University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria


This is a fully online programme for UK and overseas teachers with optional face-to-face workshops in Lancaster, Carlisle and London. This programme is designed to support you in reaching the highest standard of scholarship and be committed, responsible and creative professionals, capable of critical thinking and practical action.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class Honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures. Applicants would normally be currently employed in an educational setting, responsible for the learning of others, or have access to an educational setting. UK based participants joining the programme who are not already working in an educational setting are required to gain DBS clearance as they will need to access educational settings for their research and enquiry during the programme.

Course modules

Critical enquiry; planning enquiry; dissertation. To gain named pathway awards, the appropriate module must be successfully completed and the dissertation be within the same specialist area. Optional modules include teaching and learning; assessment for learning; leadership in educational contexts; individual study; action research; CPD portfolio; inclusive practice; integrated working; early years; mentoring and coaching; curriculum development; teacher education and development.

Assessment methods

A range of formats including research and evaluation papers, research proposals, critical review of literature, patchwork texts, reflective journals, case studies, and portfolios. Within the majority of modules participants are required to submit a proposal outlining their assignment and the tutor provides formative feedback in response to this. This exercise provides useful guidance and feedback on enquiry project design, engagement with the literature, and academic writing to participants.

Sponsorship information

Students are normally funded by their employing LEA or self-funded.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MA Part-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance Learning

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144