Education: Learning and Teaching

MA, 2-3 years, part-time

This is for you if... you would like to improve your professional practice by learning from expert practitioners and peers whilst studying part-time.

Course Description

The MA in Education: Learning and Teaching offers practising teachers a wealth of opportunities to learn both from peers and expert practitioners in a supportive but academically rigorous environment. You will engage with recent academic research and develop the critical, analytical and reflective skills essential to any teacher, whilst exploring contemporary Government policy, curriculum and classroom-based issues. Our tutors are all established scholars and/or practitioners in their fields and offer their expertise at both whole group and individual levels, with tutorial support built into every module.

Most options have an average of eight face-to-face taught sessions during the year, some including twilight and Saturday sessions. All options have a minimum of two and maximum of four assessments during the year, some including a presentation.

The MA in Education: Learning and Teaching is particularly flexible in that for the first two years you will be able to choose areas of study that particularly interest you from a range of options.

You will choose one option in Year 1 and a further option in Year 2. In Year 3, you will take the Professional Enquiry which is a core module taken by all students to complete the MA.

You may also be interested in the distance learning version of the Education Leadership and Teaching MA.

Key Facts
Start date
October 2016

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Why Leicester?

You will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of research in education and who feed the latest developments into their teaching.

Our courses aim to develop leaders in education and so have been designed with your career prospects in mind.

The School of Education at Leicester attracts students and academics from all over the world, allowing you to become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.

Our range of options allows you to study a programme that is tailored to your interests.

Course Structure

Taught options

Taught options

In Year 1 you will take one option from the following list. In Year 2 you will take a further option from the list. Please note that Dyslexia 2 requires you to have completed Dyslexia 1. SEBDA 2 requires you to have completed SEBDA 1.

The SEBDA and Dyslexia options are nationally recognised and you will also gain professional accreditation.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Professional Enquiry

Professional Enquiry

Your third year is your opportunity to undertake a small-scale investigation of professional value to you and your organisation through the Professional Enquiry module. All students complete this module regardless of previous levels of study.

You will begin the module with taught sessions on research methods so that you are well equipped to begin your chosen assignment.

We will assist you in choosing a topic and you will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Already have 60 PGCE credits?

Already have 60 PGCE credits?

If you have 60 M-level credits from your PGCE (or similar level 7 credits) in the last five years, you will only need to complete two years of the degree, rather than three.

Select one taught option from the list and then in your second year you will complete a Professional Enquiry research project (Dissertation).

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information


You can gain professional accreditation for the specialised Dyslexia module.

Teaching and Assessment

Most of our options, which you would take in the first two years, are taught courses, with eight days at the University spread over each year. There is also a requirement for additional study (equivalent to one day a term) for developmental work in your own school or with colleagues from the course, plus personal time for reading and assignments.

Assessment for Year 1 and Year 2 will use a variety of methods, depending on the option taken. These might include a reflective journal, a short presentation about a pupil’s learning, an essay and a study undertaken in your place of work.

In the third year, instead of a traditional dissertation, you will join the Professional Enquiry course.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 degree or above, or equivalent
  • Qualified teacher status or suitable experience in an educational setting

Please contact us if you are uncertain whether your qualifications are suitable.

Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL)

If you completed your PGCE within the last five years with 60 M-level credits, you can reduce your study time to two years by using your credits as Year 1 of the MA (accredited prior learning). In this case, you will automatically start in Year 2 with an option of your choice.

You can also reduce your study time if you have completed a relevant, M-level, standalone, accredited module or PGCert with us, or another university. You will need to apply for approval of your APCL.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you have significant relevant experience you may be eligible to apply for 30 or 60 credits towards your MA. You can apply for APEL if you can demonstrate (by undertaking some written tasks) that your professional experience allows exemption from 30 or 60 credits of these two options:

  • Effective Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Developing Leadership in Education

Further information regarding APCL and APEL will be provided when you apply for the MA.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    The fee for each year of this three-year course is £1,905, with two exceptions:

    • If the module you select is Dyslexia 1 or Dyslexia 2, the fee for that year is £2,525.
    • If the module you select is SEBDA 1 or SEBDA 2, the fee for that year is £1,825 (£1,625 for SEBDA members).

    Please note that fees will increase by a small amount each year.

    Please see our list of available course discounts.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding

  • This course is not available to students from outside the EU. However, if you are interested in the course, we offer a distance learning version that is available to students in any country.

Career Opportunities

Classroom practitioners and other professionals working in the field of Education study on the MA in Education: Learning and Teaching in order to enhance their classroom practice, link current understandings of pedagogy to the practicalities of teaching and to develop their skills of criticality and analysis. There is no doubt that study for an MA will positively impact on your professional skills and provide a sound basis for development and progression in your career.

Education CPD+ offers a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers.

Our PhD and EdD opportunities are very popular with those wishing to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level.

We are committed to training and developing outstanding teachers. We are proud to be able to support the career progression of so many teachers through the courses we offer, many of whom started their journey with us as PGCE students.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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