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The MA Education Practice provides the core knowledge, skills and professional values to enhance your practice as an educator. It supports your development as a critically reflective practitioner prepared to fully engage with the changing educational environment.

The programme is committed to enhancing the student learning experience by fostering dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous development. This programme provides you with the opportunity to engage in educational scholarship, which is integrated with your research and/or professional activities.

There are three potential exit points from the programme:

  • At PG Certificate level after completion of three compulsory units (a total of 60 credits at level 7)
  • At PG Diploma level after completion of a further three units out of a range of options (a total of 120 credits at level 7)
  • At MA level after completion of an additional research methods unit and pedagogic innovation/research project (a total of 180 credits at level 7)

You can also take the PG Dip stage options as part of continuing professional development or gain 20 credits after successful completion of the assessment. If you've already completed the PG Cert level you can enter the MA in Year 2, just click the green 'apply now' button and select the year 2 entry option. The full MA may enable progression to doctoral level study. Completion of all or part of this programme will help you evidence your knowledge, understanding and skills around education practice. 

Key information

Next start date:

October 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


MA: typically 36 months; PGDip: typically 24 months; PGCert: typically 12 months; individual CPD units: typically 3 months


Successful completion of the PGCert leads automatically to Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship and registration of Teacher Status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject or equivalent. Applicants should be teaching in a practice or academic setting. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Download the programme specification (pdf 399kb)

Entry requirements

Accreditation information

Successful completion of the PGCert leads automatically to Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship and registration of Teacher Status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). In order to meet this standard, healthcare professionals entering the programme must have access to a minimum of 12 weeks’ (360 hours’) teaching practice.

This may include all aspects of the teacher’s role, such as mentoring, one-to-one support, assessment, course evaluation and curriculum development. Students must also fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be registered in the same part or sub-part of the register as the students they support
  • Have completed at least three years post-registration experience, gained additional professional knowledge and skills, and have experience in an area where students are gaining practice experience relevant to their registration
  • Have extended their professional knowledge, relevant to their field of practice, to at least first degree level, prior to undertaking an NMC-approved post-graduate teacher preparation programme.

Costs and fees

Further study

Research is fundamental to the development and delivery of Higher Education. At BU we recognise this, and place research at the core of our activities. You can find out more about our Research Themes online.

Such is our commitment to research that we have over 200 students studying for a research degree at BU. They are all members of the Graduate School and are undertaking projects that will make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.

To find out more about the subject areas for research, visit our doctoral research pages.

Doctoral research pages

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