MA Education (Masters of Arts in Education)

FAQs

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  • Firstly decide on the programme of study you would like to apply to. Please see our webpages for course information and FAQs.
  • Obtain electronic copies of your degree transcripts/certificates
  • Obtain electronic copies of your English language proficiency documents, if required
  • Contact potential referee(s) to ask them to provide a reference to support your application
  • Go to the following webpage: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/graduatestudies/masters/maeducation/apply/
  • Once there identify the programme that you wish to apply to and click on the highlighted blue link in the Apply Online column of the appropriate table. This will take you to the Postgraduate Study application system.
  • You will need to create a new account for yourself. Follow the online prompts to do this.
  • In the Taught or Research drop down box select ‘Taught’.
  • In the College drop down box select ‘College of Social Sciences and International Studies’.
  • In the Full or Part Time drop down box select ‘Part time’ or ‘Full Time’ as appropriate.
  • All of our programmes start with the word ‘Education’. For example:
      • Education – MA – (Part time)
      • Education – Professional Development in Education – (Part time)
      • Education: Creative Arts – MA - (Full time)
  • Click on the appropriate programme name.
  • Click on the button entitled ‘Apply’ and complete the application form. You can save this and come back to it at any time. Once completed, please ensure that it has been successfully submitted.

All application documents must be submitted in English.  Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

This can either be your final degree transcript and certificate, if you have completed your degree, or an interim transcript if you are currently studying for your degree.

A transcript is a list of the modules you have or are studying, complete with your final or current marks.  Transcripts submitted as part of your application must be official transcripts or verified by your academic institution (in the case of interim transcripts).

We normally require one academic reference, preferably from a current or past tutor who can comment on your academic work and ability.

If you are unable to obtain an academic reference, we will also accept a professional reference from a current or recent employer, which discusses your work ethic and ability to complete tasks to strict deadlines, etc.

Please note that you may be asked to provide additional references post-application if required.

We will not be contacting referees to request references, you must arrange for them to be submitted to us by the application deadline.  References should be submitted by your referees to us directly in the form of a letter.  Referees must email their references to us from their institutional email accounts.  We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.

Your personal statement should be no more than circa 500 words in length.  Your personal statement should discuss why you are applying to this degree programme; why you feel you are suited to this degree programme (and/or pathway if applicable); and what you would like to use the degree for post-graduation.

 

We recommend you include a CV as part of your application. Your CV should include your academic qualifications as well as any relevant work experience you may have had.  If you have been actively involved in the research community for your chosen field of study, for example published papers in journals, etc, please include this information here as well.

If you just want to take one or more of our Masters level modules, without committing to the full Masters, you should submit an application to study on the Professional Development in Education Programme. You will have to complete an application form in the usual way by the advertised application deadlines.

You should apply to the MA Education (Part time) programme. Your specialism will be dictated by the modules that you choose and the topic of your Dissertation.

If you are studying the MA part time you will be sent module information in June/July or once you are accepted on the programme if that is later. Included with this will be a module choice form. You should complete and return this form to indicate which modules you wish to take in the coming academic year.

If you are studying the MA Education full time you will choose your modules when you arrive here in Exeter, during the first two weeks of your course, via a module choice form.

The MA Education Part time has two start points, the end of September and the beggining of January. Your preferred start date is likely to be dictated by the scheduling of the modules that you wish to take. Some modules start in the Autumn Term and some start in the Spring Term.

The MA Education Full Time has one start point at the end of September.

If applying for the Full time MA Education the deadline is the 30th August 2017.

If applying for the Part-time MA Education (September Entry) the deadline is 30th August 2017.

If applying for the Part-time MA Education (January Entry) the deadline is 30th November 2017.

Yes, your specialism award title is dictated by the modules you choose to follow and the topic of your Dissertation. You have to complete a minimum of 120 credits in the specialist area (including your Dissertation). The other 60 credits can, if you wish, come from modules that fall outside of the specialism or from modules exempted via the APL process.

For Part Time students the following specialism titles are available:

  • MA Education: Creative Arts
  • MA Education: Special Educational Needs
  • MA Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking
  • MA Education: Language and Literacy
  • MA Education: Mathematics Education
  • MA Education: Science Education
  • MA Education: Professional Learning

For Full Time students the following specialism titles are available:

  • MA Education: Creative Arts
  • MA Education: Special Educational Needs
  • MA Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking

The Professional Development in Education programme is aimed at people who wish to take some M level modules but don’t wish to commit to a full Masters. The programme is very flexible, allowing you to take as few credits as you like (minimum 30) and leave with a lesser award such as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (120 credits). If, after completing some modules, you decide that you do want to work towards a Masters, you will be moved on to the MA Education programme.

The MA Education programme is for people who wish to commit to studying towards an MA in Education from the very start of their studies.

No, unfortunately this will not be possible. If you have missed the deadlines for the September and January start dates you will need to apply for the following academic year instead.

Different modules have different modes of delivery. There are 3 different modes of delivery:

  • Campus based (C) – the module teaching is delivered face to face on campus – the sessions are usually mid-week in the day time.
  • Blended (B) – the module has some campus delivery (usually on Fridays or Saturdays) and some online delivery.
  • Distance (D) – the module is delivered entirely online.

For details of modules and their modes of delivery please see our Module Information webpage. 

There are some funding opportunities available for students taking our MA programmes. Please see the Fees and Funding webpage for more details.

The length of time it will take will depend on how many modules you complete each year and whether or not you are exempt from any modules via the APL process. You have a maximum of 5 years in which to gain 180 credits.

You are not able to progress to the Dissertation module until you have successfully completed 120 credits either through the completion of modules or a combination of completed modules and APL exemption.

If you have Masters (level 7) credits from previous study then it may be possible for you to use them to exempt you from some of the MA Education modules. If you are eligible for exemption you will be able to complete your MA in less time and for less money. Please see our Accrediting Prior Learning and Experience webpage for more details.

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2015/16 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system. This prevents you from having to complete the full application process. To do this you should email Rhiannon O’Shea on R.R.OShea@exeter.ac.uk with your full name and Exeter student number. An application will be made on your behalf, using the details we already have in our system.