Education and Psychology BSc

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EDMEDMMA

MA Education

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Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

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Campus

Brayford Pool

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Subject to Validation

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Course Code

EDMEDMMA

Welcome to MA Education

The MA Education offers practising and aspiring educators the opportunity to learn, apply, and produce critical knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of Education, with the aim of enabling them to use this to inform and transform future educational practice, theory, policy, and institutions.

The programme is designed around three core modules and two optional modules. The core modules aim to support students in identifying their specific research questions through a critical review of the literature; developing the requisite knowledge, understanding, and practical skills in appropriate research methods; and produce a compelling piece of advanced research. Optional modules allow students to deepen their existing subject knowledge and broaden their appreciation of the study of education.

The MA in Education is a programme of advanced study for those who wanting to deepen their knowledge of education in general, and for those who wish to make connections between educational practice, theory, and research.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

Studying in the School of Education offers many opportunities to learn from experienced researchers and be part of exciting new research projects that aim to challenge and improve current educational thinking and practice.

The School’s research engages some of the most pressing debates in the field today, including:

  • Projects on multimodal, practical and performative learning among children
  • Studies on safeguarding academic freedom in European and African universities
  • Research into the development of co-operative educational leadership
  • Inquiries into teachers’ agency and professional identities
  • Evaluations of pedagogy
  • Critical theories of educational marketisation.

The School has two research groups - the Science and Technology Education Group and Research in Critical Education Studies (RiCES).

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Programme-Specific Additional Costs

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme this takes place in Lincoln (UK) at two weekend study schools (Friday - Sunday in October and February) and one week-long study school (Monday - Friday in July). Please note that students will be responsible their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses while attending scheduled teaching.

Career and Personal Development

The MA Education is a flexible postgraduate degree programme that aims to further existing educators' critical understanding of their practice and allows aspiring educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of education in preparation for a career in education or further doctoral research.

How You Study

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme. This takes place at two weekend study schools (Friday - Sunday in October and February) and one week-long study school (Monday - Friday in July).

Study schools include lectures, student presentations, seminars, visiting speakers, and workshops. An emphasis throughout is placed on encouraging students to share and discuss their own work, and to provide structured activities that build on students' research interests, and those of academic staff. Study Schools are attended by all postgraduate and research students in the School of Education and offer an intensive, friendly, and energising experience for everyone involved.

Between study schools, fortnightly sem-inars are held for each module. These may be attended in person or remotely. These seminars are also available as webinars using the Virtual Learning En-vironment (VLE) and learning management system (Blackboard). Blackboard provides students with access to a range of structured resources, including many digitised texts and key readings. It is also used more interactively, as a means of extending the dialogues that are seen as crucial to students' learning.

Programme Structure

Core modules:

- Critical Engagement with Educational Literature
- Research Methods
- Dissertation

Optional modules (students select two):

- Education and Social Justice
- Educational Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
- Language and Education
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Due to the nature of this programme weekly contact hours may vary. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three - five hours in independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the Programme Leader.

An Introduction to Your Modules

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Critical Engagement with Educational Literature 2022-23EDM9780MLevel 72022-23In this module, students can develop their skills of identifying, searching, critically evaluating and synthesising academic literature, as well as the skills needed to understand and apply this knowledge to developing their own research. The module focuses on critically evaluating research literature in various areas of educational studies and around students' area of research in particular. The module is intended to help students focus on their study and situate it within the wider field of educational research.CoreDissertation (Education) 2022-23EDM9781MLevel 72022-23CoreResearch Methods (Education) 2022-23EDM9784MLevel 72022-23CoreBullying in Educational Settings 2022-23EDM9807MLevel 72022-23 This module takes an in-depth view into school bullying dynamics and evidence-based practice that seeks to address said phenomenon. Causes and consequences of bullying, types of bullying, different roles students and staff play, and cultural considerations will be examined. Students will be expected to engage with literature, actively engage in discussions, and to take into consideration different aspects of bullying-related situations to come up with potential solutions. At the end of the module students will have a good understanding of the inner workings of bullying situations, how to support students, and available resources to address bullying.OptionalEducation and Social Justice 2022-23EDM9172MLevel 72022-23This course explores the relationship between social justice and education. It introduces conceptual tools for identifying and challenging injustices in educational contexts, and strategies for developing knowledge, methods and skills for creating social just learning practices and environments. Education is a powerful activity and institution. Its importance lies not only in its centrality to national and international policy, but in the widely held belief that education has the capacity to liberate individuals, advance social flourishing and equality, and enable meaningful participation in social and political life. Yet educational practices and systems can also disempower people, reproduce structures of inequality and perpetuate discriminatory and oppressive social relationships. Making sense of the complex relationship between education and social justice is therefore an essential capability for educators. This course aims to provide students with resources to critically assess the personal, social and political implications of diverse educational theories, practices, policies and institutions, and to cultivate practices which promote social justice in your own context. Themes may include theories of social justice in education; the politics of educational policy and reform; the relationship between education, state, market, family, work and social movements; decolonisation; identity politics and intersectionality; and approaches to social justice in pedagogy, curriculum and educational governance.OptionalEducation Practice-Based Project 2022-23EDM9808MLevel 72022-23OptionalEducational leadership and management: theory and practice 2022-23EDM9187MLevel 72022-23This module will explore educational management and leadership with particular reference to the organisational and operational aspects of educational institutions. It is divided into three related parts. The first part analyses the organisation, structure and culture of educational institutions drawing upon organisational theory, cultural analysis and the use of metaphor. The second part explore the nature of leadership in educational institutions, a complex and contested concept. Particular emphasis is placed on transactional, transformational and constructivist leadership and leadership for learning. The third part provides an opportunity to critically consider some key issues in educational leadership and management including the nature of learning organisations, leadership for professional development and leading educational settings in challenging circumstances. This module also is approved to be delivered as a standalone short course.OptionalEducational Policy Making: Global Perspectives 2022-23EDM9782MLevel 72022-23OptionalLanguage and Education 2022-23EDM9788MLevel 72022-23This module examines the role of language(s) in education. Students will explore a series of topics across the module and will reflect on their own experiences of education and how these issues apply. Through this, they will develop a critical understanding of the central role of language(s) in education and the potential (and varied) impact of linguistic issues such as: endorsing multilingualism, linguistic hegemony and sexism in language, for example. Students will also be asked to apply their knowledge to a specific setting and experience the complexity involved in making decisions about language(s) in education. Students own linguistic experiences will be drawn on as they become critical, language-aware scholars of education across this inter-disciplinary moduleOptionalMentoring and Coaching in Education 2022-23EDM9783MLevel 72022-23This module is designed to provide students with core knowledge, understanding and skills of mentoring and coaching within an educational context. Mentoring and coaching in education explores, critiques, and critically evaluates key concepts, theories, practices, models, frameworks, and approaches to mentoring and coaching. Students will develop a deeper understanding of mentoring and coaching in education through a critical review and critique of the literature, and an evaluation of the empirical and practice-based research. The students will develop insights into the issues, challenges, and research evidence-base of mentoring and coaching in enhancing professional practice. Students will be supported in developing their professional practice and deepening their skills through critical reflections, interactive seminars, critical writing and debating a repertoire of mentoring and coaching models, theories, programs, and frameworks. The module will investigate the research evidence-base of mentoring and coaching in education with a particular focus on impacts and outcomes for participants and organisations.OptionalSpecial Educational Needs and Disability 2022-23EDM9785MLevel 72022-23OptionalSTEM Education 2022-23EDM9786MLevel 72022-23Optional

How you are assessed

Assessment is through written assignments, portfolios, and presentations. Students also receive regular feedback on their work from teaching staff and their tutor, as well as receiving grades to mark their progress through the curricula. In addition, students should expect to participate in formative peer review of each other's ideas and work throughout the programme via active group discussion and a variety of presentation methods (e.g. annual student conference presentations, poster sessions, 'PechaKucha' sessions).

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

International Postgraduate Taught Application Deadline

Please note that international applications for taught postgraduate programmes starting in September 2022 have now closed.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

First or second class honours degree or equivalent qualification.

Relevant professional experience is considered. Prior credits earned through a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) may count towards this degree. Contact the School of Education to speak to an advisor about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

 Dr Nikolaos Fotou - Programme Leader

Dr Nikolaos Fotou - Programme Leader

Dr Nikolaos Fotou has studied Physics at University of Crete in Greece and obtained his MA and PhD degrees in Science Education at the University of Leeds. He has taught from primary, secondary and tertiary education in Greece to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Ireland and the UK. His subject specialisms include: Nature of students' knowledge, analogical reasoning, students' misconceptions, the use of ICT in education and the effectiveness of practical work in secondary and tertiary science education.

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