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Education & Biology (MA)

Duration: 27 months (part-time)

Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

The MA Education & Subject programme is an innovative Masters level education programme, which is designed to enhance the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge of practising teachers, educators and others who have an interest in education. 

The MA Education and Biology has been designed for practising teachers and educators as well as other professionals who have an interest in the area. Biology remains one of the fastest-moving disciplines and it is from this stand point that this subject is being offered alongside the Education component. The Masters award will enable you to bring yourself up to date with the latest advances in the theory and application of Biology whilst at the same time engaging with the most current and influential literature in the field of Education.

Studying for the award will require you to engage confidently with the key debates in education, to become skilled readers of educational research, to design and evaluate research approaches and to present evidence and findings in appropriate forms. A key aspect of the award is the links made between biology and the particular pedagogy of the discipline. There will also be the opportunity to study alongside students on the general or other named awards on particular modules, offering an enhanced learning environment and drawing on a wide range of staff specialisms and expertise.

The biology specialist modules have been developed to provide you with a research-informed perspective on aspects of biology that are particularly pertinent to the national curriculum including AS/A2 levels, ensuring that those studying this specialist MA will be able to transfer their skills to the classroom through professional practise. Risk assessment and field skills have a prominent place within the specialist modules, ensuring that you are prepared to address the current shortage of biology teachers skilled in leading field work. 

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

 

Curriculum

This programme is delivered in two components; an education component and a subject specific component. The education component runs in parallel with subject specific study and comprises 50% of the course.

Of a total of 180 credits of Masters level study, 60 Credits will come from the education component and 60 credits will come from the subject component. The final 60 credits will come from a dissertation phase, which will allow the student to fuse the two areas of study by way of an education inspired research.

The full Masters award includes a 12,000-15,000 research dissertation in a specialised area of your choice. You will also complete a core research methods module appropriate to both education and biology in preparation for your dissertation. Prior to a dissertation, students will complete taught modules which include the following:

Biology block 

The Biology modules will include elements across a wide area including:

  • Environmental Biology including the study of insects as pests, as biological control agents and as pollinators.
  • Behavioural Ecology investigating the organisation of behaviour within the individual animal and its relationship with Tinbergen's questions of causation, evolution, development and function. 

Both of these modules will include elements of field work, its planning and execution.

  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life focussing on human molecular genetics and its cellular and physiological consequences.
  • Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease in which students will study both human biochemistry and important aspects of public health.

These modules will include practical laboratory work enabling you to update your skills in this area.

Education in Action block

The 60 Credit Education component, falls into four 15 credit modules following two themes. These themes are:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment
This theme of study aims to update the pedagogical knowledge of practising teachers, but also to introduce them to new and contemporary thinking in learning and teaching research. Starting from the eminent education researchers of the past, this module traverses the fundamental theory which underpins contemporary education and attempts to provide students with the critical skills necessary to understand and implement the best practises at the modern teachers' disposal.

Curriculum, Theory and Development
The theme of curriculum is explored in these modules and the notion of curriculum is challenged in the context of social, cultural and technological drivers of curriculum change. Students will engage with the process of curriculum development and will gain new insights in the nature of curriculum on the local and global stage. This theme of study aims to give teachers the insight necessary to influence their own curriculum and how their subject is placed in the modern educational landscape.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own workplace and involves access to children.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website. 

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two centres and research fora / groups:

  • Centre for Culture and Disability Studies
  • Centre for Educational Policy Analysis
  • Childhood Research Forum
  • Forum for Research and Enquiry in Teacher Education

Students taking a Masters in the Education Faculty may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

 

Employability

A Masters in Education and Biology will allow you to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and show potential for promotion to senior leadership. For practising teachers it can be a good way to enhance your opportunities to move beyond threshold, or simply become an ‘outstanding’ practitioner.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.


Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

The MA Education & Subject programme is an innovative Masters level education programme, which is designed to enhance the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge of practising teachers, educators and others who have an interest in education. 

The MA Education and Biology has been designed for practising teachers and educators as well as other professionals who have an interest in the area. Biology remains one of the fastest-moving disciplines and it is from this stand point that this subject is being offered alongside the Education component. The Masters award will enable you to bring yourself up to date with the latest advances in the theory and application of Biology whilst at the same time engaging with the most current and influential literature in the field of Education.

Studying for the award will require you to engage confidently with the key debates in education, to become skilled readers of educational research, to design and evaluate research approaches and to present evidence and findings in appropriate forms. A key aspect of the award is the links made between biology and the particular pedagogy of the discipline. There will also be the opportunity to study alongside students on the general or other named awards on particular modules, offering an enhanced learning environment and drawing on a wide range of staff specialisms and expertise.

The biology specialist modules have been developed to provide you with a research-informed perspective on aspects of biology that are particularly pertinent to the national curriculum including AS/A2 levels, ensuring that those studying this specialist MA will be able to transfer their skills to the classroom through professional practise. Risk assessment and field skills have a prominent place within the specialist modules, ensuring that you are prepared to address the current shortage of biology teachers skilled in leading field work. 

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

 

Curriculum

This programme is delivered in two components; an education component and a subject specific component. The education component runs in parallel with subject specific study and comprises 50% of the course.

Of a total of 180 credits of Masters level study, 60 Credits will come from the education component and 60 credits will come from the subject component. The final 60 credits will come from a dissertation phase, which will allow the student to fuse the two areas of study by way of an education inspired research.

The full Masters award includes a 12,000-15,000 research dissertation in a specialised area of your choice. You will also complete a core research methods module appropriate to both education and biology in preparation for your dissertation. Prior to a dissertation, students will complete taught modules which include the following:

Biology block 

The Biology modules will include elements across a wide area including:

  • Environmental Biology including the study of insects as pests, as biological control agents and as pollinators.
  • Behavioural Ecology investigating the organisation of behaviour within the individual animal and its relationship with Tinbergen's questions of causation, evolution, development and function. 

Both of these modules will include elements of field work, its planning and execution.

  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life focussing on human molecular genetics and its cellular and physiological consequences.
  • Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease in which students will study both human biochemistry and important aspects of public health.

These modules will include practical laboratory work enabling you to update your skills in this area.

Education in Action block

The 60 Credit Education component, falls into four 15 credit modules following two themes. These themes are:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment
This theme of study aims to update the pedagogical knowledge of practising teachers, but also to introduce them to new and contemporary thinking in learning and teaching research. Starting from the eminent education researchers of the past, this module traverses the fundamental theory which underpins contemporary education and attempts to provide students with the critical skills necessary to understand and implement the best practises at the modern teachers' disposal.

Curriculum, Theory and Development
The theme of curriculum is explored in these modules and the notion of curriculum is challenged in the context of social, cultural and technological drivers of curriculum change. Students will engage with the process of curriculum development and will gain new insights in the nature of curriculum on the local and global stage. This theme of study aims to give teachers the insight necessary to influence their own curriculum and how their subject is placed in the modern educational landscape.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own workplace and involves access to children.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website. 

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two centres and research fora / groups:

  • Centre for Culture and Disability Studies
  • Centre for Educational Policy Analysis
  • Childhood Research Forum
  • Forum for Research and Enquiry in Teacher Education

Students taking a Masters in the Education Faculty may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

 

Employability

A Masters in Education and Biology will allow you to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and show potential for promotion to senior leadership. For practising teachers it can be a good way to enhance your opportunities to move beyond threshold, or simply become an ‘outstanding’ practitioner.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.


Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment 

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Education Studies

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3410

e: educationpgt@hope.ac.uk

Start date: September & January 

How to Apply