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Education & Professional Studies enables you to reflect on your professional practice, extend your knowledge and develop awareness of significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice. It is a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests through taught modules plus a research project.
Professionals can construct a portfolio of courses tailored to their own concerns.
Students are able to undertake professionally focused research that reflects their interests, expertise and specific sector.
Flexibility and choice over the duration of the programme enables participants to take account of new interests and changing concerns.
Located in the heart of London.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake No set number.
Course leaders Dr John Owens
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Education and Professional Studies
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
A 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Lower undergraduate grades will be considered in certain circumstances, for example if the applicant has a PGCE with master's level credits. It is recommended that applicants have some relevant professional experience, either in teaching or in other educational practice such as policy. However, applications from candidates who do not have any experience but who do have relevant academic qualifications will be considered.
Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. The majority of UK-based applicants are called for interview. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.
Please give your reasons for choice of programme, chossing King's and for wishing to study at MA level, together with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the programme.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Our department has offered the successful MA Education programmes for over a decade. The current suite of programmes is designed to appeal to different specialist student interests. In the current policy climate, with the increased devolution of managerial responsibility and more shared responsibilities, more educationalists need knowledge and expertise which extends beyond their immediate subject area.
This programme offers the opportunity to construct a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests across the curriculum.
Feedback from current students on the programme:
“The lecturers were excellent – authoritative and enthusiastic."
“Great mix of lecture, discussion and group activity; very conducive to learning and stimulating interest.”
"I really love the contemporary nature of the course.”
For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. The programme enables professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.
In order to gain MA Education and Professional Studies, students must complete and pass four taught modules (30 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.
The programme may be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part time). A serving teacher would normally complete the MA on a part time basis and complete one module in each of the autumn and spring terms in year 1, and two further taught modules and the dissertation in year 2.The sessions for each module normally take place on one evening each week from 5.30 - 7.30pm at the Waterloo Campus. Some modules involve two face-to-face sessions on Saturdays and 10 online sessions.Students who have gained 60 master's level credits as part of their PGCE can normally transfer these in, and would then only have to complete two 30 credit taught modules instead of four, plus the dissertation. Please note that the period between first registration on the previous programme of study and the date of the College award will not normally exceed ten years. For example, if you are intending to start the MA as a part time student in September 2015 and you would like to transfer in master’s level credits from your PGCE, you must have started your PGCE in 2007 or later.
Incoming students can also find the timetable, key contacts, recommended reading and enrolment information via the departmental Welcome to King's pages.
Students must pass at least one of the following modules:
Recent Developments in Educational Management
Social Context of Schooling
Over 20 modules are available to chose from including:
Education, Policy and the City
International & Comparative Education
Social Justice and Education Policy
School Effectiveness & Improvement
Psychology & Learning
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£6,900 p.a. (2016/17)*
£14,250 p.a. (2016/17)*
£3,450 p.a. (2016/17)*
£7,125 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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