MA Education: Lifelong Learning

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Start date: September or January 

Course length: Full-time: one year; part-time: three to six years.

Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby

College: College of Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Why choose this pathway?

  • 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 that lifelong learning might be located are also considered.
  • This pathway will challenge your thoughts, beliefs, views and practices on the education and the learning process.

What you will cover

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  Option module
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Evidence Based Practice Pathway module  Option module
Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Independent study with Lifelong Learning Focus

Core modules

  • Crafting Your Masters Study
  • Evidence Based Practice‌
  • Independent Study‌

Prescribed pathway modules

  • Aspects of Ability in Learning ‌
  • Lifelong Learning Principles and Issues

How you will learn

Following student feedback, Lifelong Learning pathway modules have two consecutive full days of delivery, usually sessions 3-6 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.

What our students say

"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

Entry requirements

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.

Fees and finance

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 awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. 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 two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for a postgraduate degree

Pathway enquiries

Course leader: Peter Tunnicliffe
T: +44 (0)1332 591703

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby