MA in Education

Learn how to excel as a modern educator in an increasingly interconnected world


This course is built to help you rise to your role of a modern educator, while fostering a disposition for exploring and investigating national and global education practices, policies, and contexts.

You’ll discover how to evaluate and develop your professional offering, as well as how to embrace both challenges and opportunities by using the right evidence, theories, and frameworks.

You can expect to:

  • Study the purpose of education and its place within a complex system of histories, politics, geographies, economies, and potential futures
  • Understand the potential of education in promoting and enabling social justice, sustainable development, and lifelong learning
  • Adopt and refine a systematic, critical, and rigorous approach to being an educator in your specific context, informed from a global education mindset
  • Examine the opportunities created for teachers and learners within an ever-evolving landscape of educational technologies and learning spaces
  • Learn about the interdependent, cyclical nature of education and research as a social process, where translational research exists at the heart of best practice.

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Course Details

Three start dates per year: January, May and September

Next course start date: 25 September 2023

Next welcome week: 18 September 2023

Duration: two years (part-time)

Format: online, with optional face-to-face events

Total fees: £8,950 (payment by instalment and funding options available)

Additional costs: due to the nature of the subject, and copyright restrictions placed on institutional libraries by some publishers, students will need to purchase some core texts.

Support with your application: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice.

Why this course?

It’s never been so important to be involved in education. Your current role, whether you’re a nursery nurse or a policy maker, a teacher or a museum education officer, is pivotal in shaping our future world.

We live in a time of rapid change, and education is at the heart of that process. We all face shared challenges posed by climate change, economic crises, and sustainability, to name a few. On top of these, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone – in a relatively intensive amount of time – to completely re-examine teaching and learning as we know it.

However, in the face of such trials, it’s important to remember that as an educator you have the ability to influence and develop our society for the better.

This Masters course is designed to guide and empower you to rise to the demands of our time. It is informed by evidence of best practice, and built upon robust theoretical perspectives and the latest innovations in education.

As a student of this programme, you’ll be able to draw from your own experiences to supplement your studies, so that you can then transfer your learnings directly back into your career.

You’ll be encouraged to think creatively, and learn how to approach your practice from an international perspective that still supports your local context and its needs.


Our modules will equip you with the theoretical and practical know-how needed to take on your role with confidence and professionalism. They were created to support a wide range of educators from all corners of the world. You will study the following modules:
Module 1 - The Education Explorer (30 credits)

This introductory module will enable you to visualise and locate your work within the wider field of education. We’ll take you on a journey from the past through the present, and to possible futures of education, highlighting key themes and including the evolving significance of education across cultures and sectors.

You can also expect to critically and systematically evaluate the different opportunities and challenges presented in various global settings. Near the end of the module, you’ll use the knowledge gained to create an action plan that will support your efforts throughout the rest of the programme, ensuring that your learning is focused on your specific needs and context.

Module 2 - The Digital Educator (30 credits)

During this module, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of educational technologies and how to use digital tools pedagogically within the appropriate settings. You’ll also learn how to keep abreast of the latest innovations in this ever changing field.

Additionally, your coursework will help you hone your problem-solving skills and learn how to overcome resistance to change. You’ll delve into the ways you can actively and consistently engage colleagues to embrace useful technologies and related innovative teaching processes for the benefit of learners.

Module 3 - The Transformative Educator (30 credits)

Through exploring evidence-based research, you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of how education intersects with social justice, diversity, equality, and sustainability.

Your coursework will enable you to analyse and evaluate arguments about how inclusive practices might be developed in a range of educational settings, along with how the Sustainable Development Goals can be integrated into your own place of work.

Module 4 - The Education Research Practitioner (30 credits)

With this module, you’ll gain a practical and ethical understanding of participatory research methods to support your progress into becoming an education-led researcher and a research-informed educator.

The concept of translational research will be central to your studies. You’ll develop your understanding of research integrity and enhance your ability to clearly communicate research and insights to different audiences.

Module 5 - The Education Change Maker (60 credits)

The final stage before achieving your full Masters, this extended piece of work will allow you take the learning from all your modules and apply this to a current professional challenge. You’ll be able to work on this challenge over the duration of this final module.

You’ll be supported to engage independently in research in your area of choice, and effectively interweave both theory and evidence to showcase your disposition of inquiry and newly developed capabilities as an educational change maker.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

Your virtual classroom
Everything you need to complete your studies can be accessed on Canvas, our easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE). From reading academic feedback to engaging with fellow students, you can turn to Canvas whenever you have some free time for your course. Access it via your browser or through the Canvas Student mobile app for a convenient way to learn while on the move.
How online studying works
-Engage while you learn
Your studies include an interactive mix of online discussion boards, on-demand lectures and live webinars. -Get help from your tutors when you need it
Through our online learning platform, you have easy access to support and feedback from your tutor. -Submit your assignments online
There's no need to worry about travel costs, visas, or time off work. All assignments are submitted and graded online. -Get started with basic hardware and software requirements
We make your online learning experience as hassle-free as possible. Visit our FAQs page for basic requirements. -Pay as you go or pay upfront
We offer flexible payment options so you can manage your finances.
Planning for your course
We know that many of our students are managing a number of personal and professional commitments while studying with us. While it can be a challenge to adapt to the added demands of a postgraduate programme, planning out times to study can help ensure you find your course enjoyable and rewarding. As with most part-time master’s courses, you’ll need to dedicate around 20 hours a week to studying, but the extra flexibility of online learning means you can choose the times that suit you best.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Earning your MA in Education can help open exciting new routes for career progression, particularly into leadership or management positions, while also helping you innovate in your existing role.

You’ll be able to understand how people – including yourself – think, operate, and react when faced with challenges and opportunities.

Upon completing the programme, your forward-thinking, evidence-based approach to education will help you navigate these with confidence.

Plus, by developing a disposition of inquiry and a mindset geared towards lifelong learning, you’ll be able to continue upskilling and enhancing your practice as your field evolves.

You could even go on to seek opportunities in a variety of different places, such as:

  • Schools and universities
  • Youth and community work
  • Training and development
  • Museums and galleries
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Charities with education roles

If your coursework inspires you to pursue further study, your Masters will also equip you with qualifications and research skills needed to embark on a PhD programme.


Our course aims to enhance your career in education and foster your academic skills for further research ventures. Our graduates have taken leadership roles in nurseries, schools, and colleges, from assistant head teachers and head teachers to nursery managers. Other graduates have secured roles in higher education as university lecturers, teacher educators and academic support staff.

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

  • A minimum 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent, ideally in a subject related to education
  • If you don’t have a 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent in a related subject, equivalent professional qualifications/personal experience may be considered
  • Such applicants will need to provide evidence of ability by submitting a 500-word essay that explores – with reference to published evidence – the role of education in society
  • A personal statement of around 300-500 words
  • One professional or academic reference
  • An IELTS 6.0 score (with minimum 5.5 in each skill) if your first language isn’t English (or other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull).

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our course adviser team for advice.

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