University of York

University of York


The Department of Education offers a 1 year full-time (12 month) MA in education programme. The main focus of the MA in Education (MAE) is its emphasis on educational research and the grounding it provides students for conducting their own small-scale research projects in a wide range of educational settings. Such studies can focus on current developments in education and issues of immediate concern to students themselves. As such, as well as providing a coherent and satisfying educational experience in its own right, the MAE can serve as an excellent introduction to work at PhD level.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a degree UK 2.1 or above; USA grade point average 3.2 or above; PR China average degree score 80 or above, The score you will need will depend on which university you attended and which subject you are applying for. Note: when completing the application form it is most important to enter the final overall grade of your degree and not just the grades for each module. Please do not just enter 'pass' or 'awarded'; include a personal statement with your application (300 and 400 words in length) covering relevant details of your academic and education background; details of relevant activities undertaken, like designing teaching materials, or organising short courses; how the programme you have applied for suits your needs and what attracts you to it; how it fits into your future plans.

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods in education; theories of learning and development; planning and communicating research; students also undertake their own research projects. 2 options from: Bilingualism; citizenship education; cross-linguistic influences in second language acquisition; discourse analysis and language teaching; education and social justice; evaluation ESOL classroom practice; intercultural communication in education; learning and teaching second language reading; motivation in education; teaching and assessing speaking skills; teaching and assessing writing skills; teaching and learning in schools; teaching world English; topics in second language acquisition. 1 optional module: Approaches to English language teaching; contemporary issues in teaching; cross-cultural perspectives on language and discourse; developmental psycholinguistics; learning and teaching grammar in a second language; pragmatics: language, meaning and communication; psychology of language and language learning; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; teaching and learning citizenship and global education; teaching English for academic purposes; testing and assessment in English language teaching; the practice of English language teaching.

Assessment methods

Students complete: 4 assessed essay assignments (each 4,000 to 5,000 words in length); an exam in research methods in education; an assessed presentation, dissertation outline and ethics audit; a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Research Degree Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01904 323455