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MA Education Practice

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About this course

Aimed at Early Career Teachers, LJMU's Education Practice MA is linked to the ECT year and early professional development needs.

  • Benefit from a programme specifically designed to support ECTs/RQTs
  • Meet your early professional development needs
  • Enjoy flexible delivery, support and fit studying around your work commitments
  • Enhance your career prospects as a teacher

Having completed your postgraduate initial teacher training programme, you can enhance your teaching practice with this LJMU Masters course, as you embark on your career in education.

This programme is designed to support ECTs/RQTs and focuses on practice-based learning. Your learning development will be aligned with both your professional setting and individual needs and assessment will involve engagement in practice-based research projects.

Are you an Early Career Teacher (ECT) from an undergraduate degree? You would be able to apply for our MA Education and Social Justice degree as the MA Education Practice programme is designed for ECTs from postgraduate degree programmes.

If you're an established practitioner, you may be interested in our MA Education and Social Justice or EdD Education programmes.

When it comes to Continuing Professional Development for educationalists, we have over 30 years' experience. Course tutors offer a wide range of expertise and contribute to the development of national initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.

Successful completion of this programme will give you enhanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice around current research-based initiatives in teaching and learning and the ability to critically assess their impact on learners.


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.

The course is intended for those working in educational settings and, on graduation, you may progress to research-based study through engaging with our MPhil and PhD programmes in education.

Many of our students will go on to achieve their career goals by securing leadership and other posts of responsibility in schools and colleges.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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

Professional Practice for Beginning Teachers
20 credits

This module will enable you to evidence your development as a professional through investigation of your school and professional practice, allowing you to reflect on a range of issues that relate theory and practice. It aims to:

  • enable you to employ a range of techniques for reflection and analysis
  • critically review and evaluate your own school-based practice in relation to current research and learning, teaching and assessment and other professional issues in teaching
  • enable you to use reflective practice in meeting your professional development needs as a newly qualified teacher

Pedagogy in Practice
20 credits

This module is designed to support newly or recently qualified teachers in the critical reflection of planning and delivering learning sequences. It will enable you to:

  • evidence how theory on planning, as well as subject specific perspectives, interact with its application in your classroom, allowing you to reflect on a range of issues that relate theory and practice
  • examine and understand better the process of planning for learning and its inter-dependency on subject knowledge issues and learner needs
  • explore the relationship between theory and practice of planning for continuity, progression and learning impact in the classroom

20 credits

This module is designed to support newly or recently qualified teachers in their early professional development. It aims to:

  • equip you with an understanding of the range of children's educational needs
  • enable you to appreciate the interplay between theory and practice in relation to different educational needs informing practice within the classroom
  • enable you to recognise and respond to the diversity of learners

Professional Inquiry
60 credits

This module is the generic Masters element of the MA programme and is a core activity. It provides an opportunity to carry out research projects of relevance to your professional practice and professional development needs, largely independently but with regular individual support from an assigned Supervisor. It enables you to:

  • develop a research proposal to investigate an identified area of interest
  • complete relevant research-based investigation of a defined area that has relevance to your professional practice

Subject Pedagogy
20 credits

The module uses a critical perspective to develop understanding of learning and teaching within an identified subject area in the primary or secondary sector. It will enable you to:

  • practice and critically analyse and evaluate different strategies and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject area
  • have a critical understanding of the subject area in schools, colleges and settings
  • analyse how the subject area is taught in the primary or secondary sectors
  • investigate the development of learner understanding and barriers to learning the subject
  • critically evaluate strategies which promote learning in the subject area

Researching Classroom Practice
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the ideas and analytical possibilities of critical research and the application of a range of theoretical positions to the critical analysis of key research and policy issues in education. It will enable you to:

  • practice, critically analyse and evaluate different strategies and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in the primary core curriculum areas related to theoretical input
  • develop an understanding of effective learning, teaching and assessment strategies which cater for the needs, within the secondary curriculum subject areas, of diverse learners
  • develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of approaches to practitioner research related to education settings
  • critically evaluate and reflect on the appropriateness and effectiveness of specified learning, teaching and assessment activities

Developing Reflective Professional Practice
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the concepts of reflection on professional practice and aspects of current policy and research relating to learning, teaching and assessment and professional issues in primary and secondary contexts. It will enable you to:

  • systematically develop and demonstrate and critically reflect on evidence of competence in all national standards relating to qualified teacher status
  • employ a range of techniques for reflection and analysis to critically review and evaluate your own school-based practice in relation to current research on LTA and professional issues in teaching


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

All students are part-time. The programme is delivered via Canvas, arranged tutorials and three taught days during the academic year. These are on Saturdays in October, January and April.

For PGDE entrants, there is one module, 7304EP Professional Inquiry, involving formative tasks and two assessed practitioner research projects. PGCE entrants will also complete three first year modules: 7301EP Professional Practice, 7302EP Pedagogy in Practice and 7303EP Inclusion. Each module involves formative tasks and an assessed professional project.

Teaching methods

Tutorial support is an important part of the development process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Personal Tutors and other members of the academic team are accessible at scheduled times during the programme and will also be able to provide guidance via email as appropriate.

You will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries and online learning services for independent study.

Applied learning

The practical applications of the course may involve integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.

As a practice-based programme there is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.

Course tutors

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

We are delighted to provide a programme that enables newly qualified teachers to gain the recognition of a full MA award through an innovative programme tailored to meeting their early professional development needs.

School facilities

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

Postgraduate degree (required for research programmes)

  • to have completed an initial teacher training programme at postgraduate level and have achieved Qualified Teacher Status

International requirements


    • IELTS score 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
    • to be employed as a teacher during your period of study
  • RPL

    • RPL is accepted on this programme

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.

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.