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The Education MA is a flexible course that combines interdisciplinary perspectives on education with the development of analytical and core research skills to enable students to pursue their own subject-specific interests in education. It emphasises the development of a critical understanding of education policies and practices to promote capacities for independent thought and action in the classroom. The School of Education, Communication and Society is internationally recognised as a centre of research and teaching excellence in the field of education. Academics in the school are regarded as world- leading in the fields of sociology of education and critical pedagogy, many of whom continue to make a distinctive contribution to policy sociology and philosophy of education, as well as to educational practices, particularly to theories surrounding assessment.

Key benefits

  • Flexible and interdisciplinary while supporting subject-specific learning.
  • Draws on contemporary research to develop a critical understanding of educational policies and practices.
  • Promotes analytical and research skills to enhance classroom practice.
  • Taught by staff with international reputations in their fields.
  • Promotes transferable abilities such as policy analysis and high-quality research, communication and presentation skills.
  • Provides opportunities to build a network of teachers, academics and educational policy figures that span local, national and international settings.
  • Located in the heart of London.

The Education MA aims to enable students to develop an understanding of a range of critical perspectives on the social, political and philosophical trends underpinning contemporary developments in education. This course will enable students to critically reflect on their own educational roles, carry out independent research at their own schools, and acquire the skills and contacts that will enable them to progress in autumn term and will consist of a combination of highly interactive lectures and blended learning to support subject-specific learning and development. The extensive range of optional modules available makes the course highly flexible, enabling students to specialise in a particular area of educational research and to engage in an extended examination of their own practice. The course has been designed to support education professionals to develop critical perspectives and analytical research skills that promote a capacity for independent thought and practical innovation in the classroom, and an ability to analyse and evaluate contemporary developments in education policy.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, per 30 credit module you can expect 20-30 hours of teaching and 270-280 hours of self-study. For our academic study skills workshops you can expect 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, you can expect 9 hours of individual dissertation supervision and 24 hours of dissertation workshops, in additional to 567 hours of self-study.

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Participation in an online discussion forum
  • Subject specific task(s) via a portfolio
  • The required module is assessed by essay, participation in an online discussion forum and subject specific task(s) via a portfolio.
  • Most 30-credit modules are assessed through a 6,000 word essay, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules chosen.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed by a 16,000 word dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and will give you a good indication of what to expect.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Critical Perspectives on Education (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits of optional modules, which may typically include:

Educational Leadership (30 credits)
International & Comparative Education (30 credits)
Issues in Teaching & Learning Modern Foreign Languages (30 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
Gender, Power, and Inequality in Educational Leadership (30 credits)
The Political Economy of Education in a Globalised World (30 credits)
Education & International Development (30 credits)
School Effectiveness & Improvement (30 credits)
Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits)
Teacher Development (30 credits)
The Social Context of Education (30 credits)
Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society (30 credits)

Please note: students who are transferring in Master’s level credits (e.g. from a PGCE) will be exempt from the corresponding number of optional module credits, but must take the 60 credit required dissertation research module, as well as the compulsory taught module. Part-time students will take the required taught module in Year 1 and the dissertation in Year 2. They will take the 90 credits of optional modules across the two years. Please note that part-time students must be available on Thursday evenings to take the compulsory module “Critical Perspectives on Education”. With the approval of the Programme Director students taking at least 120 credits within the School may take 30 of their optional credits from level 7 modules offered across the College. Please note that the contact hours and assessment methods for these modules may vary.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course will enable students to critically reflect on their own educational roles, carry out independent research at their own schools, and acquire the skills and contacts that will enable them to progress in their careers. The course will enable participants to develop an in-depth understanding of educational policies and practices, focusing predominantly on the UK and also drawing on international contexts and perspectives.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees. If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

Deposit

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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

In addition to your tuition costs, 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/binding costs
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs

Funding

The Education MA aims to enable students to develop an understanding of a range of critical perspectives on the social, political and philosophical trends underpinning contemporary developments in education. This course will enable students to critically reflect on their own educational roles, carry out independent research at their own schools, and acquire the skills and contacts that will enable them to progress in autumn term and will consist of a combination of highly interactive lectures and blended learning to support subject-specific learning and development. The extensive range of optional modules available makes the course highly flexible, enabling students to specialise in a particular area of educational research and to engage in an extended examination of their own practice. The course has been designed to support education professionals to develop critical perspectives and analytical research skills that promote a capacity for independent thought and practical innovation in the classroom, and an ability to analyse and evaluate contemporary developments in education policy.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, per 30 credit module you can expect 20-30 hours of teaching and 270-280 hours of self-study. For our academic study skills workshops you can expect 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, you can expect 9 hours of individual dissertation supervision and 24 hours of dissertation workshops, in additional to 567 hours of self-study.

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Participation in an online discussion forum
  • Subject specific task(s) via a portfolio
  • The required module is assessed by essay, participation in an online discussion forum and subject specific task(s) via a portfolio.
  • Most 30-credit modules are assessed through a 6,000 word essay, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules chosen.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed by a 16,000 word dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and will give you a good indication of what to expect.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Critical Perspectives on Education (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits of optional modules, which may typically include:

Educational Leadership (30 credits)
International & Comparative Education (30 credits)
Issues in Teaching & Learning Modern Foreign Languages (30 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
Gender, Power, and Inequality in Educational Leadership (30 credits)
The Political Economy of Education in a Globalised World (30 credits)
Education & International Development (30 credits)
School Effectiveness & Improvement (30 credits)
Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits)
Teacher Development (30 credits)
The Social Context of Education (30 credits)
Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society (30 credits)

Please note: students who are transferring in Master’s level credits (e.g. from a PGCE) will be exempt from the corresponding number of optional module credits, but must take the 60 credit required dissertation research module, as well as the compulsory taught module. Part-time students will take the required taught module in Year 1 and the dissertation in Year 2. They will take the 90 credits of optional modules across the two years. Please note that part-time students must be available on Thursday evenings to take the compulsory module “Critical Perspectives on Education”. With the approval of the Programme Director students taking at least 120 credits within the School may take 30 of their optional credits from level 7 modules offered across the College. Please note that the contact hours and assessment methods for these modules may vary.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course will enable students to critically reflect on their own educational roles, carry out independent research at their own schools, and acquire the skills and contacts that will enable them to progress in their careers. The course will enable participants to develop an in-depth understanding of educational policies and practices, focusing predominantly on the UK and also drawing on international contexts and perspectives.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees. If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

Deposit

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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

In addition to your tuition costs, 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/binding costs
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs

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