Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University


This course will allow you to develop and enhance your own professional practice in education. It focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All of the modules are designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of work-place settings. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting. It provides a programme that will develop your passion for working in education, whilst extending and enhancing your own educational development. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to enhance their continuing professional development portfolios through engagement with single modules. This programme may be delivered at other Staffordshire University campus locations (dependent on sufficient demand). If you already have some Masters level credits (from your NPQH, PGCE or other education courses at level 7 for example) you may be able to fast track part of the award. Our on-campus groups comprise practitioners from a diverse range of educational settings and students are encouraged to share practice and knowledge across different educational settings. Sessions are interactive and employ a range of learning strategies. These include group-discussion and reflection, and student contributions to on-line discussion boards/academic blogs. Students are supported in their learning and academic development through tutorial support and developmental feedback.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (Level 6) or equivalent professional qualification from an institution of higher education, or its equivalent from overseas. A contractual role (full-time or fractional) or long-term voluntary placement that sees you working as an education practitioner in an education organisation, for a minimum of 4 hours per week (or equivalent), whilst enrolled on the programme.

Course modules

Stage 1: candidates will usually complete two 30 credit modules at level 7 during the 1st stage of study. Candidates will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic year. Stage 2: candidates will usually complete two further 30 credit modules at level 7 during the 2nd stage of study. Candidates will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic year. Candidates will complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits. The dissertation year begins in June following completion of the Diploma Stage. Candidates will submit stage 1 of the dissertation in the following January, and stage 2 in the September of that year. Part 1 comprises a rationale, literature review and methodology chapter (7000 words). Part 2 reflects on part 1, reports research findings, analyses of those findings and makes recommendations relating to practice (8,500 words). On-campus cohorts can select from a range of modules for the certificate and diploma levels of the award to meet organisational development needs. Optional modules: learning and assessment; education, culture and society; educational leadership and management; collaborative working in education.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus) Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF West Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
+44(0)1782 294400