MA Education: Lifelong Learning
Start date: September or January
Course length: Full-time: one year; part-time: three to six years.
Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training
- Lifelong learning is something that everyone engages in, and most educationalists have a view as to what it is. This is an opportunity to see whether your version coincides with the presented definition.
- You will look at lifelong learning in the here and now, and in terms of what educational opportunities could be available in the future. The environments in which lifelong learning might be located are also considered.
- This pathway will challenge your thoughts, beliefs, views and practices on education and the learning process.
As a part-time student your studying will normally take place over three academic years, potentially choosing one module per term.
Your first module will be ‘Crafting Your Masters Study’. The other pathway, core and optional modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.
Here is an example of possible combination modules:
|Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)||Crafting Your Masters Study||Pathway module||Optional module|
|Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)||Evidence Based Practice||Pathway module||Optional module|
|Year 3 - Masters (180 credits)||Independent study with Lifelong Learning Focus
As a full-time student your studying will normally take place over one academic year. The optional modules and pathway modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.
Here is an example of the combination of modules that you would choose:
|Term 1 (Sept - Dec)||Crafting Your Masters Study (20 credits)||Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)||Optional or pathway module (20 credits)|
|Term 2 (Jan - March)||Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists (20 credits)||Independent Study (60 credits) Attend workshop||Optional or pathway module (20 credits)|
|Term 3 (April - June)||Comparative Education (20 credits)||Independent Study (Submit in August)||Optional or pathway module (20 credits) if not already taken in term 1 or 2|
For both part-time and full-time students
- Crafting Your Masters Study
- Evidence Based Practice
- Independent Study
Prescribed pathway modules
- Aspects of Ability in Learning
You will explore theories of ability and educability and address questions such as: Are abilities fixed and are they susceptible to change and development? You will consider learning abilities from a biological, psychological and neuroscientific perspective.
- Lifelong Learning Principles and Issues
You will consider contemporary principles and issues of lifelong learning. In addition to the ‘politicisation’ of lifelong learning, you will be encouraged to look at individual, social and economic benefits accrued from engaging in ‘liberal’ education.
Following student feedback, Lifelong Learning pathway modules have two consecutive full days of delivery, usually sessions 2-6 which are scheduled on dates which coincide with a Derbyshire school's half term holiday. Sessions 1, 7 and 8 will be mid-week 5pm - 8pm sessions. This ’block’ delivery allows students to concentrate on the module material in a much more intensive manner and also encourages participants to network and share elements of their practice and approaches in an informal environment during breaks.
You will be encouraged to engage in a dialogue through a ‘flipped’ approach to working with the content of the modules in order to not only clarify your own understanding of the concepts which you will be introduced to, but to also explore alternative ideas. This is also designed to encourage you to engage in ‘masterly’ activities by approaching discussions from an informed position.
Session 7 or 8 will include an ‘open house’ discussion with input from experts in various fields associated with Lifelong Learning, as well as students who have previously participated in this module. You will also be expected to contribute to this activity.
How you're assessed
You will produce a written assignment which as well as asking you to engage critically with academic material around the subject matter, will also set you the task of highlighting how this is relevant to your own personal or professional context.
"It’s been fascinating to explore the depth of the subject and have the guidance to help me understand lifelong learning in a creative way."
David Home, graduate
You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification and a role within education that will allow you to complete the work based assignments. Even if you don’t have these entry requirements it’s worth contacting us if you have relevant professional experience as we may be able to consider your application.
2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)
£580 per 20 credits*
£580 per 20 credits*
£12,000 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the award.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over three to six years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.