Masters programmes

Why choose Exeter for your Masters programme?

Our educational research advances policy, theory and practice and contributes to the broader vision of Education, both nationally and internationally. As a Masters level student you will become part of a research-intensive Graduate School, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

Our Masters programmes

MA Education

The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either in the classroom or within your particular work environment.

Highly flexible, it caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs, and study requirements, and aims to develop your chosen area of professional practice and, where appropriate, to help you improve outcomes for your students. It is suitable for teachers, those in leadership, administrative or policy-making roles, and other practitioners working in education or related settings. 

Professional Development in Education

The Professional Development in Education route is recommended if you

  • are interested in a particular module but are not necessarily intending to study for a Masters qualification
  • don’t wish to commit to a Masters’ programme at the outset but would like to accumulate credits towards a qualification should you decide to take further modules in future

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The MEd Tesol is aimed at qualified teachers and others who work in TESOL at either primary, secondary or tertiary levels in different educational contexts around the world.

MEd TESOL (Summer Intensive)

The University of Exeter is the only UK university to offer a face-to-face Summer Intensive MEd TESOL.

The programme is aimed at teachers of all education levels hoping to further develop their TESOL training. A Masters in TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular, it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level.

It is a three year programme. At the beginning of the first and second year you attend a one month intensive course during July in Exeter. Then you have the third year to write up your thesis which is based on a research study. 

MSc Educational Research

The overall purpose of this MSc is to prepare you for the independent conduct of educational research and is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting their current training guidelines for the preparation of doctoral students.

Why do I need a Masters degree?

A Masters qualification in Education will enhance your career prospects both here and abroad. You will have the opportunity to network with others in the profession, to share best practice and learn from others’ experiences.

Increasingly, public bodies across the world are advocating transforming teaching into a “Masters profession” with the expectation that every teacher in the future will have a Masters degree. By taking that step now, you will not only benefit from honing your skills, but you will be a step ahead in terms of career development. Your school or college will also benefit from the impact the programme will have on your teaching and because the theoretical core of the programme is so strongly linked to practice and experience, your research could have beneficial effects on whole school/college policy.

Ultimately, it’s a clear way to demonstrate your commitment to the profession, to enhance your own teaching and to enrich the learning environment of any school