University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland


This full-time course develops your professional practice as a teacher or educationalist. Learning advanced research and study skills while acquiring Masters-level knowledge that is shaped by your personal interests and career aspirations. There are 4 titles for the MA available, depending upon the modules chosen for study. The titles available are: MA Education (Generic); MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Secondary); MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice�- Primary); MA Education (SEN, Disability and Inclusion). The content of the course can be tailored to your particular interests, with a range of modules available from our MA suite.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2nd Class�Honours degree (usually a 2.1) or equivalent. We also expect you to have experience of working at educational institutions, following your graduation.�A recognised teaching qualification is desirable but not essential. Applicants whose 1st language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in reading, speaking and listening. We also offer a�part-time Education MA�and a�distance learning Education MA, which may suit you if you need more flexible studying options.

Course modules

The course is structured as follows: 3 option modules from the MA suite (30 Credits each); complete the core module �Research Methods in Education� (30 Credits); undertake a Masters project/dissertation (60 Credits). Modules in the MA suite include the following: Development of Learning: A Case Study (30 Credits); identify an intervention employed in the classroom or in the wider school and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils. Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 Credits); undertake a piece of action research in school based on an area of interest in a subject or phase. Advanced Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits); critically examine a subject in which you are a specialist, relating current practice to educational theory and appropriate literature. Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 Credits); study topics that include principles of leadership, responsibilities of leadership in an educational establishment, tackling under-performance and auditing performance. Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits); examine educational assessment theory in relation to the current practice in your own educational setting. Approaches to Teaching and Learning for Learners with Special or Additional Needs (30 Credits); Barriers to Learning (30 Credits); Inclusive Education (30 Credits). You will negotiate the topic of the dissertation with your tutors. This allows considerable flexibility over your area of research.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments, oral and written presentations and the Masters dissertation of 20,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sir Tom Cowie Campus Sunderland SR6 0DD North East

Key information

Telephone number: 
0191 515 3845