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MA Education

1 year 2 years School of Education Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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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.

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 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
  • Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

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)

How You Are Assessed

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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree. Relevant professional experience is considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Joss Winn
01522 88 6075

+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

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)

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)

This module 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. The module 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 their 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; critiques of technology in education; and approaches to social justice in pedagogy, curriculum and educational governance.

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 explores the nature of leadership in educational institutions, a complex and contested concept. 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 organisations in challenging circumstances.

Depending on the nature of the group and the interests of the students, material can be drawn from all sectors of education and from a variety of national and international contexts.

Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with core knowledge, understanding and skills of mentoring and coaching and their application within an educational context. It offers participants personal and professional development as it explores and critically evaluates key concepts, theories, practices, models, frameworks, and approaches to mentoring and coaching in education. Through structured experiences and interactive workshops, mentoring and coaching will be practised and reflected upon in the light of students’ learning. The module provides students with an opportunity to develop their practice and deepening their skills as a mentor and coach, demonstrating and applying a repertoire of models, theory, structures, frameworks and skills in light of empirical and practice-based research evidence on mentoring and coaching.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
International £12,600
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
Part-time International £70 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


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.

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

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.