MA Education

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About the programme

The MA Education programme at Queen Margaret University aims to engage educators from a wide range of backgrounds with education as social science for social transformation, exploring the role that education plays in the development of emancipatory educational policy and practice. This programme would benefit students with an enthusiasm for enhancing their knowledge and critical appreciation of the principles of contemporary education in the context of international practice and policy and social justice. 

On this programme, you will view your existing knowledge and practical experience using a social science lens to learn contemporary reflective and research skills that will enrich your careers in the education profession across a variety of settings. Combining staff expertise drawn from the education sector within Britain and Canada, the MA Education programme will offer you an opportunity to reflect on your own positionality when educating or being educated in various education systems. This, combined with the action-based and community-oriented approach to research taken by the programme staff, will allow you to interrogate the impact of educational research, alongside educational practice.

The freedom and flexibility to study from anywhere, anytime

The Master’s programmes are delivered entirely online and can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no need to ever attend campus. They have been carefully designed to fit around the busy schedules of working professionals, ensuring that work and family commitments need not be reasons to put your ambitions on hold. You can study whilst continuing in your current role and immediately apply what you learn to your professional context.

Programme Modules

Critical Education in the 21st Century

This module provides a broad introduction to education from a range of different theoretical, political and historical perspectives enabling you to critically analyse contemporary educational issues in your home countries and internationally. 

Digital Literacies for Education

The aim of the module is to provide you with a range of specialised skills and knowledge in the use of digital technologies. This module will provide a critical appreciation of how to use digital tools within educational contexts.

Being a Reflective Practitioner in Intercultural Settings

This module aims to introduce you to the notion of the ‘reflective practitioner’ and teachers as ‘agents of change’. Brookfield’s lenses of reflective practice are revisited as a model for developing a critically reflective questioning stance towards practice. Important issues of teacher professionalism, professional values and identity are explored through political, policy and theoretical perspectives giving you an understanding of what it means to be an ‘activist teacher’ in the 21st century. You will learn about the role of reflective practice within the wider professional development agenda, including the need for CPD over the career span and for professional learning leading to achievement of the Standard for Full Registration.

Inclusive Education: Global Perspectives

This module will introduce and explore the complex relationship between the ideals of inclusive education and the realities of educational practice. Activities will be designed to include consideration of implications for a range of stakeholders and education policy, in addition to theory and practice.

Shared Leadership for Sustainable Development in a Global World

This module focuses on strategic thinking and planning to meet the challenges of the 21st century in our global world. Disruption continues to challenge even the most robust educational systems around the world and therefore school leaders will need to be prepared to face these challenges effectively. During tumultuous times we need to move beyond crisis management and engage in strategic leadership to meet the needs of learners and communities during emergencies. Therefore, you will be introduced to strategic leadership thinking and planning for times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. You will gain a deep understanding of the role strategic leadership plays in sustaining effective teaching and learning that enhances outcomes for all learners even during the most disruptive times, but also how strategic leadership can move us beyond reactionary crisis management and develop resilient systems.

Academic Literacies for Learning: Critical Literacy

This module will provide opportunities for you to reflect on different approaches to teaching visual, verbal and written texts through critical literacy. The module will look at how to design learning environments and develop learning activities that promote critical literacies, taking an inclusive, sustainable and creative approach that incorporates digital technology to plan, teach and assess learning.

Academic Literacies for Learning: Critical Numeracy

This module will provide opportunities for you to reflect on different approaches to numeracy and mathematics pedagogy, specifically looking at how to design numeracy and mathematics learning environments and develop numeracy and mathematics learning activities that are inclusive, sustainable, creative and incorporate digital technology to plan, teach and assess numeracy and mathematics.

Engaging Learners

This module will provide opportunities for you to reflect on different approaches to engaging learners, specifically looking at how to design academically rigorous, learner-centered learning activities that are inclusive, sustainable, creative, and incorporate digital technology to plan, teach and assess across curricular areas. This module will critically examine and practically explore different pedagogical approaches to engaging learners, including but not limited to play-based pedagogy, outdoor learning, project-based learning, and digital learning.

Research Methodology and Methods

This module will provide opportunities for you to critically reflect upon the research methods used in education, as well as the duties of the researcher in terms of ethical practice, research integrity, and communication of findings.

Ethical Research

This module will explore ethics for the social sciences and working with human participants across a variety of culturally informed social settings. You will understand the importance of ethical principles in order to protect the dignity, rights and welfare of research participants throughout the planning, organising, managing and disseminating research.

Independent Enquiry Project (Education)

This project enables you to build upon your programme modules to develop and apply the skills of research and independent inquiry to a self-selected project which contributes insights and advances understanding to a subject, field or profession. You will be required to design and undertake a small-scale independent research project, relevant to your field of study and/or professional practice, reflecting on the application of the insights you generate. You will be required to exhibit a professional approach, academic rigour, independence, critical thought and self-direction with the input of a supervisor. 

Admission requirements
  • A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) from an accredited college, institution or university, equivalent to or higher than a UK Bachelor Honours degree qualification. This includes 3rd class honours degrees.


  • We may also consider applicants who do not hold a recognised degree but who can demonstrate at least two years of relevant work experience - professional, managerial or supervisory role.

English Language Requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you will need to provide evidence of English language ability.

  • IELTS (Academic) at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • Pearson PTE (Academic) overall minimum 59 with 59 in all components
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CCAE & CPE) with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL iBT overall minimum 80 with 18 in Reading; 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction
  • Duolingo minimum overall score of 100 with no individual component of literacy, comprehension, conversation and production below 90
  • IGCSE - ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE need minimum grade C
  • IGCSE - ENGLISH LANGUAGE minimum grade C
  • Degree - Taught and Assessed in English and completed within the last three years with transcript confirming language of study is English
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language Grade C or above (UK Exam Board)
  • Malaysian SPM 1119 Grade C or above
  • If you are a national of a UKVI listed English speaking country, you are exempt from providing a language certificate
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