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MA Education

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About this course

This MA covers social justice, democracy and participation, it involves critical multi-disciplinary study and deepens your understanding of education in a global context.

  • Ideal for those with a professional and personal interest in education whether you are already in practice or aspiring to develop a career in education
  • Critically interrogate education policy, discourse and practice in a supportive and stretching learning community
  • Explore and analyse social, political, historical, philosophical and cultural issues in education
  • Focus on social justice and globalisation in education
  • Enjoy the rich environment created by a diverse breadth of learners
  • Alternative Exit/Interim Awards of PgCert and PgDip available

The MA Education critically examines the purpose of education, its social and cultural impact and the implications of democracy and educational governance. You will learn to question accepted theory and policy, view education from a global perspective and explore key issues such as inclusion and accessibility.

Taught by experienced academics with backgrounds in teacher education, higher and further education, specialist provision, nursing and social work, the programme provides a rich, stimulating and relevant learning experience. As well as recent graduates looking to take their understanding to the next level and, perhaps, embark on a career in research and academia, the programme will appeal to experienced practitioners. Applicants may come from a standard education setting, further education, community arts, education welfare, prison education or other informal settings.

The programme is expected to attract education professionals at all levels thus giving students the opportunity to learn from each other as well as academic staff and visiting guest speakers.

The programme will enable you to enrich and develop essential skills for career progression. You will explore your own values and principles regarding education and educational discourses and practices and will investigate how education facilitates opportunity.

Led by staff with significant practical experience of education systems in Nepal, Thailand and Brazil, you will explore education in an international context. This will enable you to build a global view of education, enhancing your existing knowledge and experience with new concepts and theories, grounded in research.

Available full-time or part-time, the programme is flexible enough to fit around existing commitments. Module content and assessments are flexibly designed to cater for new graduates and those facing workplace experiences and challenges. The dissertation module enables you to specialise in your specific area of interest, with those in employment able to focus on a topic applicable to their current role.

Are you an Early Career Teacher? You may be interested in our MA Education Practice degree, which is specifically designed for ECTs.


"Prior to applying for the MA Education I had been teaching for five years and was employed within a primary Designated Special Provision. My drive to apply for the course came from the desire to continue to develop and deepen my knowledge within the education field, challenge my thinking and undertake research within the SEND field.

There were many highlights of the course, including being able to interact with other educational professionals and the quality and depth of knowledge of each lecturer. It was challenging, thought provoking and valuable to talk through issues and factors relating to education across the world and within the local community that I worked.

My main achievement and proudest moment was when I submitted my dissertation having completed research which gave a voice to those families I interviewed. I have grown in my thinking and understanding of the education field and the wider concepts that impact this which has resulted in the development of my own personal practice.

Undertaking the MA Education has been of great value as it drove me to challenge my own thinking and left me with a desire to question the systems and educational field that surrounds me. It has led me to undertake my Doctor of Education at LJMU and continue my growth professionally; with an aim to produce impactive research.

The course was challenging but has benefited me both personally and professionally and I would recommend it to all who want to continue to progress their career."

-Heidi Smith

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This programme offers excellent opportunities to enhance your employability and career progression through your developing skills and confidence. You will benefit from our strong and established relationships with employers in education and other fields.

As a graduate you will be able to enter or progress in a range of careers where education is central to practice and organisational purpose. You may go on to undertake roles in: policy work; arts education; educational leadership; community-based education; learning, development and support; schools; adult, further and higher education; local authorities/central government; diplomacy and international projects; educational research; NGOs and educational consultancy.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Education, Society and Culture
20 credits

This module provides the critical skills required to review the inter-relationship between education, society and culture across a variety of educational contexts. It:

  • introduces you to the relationship between ethnicity, multiculturalism and identity
  • enables you to conceptualise life-long learning to explore the social and educational process that shape individual life chances

Competing Philosophies of Education
20 credits

This module examines the breadth of issues concerning education philosophy and the range of views on these issues. It offers an introduction to important debates and traditions within education philosophy and explores how these relate to on-going issues in globalisation and social change.

Education, Globalisation and Social Justice
20 credits

This module offers a critical understanding of the process of globalisation and the ability to critically reflect on the impact of globalisation and social justice.

Research Methods
20 credits

This module encourages you to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methods and methodologies for your own research.

Critique, Power and Transformation in Education
20 credits

This module aims to provide a critical perspective of different systems of education within the context of political, cultural, social and economic influences. It also examines the sources and use of power within educational settings and investigates pedagogies for empowerment and transformation.

The Critically Reflective Practitioner
20 credits

This module focuses on helping you to critically reflect on personal values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to developing practice and the implications of relevant theory and research on your own educational practice, in a range of contexts.

60 credits

This module aims to provide an opportunity for you to integrate the skills, knowledge, theory and practice that have been learned in the previous modules. You will design, plan and conduct a research project either as an empirical project or as a theoretical study.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The course consists of six core modules (20 credits each) and one dissertation module (60 credits) - all at Level 7.

You can study full-time or part-time. Modules are delivered during the afternoon and early evening in 4 hour, weekday sessions in Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Teaching methods

You will be taught via: workshops, seminars, lectures, online sessions, blended learning, face-to-face sessions and tutorials (include module specific and personal tutorials).

Applied learning

You will apply your learning within the workplace/to professional practice experience in a range of settings e.g. education, social care, health, community agencies, learning and organisational development.


How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Assessment methods on this course include: an essay, report and critical reflection on professional practice.All assessments are closely linked to practice. There is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own setting.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Where you will study

What you can expect from your School

Based in the Education Building in the heart of the Mount Pleasant campus, the School of Education features a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including a pedagogy room, lecture rooms, computing facilities and a nearby Outdoor Learning Zone for our Natural Curriculum projects. Students also benefit from independent study spaces, a close-by cafeteria and library, and access to student welfare and support.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Alternative qualifications considered

Candidates are required to have: An undergraduate degree (lower second class level or above) in a relevant subject, for example Education, Social Policy, Childhood, Community Development, Health or International Studies. Or, be able to demonstrate a comparable academic standard through past studies and/or relevant work experience. Candidates already holding a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or other M-Level qualifications deemed by the programme leader to be equivalent to respective parts of the MA programme may be permitted to enter with exemptions, subject to the University's regulations on Advanced Standing in Postgraduate Awards and with the approval of the Faculty Recognition Group. The RP(E)L system will be explained to all students. In addition, all potential candidates are required to demonstrate competence in English language to English GCSE standard or equivalent. Non-UK students will be required to possess certification of English at IELTS 6.5 level (minimum 6.0 in each component) or equivalent qualification. Applicants who have studied and successfully passed a UK-based degree within the previous 24 months are exempt from such requirements.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

Applications are considered by the Programme Leader and at least one other programme tutor. They are assessed on your application form and your reference. You may be invited to interview.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.