules worth 60 credits. Modules are offered during your time here in July, which provides flexible study routes and a wide choice of options. Modules are delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars workshops and tutorials. The core modules are designed to provide students with a critical understanding of theories, research and issues relevant to their chosen programme of study. Outside timetabled contact hours, students are also expected to devote significant amounts of time to reading, discussing and preparing for classes, assignments and project work. In addition to the taught core and option modules all postgraduate taught students following a Masters programme will undertake a 60 credit dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time June 2018 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MA Part-time June 2018 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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