This programme forms part of our department's successful modular MA programme, which has been running for over a decade. The core module, Notions of English, draws on current research and scholarship to address topics that include: the history of and current approaches to English teaching; the nature of speaking and writing; learning, knowledge and thinking in English; assessment for learning in English; the vernacular and poetic; English and students' other languages; language as art; language and other media; key concepts in English; and underlying principles of English teaching. You will then be able to pursue your personal and professional interests through our extensive choice of optional modules.
This course is ideal if you teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. We will enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. We will teach you about the significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.
We offer this as a full-time and part-time course, so that you may continue to work as a teacher while studying.
If you already have 60 master's level credits as part of your PGCE, you can normally transfer these in, and you would then only have to complete two 30-credit taught modules instead of four, though you will still need to undertake a dissertation. Please note that the period between first registration on the previous programme of study and the date of the College award should not normally be more than 10 years. For example, if you plan to start this 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.
For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable 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.
You will receive teaching from leading experts in the field. Your sessions with academics will include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work. You will have one-to-one supervision during your dissertation. The sessions for each module normally take place on one evening each week from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Some modules involve two face-to-face sessions on Saturdays and 10 online sessions.
We will assess you through coursework, and there will be no exams. The modules are assessed in the following way:
- The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed with a 6,000-word assignment.
- Your 60-credit dissertation is assessed with an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.