MA Education

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The Course

The MA Education offers practising and aspiring educators opportunities 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; develop the requisite knowledge, understanding and practical skills in appropriate research methods; and produce a compelling piece of advanced research. Optional modules allow you the opportunity to deepen your existing subject knowledge and broaden your appreciation of the study of education.

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

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 seminars are held for each module. These may be attended in person or remotely. These seminars are also available as recorded 'webinars' through the use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE 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


  • Critical Engagement with Educational Literature
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional (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 in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the programme leader.

  • Personal and group tutorials throughout the programme
  • Participation on taught modules (25 hours per module)

Critical Engagement with Educational Literature (Core)
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Critical Engagement with Educational Literature (Core)

In 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.

Dissertation (Education) (Core)
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Dissertation (Education) (Core)

The dissertation enables students to undertake an in-depth, independent, and sustained study and presentation of a topic of their choosing in Education. It includes the conceptualisation, design, conduct, analysis, and written and oral or visual presentation of a substantial research project. The aim of the module is to support students through a process of extended scholarly research and to develop their capabilities as fully independent and critical social researchers.

Education and Social Justice (Option)
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Education and Social Justice (Option)

This course explores the relationship between education and social justice. 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 you 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 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; the dynamics of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability and geography in education; and approaches to social justice in pedagogy, curriculum and educational governance.

Educational leadership and management: theory and practice (Option)
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Educational leadership and management: theory and practice (Option)

This 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 schools in challenging circumstances.

Language and Education (Option)
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Language and Education (Option)

This module provides the opportunity for students to look at both language education and language in education from a multidisciplinary perspective. Policy, practice and research relating to language teaching and use will be examined in reference to social, political and educational climates. The module covers a number of different aspects of language teaching, including pupils using English as an Additional Language (EAL), foreign language learning in schools, global and local multilingualism and bilingualism. Students’ awareness of language attitudes and ideologies and the role education plays in establishing and reproducing these will also be developed. In addition, students will engage with research relating to language acquisition, bilingualism and bilingual education and consider how these relate to a UK-specific language context.

Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals (Option)
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Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals (Option)

This module is designed to provide participants with core knowledge, understanding, and skills of mentoring and coaching and their application within an educational context. It aims to provide participants with personal and professional development as it explores and critiques and critically evaluates key concepts, theories, practices, models, frameworks, and approaches to mentoring and coaching in education.

Participants can develop a deeper understanding of the role of the mentor, the skills and understanding that is required to meet the challenges of mentoring, the importance of supporting the learning of mentees, and mentoring to enhance professional practice. Through structured experiences and interactive workshops mentoring and coaching can be practised and reflected upon in the light of empirical and practice-based research evidence as well as participants’ own learning.

Research Methods (Education) (Core)
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Research Methods (Education) (Core)

This module is designed to introduce the key features and processes of conducting postgraduate standard research using quantitative and qualitative methods. The module introduces the main instruments used for data collection and discusses their ability to produce a desired result in a range of contexts. The module considers practical issues of instrument design and implementation, coupled with wider questions of sampling. A strong emphasis is placed on methods of data analysis and identifying the relationships and processes by which students progress from data collection and the handling of raw data through to the high quality testing/generating theory that is a feature of postgraduate-level work.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (Option)
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Special Educational Needs and Disability (Option)

Special Educational Needs and Disability is specifically designed to support the needs of students interested in careers in education, including practicing teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, and educational researchers. This module encourages students to critically explore issues related to policy and practice for children with additional needs. A key feature of the module is that it draws on the implications of policy to practice and aims to increase awareness of how practice can be adapted to support the diverse needs that children can have. The module focuses on supporting additional needs in both primary and secondary schools but the materials studied can be extended to an adult population. We also reflect on international initiatives and explore the impact they have on current policy.

† 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.

You will be assessed through written assignments, portfolios and presentations. You will also receive regular feedback on your work from teaching staff and your Tutor as well as receiving grades to mark your progress through the curricula. In addition, you should expect to participate in formative peer review of each other’s ideas and work throughout the programme through 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 you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)**
International £14,300
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
Part-time International £79 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

- £10,906, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019
- £10,609, if your course starts between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other 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.

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 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

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. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Nikolaos Fotou - MA Education

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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Your Future Career

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.


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The University of Lincoln’s city centre campus provides a modern student-centred community. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything students need is either on campus or a short walk away.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.