The MA Education & English Literature 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 programme will provide participants with the opportunity to research and improve their own practice, by discovering the new skills that can be gained from studying their subject specialism to an advanced academic level. This process is supported by the study of contemporary education theory, through modules designed to provide the skills and critical understanding necessary to innovate in a rapidly evolving educational landscape.
This programme emphasises education as an academic field of study and the importance of research in the development of teaching practise. It is expected that practitioners who graduate from this course will have the skills and academic knowledge that will prepare them for education in the 21st century. It has been designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with key theories, concepts and ideas in Education and English Literature that link to the national curriculum.
The structure of the programme is designed to meet the needs of those seeking to develop a more academic understanding of Education and English Literature. The combination of modules available allows teachers, educators and others to gain a named award and enhance their subject knowledge. The pedagogic framework provides theoretical and conceptual perspectives, including key ideas in Education and English Literature that serve to deepen the learning experience.
The English Literature route enables the development of an advanced understanding of the work of a range of authors across a variety of literary genres, and in doing so aims to inform and integrate with educators’ own work with the current GCSE and AS/A2 English curricula. Taught by academics actively engaged in research in their fields, the programme provides the opportunity to make a detailed examination of literary texts within their historical and cultural contexts, whilst also exploring a variety of theoretical approaches.
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 fuse the two areas of study by way of a education inspired research.
The full Masters award includes a 12,000-15,000 word research dissertation in a specialised area of your choice. Prior to a dissertation, students will complete 120 credits of taught modules: 60 credits within Education, and 60 credits within English Literature.
English Literature block
The English Literature component will consist of four 15-credit modules chosen from a number of available options such as: New Approaches to Shakespeare; Case Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature; The Literature of the First World War: Gender, Class, and Conflict; The Rise of the Novel; American Modernism; African American Literature; Handiwork: From Pen to Print.
Pedagogy: Theory and Practice block
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (30 credits)
This module aims to develop participants’ understanding of a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies which promote learners’ progress in order that all can achieve their full potential. They will be helped to develop self-direction and originality in problem-solving in relation to the module content, and act autonomously in planning and implementing change in their educational setting, taking account of current thinking and literature in related areas.
Curriculum Theory & development (30 credits)
This module aims to support development of subject knowledge in the participant’s subject discipline or age phase specialism. It is focused on contribution to curriculum development within the educational setting. Participants will be guided in critiquing a range of guidance and policy documents relevant to practice with a view to identifying the key concepts and perspectives on which they are based and how they relate to and influence practice.
Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.
Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.
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.
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Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research centres and forums:
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
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The MA English Literature can act as a foundation for further postgraduate work, including doctoral research. It also fosters a range of transferable skills valued in professional contexts, such as critical and lateral thinking, the ability to formulate arguments, the capacity to work independently, the presentation of research findings, and information management. It develops students' ability to interpret and analyse cultural products. Teachers may follow this course in order to enhance their subject knowledge.