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English in Education MA

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We have designed our English in Education MA for secondary teachers of English or advisors and teacher educators who want to follow a programme of advanced study after some time working in the classroom. It will equip you with essential theoretical and research knowledge to enhance your teaching practice and your career.

Key benefits

  • An innovative programme which looks at English as an Arts subject.

  • It is the only course of its kind based in London.

  • It is aimed at anyone who is in the teaching profession or with an interest in English.

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 Bethan Marshall

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


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.

Further literature:

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.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

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.


Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required modules

  • Notions of English (30 credits)
  • Dissertation in English in Education (60 credits)
Optional Modules

Optional modules

Choose three modules (totalling 90 credits) from a range that typically includes:

  • Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • Education, Policy and the City (30 credits)
  • International and Comparative Education (30 credits)
  • Psychology and Learning (30 credits)
  • The Social Context of Schooling (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)
  • Recent Developments in Mathematics Education (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Education Management (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)
  • Teacher Development (30 credits)

Please note: if you are transferring in master’s level credits (e.g. from the PGCE), you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits.

If you are a part-time student, you will take two modules in your first year. In your second you will take a further two modules in your second and your dissertation.

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

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 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.

Application procedure

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

Some UK-based applicants are called for interview.  We aim to process all applications in four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please give your reasons for choice of programme, choosing 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: £14,910 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.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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