University of Northampton

University of Northampton


The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working in the field of education as well as recent graduates. The course provides participants with opportunities to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest. In particular, the programme aims to extend participants understanding of learning, teaching, educational issues, and leadership in childrens services through engaging in detailed analysis and evaluation of both established and innovative practice and of key theoretical perspectives in education. The university has pathways within the course which reflect 2 specific areas of professional and theoretical interest: MA Education (mathematics); MA Education (early years).

Entry requirements

Applicants normally have an Honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent. Applicants with other qualifications, in particular those with recent professional experience, are also considered if they demonstrate appropriate academic attainment. Some modules require applicants to have qualified teacher status (QTS), early years professional status (EYPS) or equivalent. Applicants who have recent professional experience of 3 years or more are considered. In these cases the applicant is interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing evidence of significant professional engagement in childrens services at graduate level or equivalent. The evidence is in the form of a compendium or portfolio which sets out details of their specific responsibilities relating to their work with children and young people.

Course modules

The course comprises of modules that can be studied 1 by 1. A key element of many modules is the provision for shared enquiry, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education contexts. A range of modules are available which focus upon professional and theoretical interest: special and inclusive education; early years education and mathematics, aimed specifically at interdisciplinary work relating to childrens services and early years education.

Assessment methods

There are no examinations. The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Participants will complete a final project/dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 1,630 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years
MA Part-time £ 1,630 per Credit module (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

Key information

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