Education (Interdisciplinary Studies)(MA)Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
About the Course
*This is a combined course, please choose a subject from the list below.
By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile. This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Master’s provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.
The delivery pattern of the MA programme is flexible to suit the needs of our students. Normally our classes run in the evenings and/or some Saturdays. The number of evenings you attend will depend on whether you choose to study the course full time or part time.
The combined MA is a 180-credit course of which this block forms 60 credits. Please choose one other 60-credit block subject from the list indicated below (the third 60 credits will be the dissertation phase). Please note each block is made up of two 30-credit modules.
Our Education block must be combined with one of the following blocks and indicated on your application form.
• Advanced Mentoring and Coaching
• Developmental Psychology (part-time only)
• Disability Studies**
• Early Career Teacher***
• Early Childhood
• Education Leadership and Management***
• Special Educational Needs**
• Special Educational Needs Coordinator [SENCo]***
• Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)***
* Further details:
1. This course is typically available face to face or online and the delivery is typically in the evenings.
2. If you are bringing in previous credits from another M level courses (subject to approval) the duration of the course will be reduced proportionately.
3. You will need to choose another block from those listed above and you will be completing a dissertation.
4. If you choose to study the course part-time, you can combine most of the blocks listed above. If you choose to study the Master’s full-time some of the blocks listed above may not be available due to timetabling constraints.
** Only available for an October start for full-time students, part-time students can take this both for the October and the January start.
The full Master’s award requires you to gain 180 credits. You will complete another 60-credit block* and a 60-credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the 60-credit Education Policy, Practice and the Professional block.
Education Policy, Governance, and Professionalism (30 credits)
This module examines how education policies are shaped within and between local, national, and international agencies. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, this module will consider historical and emerging trends in how education is governed. This will include exploring the roles of different stakeholders involved in education policy including students, teachers, school governors, and national and international agencies. Students will gain a detailed understanding of contemporary national and international policies and how they relate to changing notions of students, teacher professionalism, and education more generally.
Learners and Learning in a Changing Landscape (30 credits)
This module will explore different disciplinary perspectives to analyse developments in education and learning. This will involve investigation into psychological theories on how we learn, philosophical perspectives on the current discourse of learning, historical perspectives on where theories of learning come from and how they have shaped schooling, and sociological perspectives on the impact of economic and social trends on our understanding of learning. This module will give consideration to contemporary social, political and technological factors which are shaping education in both formal and informal contexts.
Dissertation (60 credits)
The Dissertation component of your degree is not only very important, it is often both the most challenging and the most enjoyable. It is where you consolidate your knowledge of the two discipline areas and use it to design, generate and report on a research project. Research capability is also one of the most valuable and transferable skills for further study and career advancement. Research is the way in which we discover more about the world in order to understand or change it, and is critically important for Master’s level study. The taught components and recommended readings introduce you to the principles and practicalities of research, which will enable you to engage with other people's research in a sophisticated way and prepare you to develop your own research project. You will conduct your investigation, under the guidance of a supervisor.
* For course details for the other 60-credit block/s please follow the links to the individual blocks on the overview page of this course
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.
International Entry Requirements
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.
Teaching and Research
Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research centres and forums:
- Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS)
- Centre for Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA)
- Childhood Research Forum (CRF)
Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education 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.
UK/EU Tuition Fees
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2022/23 are £5,200
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
International Tuition Fees
The International tuition fees for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year are £12,500 per year.
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.
You will be able to structure your award to benefit your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adults' and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For qualified teachers, this course will enhance professional practice/opportunities.
Students completing the MA may also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD).
Please note - this course does not offer you a teaching qualification to teach in British schools.
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