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Education & Professional Studies MA

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Our Education & Professional Studies MA will enable you to reflect on your professional practice, extend your knowledge and develop your awareness of important developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice. It is a broad-based programme that will address your specific professional needs and research interests through taught modules, as well as a research project.

Key benefits

  • Allows professionals to choose courses which focus on their own concerns.
  • Undertake professionally focused research that reflects your interests, expertise and specific sector.
  • Flexibility and choice over the duration of the programme enables you to pursue new interests and changing concerns.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

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

Postgraduate Taught Programmes Officer:

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentSchool of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


Our Department has offered successful MA Education programmes for over a decade, and our current range 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, it is increasingly important to have knowledge and expertise which extends beyond your immediate subject area.

Whatever the level at which you teach, lecture or organise educational provision, you will benefit from our programme. It enables professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. You will also learn about significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

Course purpose

This programme offers the opportunity to construct a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests across the curriculum.

Whatever the level at which you teach, lecture or organise educational provision, you will benefit from our programme. It enables
professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. You will also learn about significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

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Course format and assessment

For your 30-credit modules you will have 20 hours of class time, and we expect you to undertake 280 hours of independent study. For your dissertation you will have 10.5 hours of Academic Study Skills Workshops, 22 hours of research methods lectures and nine hours of one-to-one supervision. We will expect you to undertake 569 hours of independent study.

Part-time students normally complete two taught modules in the first year (one in the autumn and one in the spring), and the remaining modules and the dissertation in the second year.

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed with a 6,000-word assignment The 60-credit dissertation is assessed with an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words There are no examinations.



Year 1

Required Modules

Students are required to take:

  • Dissertation in Education and Professional Studies (60 credits)

In addition, students are required to take at least one of the following modules:

  • Recent Developments in Educational Management (30 credits)

  • Social Context of Schooling (30 credits)

  • Teacher Development (30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, students take three modules (90 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • Education, Policy and the City (30 credits)
  • International and Comparative Education (30 credits)
  • Psychology and Learning (30 credits)
  • Advanced Curriculum Studies in Mathematics Education (30 credits)
  • Business Management in Education (30 credits)
  • Computer Science Education: Theory and Practice (30 credits)
  • Foundations of Teaching & Learning Science (30 credits)
  • Improving Learning and Attainment in the Classroom (30 credits)
  • Issues in Teaching & Learning MFL (30 credits)
  • Language and Power (30 credits)
  • Notions of English (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Mathematics Education (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in MFL Education (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Science Education (30 credits)
  • School Effectiveness and Improvement (30 credits)
  • Social Justice and Education Policy (30 credits)

Entry requirements & how to apply

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 may 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.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £7,200 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £14,910 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £3,600 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,455 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

Students who are approved to transfer in credits from prior study will pay a proportion of the full fee. For example, part time UK students transferring in 60 credits will pay £2,400* p.a. and full time UK students transferring in 60 credits will pay £4,800. For all queries about credit transfer please contact the Programmes Administrator at

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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 UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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