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.
After the completion of three compulsory units (a total of 60 credits at level 7), you will achieve a PG Certificate.
- Investigating Education Practice: This unit will prepare you to support the student learning experience in a higher education and work place settings. It will examine theories and methods of learning, teaching and assessment, introduce the underpinning pedagogic knowledge and skills and enable you to engage in a scholarly approach to your education practice.
- Enhancing Education Practice: In this unit you will design and implement innovative learning environments which enhance the student learning experience in higher education and practice settings. It will enable you to situate and develop your understanding of the elements of curriculum design within underlying factors which shape this process.
- Scholarship for Professional Development: This unit will promote scholarship in continuing professional development which incorporates education, research, and professional practice. You will be supported to reflect upon the context in which you work, both disciplinary, organisational and the wider higher education environment. The management of change and the enhancement of their professional capabilities will be developed to ensure that you are prepared to work in complex settings.
After the completion of a further three units out of a range of options (a total of 120 credits at level 7), you will achieve a PG Diploma.
Option units (choose 3):
- Technology Enhanced Learning: Creativity in Design: Technology enhanced learning (TEL) used to be seen as an optional add-on for teaching and learning but we are now at the stage where TEL is an essential teaching aid that students expect to see embedded in their learning materials. Teachers, tutors and lecturers can be faced with a bewildering array of applications, tools and approaches, all promising to help students learn. But how do you make informed decisions on the TEL that is appropriate for your students? This unit aims to address this gap by enabling you to gain a critical understanding of how and why TEL can be selected and implemented to enhance education practice. Applicable to teaching and learning in schools, further and higher education, the unit does not focus on any discipline or subject but aims to allow you to contextualise the unit material to your own environments and requirements.
- Employability/Work-Based Learning: Implementing Best Practice: Employability is a key driver in education within the UK and internationally; the majority of students want to be employable at the end of their education journey in order to move seamlessly into the productive world of work. The aim of this unit is to identify best practice in relation to work based learning in the curriculum, analysing the impact of a variety of innovative pedagogical tools and techniques that support the development of employability, and enhancing the skills of integrating these into innovative programmes of learning. In particular, the unit attempts to merge theory with practice and knowledge with experience.
- Innovations in Assessment & Feedback: This unit will develop in-depth knowledge and skills in assessment and feedback and develop innovative approaches to the practice of assessment and feedback. You will explore current research and practice in designing assignments that promote learning and will extend your knowledge and skills of assessment for learning and techniques for feedback and feedforward in the context of student-centred learning.
- Reflections on Leadership in HE: Developing High Quality Staff to Deliver High Quality Learning Opportunities: The UK government increasingly expects academics to offer excellent learning opportunities to students and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) requires new ways of measuring the quality and impact of teaching and learning. Leadership is a key element to successful curriculum development, adoption of appropriate and innovative pedagogic approaches and, therefore, a consistently high quality learning experience. The aim of this unit is to offer experienced academics an opportunity to reflect on their skills as leaders and to develop these further as role models and motivators for others to follow, creating a culture of creativity and continuous improvement.
After the completion of the research methods unit and pedagogic innovation/research project (a total of 180 credits at level 7), you will achieve the MA Education Practice.
- Pedagogic Research Methods: This unit will enable you to understand and critically question the different approaches to education research. This will include the different methodologies that could be used, as well as specific research methods and techniques to address research objectives or questions. Whilst a key focus will be on research into education practice, this will be set within the wider context of policy at institutional and sector level, as well as the impact on individual learners. You will be exposed to a variety of cutting-edge research practices and will also be introduced to opportunities and challenges of conducting applied research using some of the main data collection and analysis techniques that are relevant to education research.
- Pedagogic Innovation/Research Project: You will critically apply the principles and techniques of systematic research to produce a piece of independent research in order to facilitate academic and professional thinking in the field of education practice. It builds upon, and consolidates, knowledge and experience from all the earlier units in the programme. You will explore in detail core aspects of your chosen area of education practice, with a view to generating new theoretical and/or practical insights. The output, therefore, may be an academic paper of a publishable standard or a report which addresses an identified problem or situation around teaching and learning and demonstrates how recommendations or actions would be implemented. It is envisaged that the research undertaken for the Masters final dissertation or project could act as a ‘gateway’ to doctoral research or further postgraduate research studies.
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Download the programme specification for MA Education Practice.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject or equivalent.
Applicants should be teaching in a practice or academic setting.
Alternatively demonstrating learning through experience, via portfolios or records of achievement, and/or by tasks set at interview, and confirmed by employer reference/s; or a combination of academic and experiential qualifications, to be considered on its individual merits, may also be acceptable.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in the other three components of speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
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.
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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.