Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 3-6 years

UK fee

£6,000 for the full course or £670 per 20 credits* (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,700 for the full course (2021/22)

Course level




Start dates

January, September


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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What you will study

For both part-time and full-time students

Core modules

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. 

Part-time students

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:

DurationTerm 1 Term 2Term 3
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 Independent study with Lifelong Learning Focus Independent study with Lifelong Learning Focus

Full-time students

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)Term 2 (Jan-March)Term 3 (April-June)
Crafting Your Masters Study (20 credits) Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists (20 credits) Comparative Education (20 credits)
Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)  Independent Study (60 credits) Attend workshop Independent Study (Submit in August)
Optional or pathway module (20 credits) Optional or pathway module (20 credits) Optional or pathway module (20 credits) if not already taken in term 1 or 2

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our spring/summer Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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How you will learn

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.

Who will teach you

Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer Marshall
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and MA Education

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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 funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)


£6,000 for the full course or £670 per 20 credits*

£670 per 20 credits


£14,700 for the full course


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

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 are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

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

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

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

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply



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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.