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

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start dates

January, September

Location

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

Special Educational Needs (SEND): Current Issues and Concerns

Specific Learning Difficulties

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 1Term 2Term 3
Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Crafting Your Masters Study Pathway module or optional module Optional module
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Optional Module Pathway module Evidence Based Practice
Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Independent study with a Special Needs focus Independent study with a Special Needs focus Independent study with a Special Needs 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)Terms 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

You'll learn through active participation in course seminars. Relevant critical reading and discussion will contribute to your progress along the pathway.

Tutorial guidance will be provided for your assignment work.

Who you will meet

Programme Leader for MA Education (part-time): Jen Marshall

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)

TypeFull-timePart-time
UK

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

£670 per 20 credits

International/EU

£14,700 for the full course

N/A

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.

AwardCredits
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

Full-time

Part-time

Careers

Our graduates have said that this course gave them the confidence to apply for positions that they would not usually consider, as a consequence of this their professional performance has improved. Some of our graduates have gone on to become advanced skills teachers, disability coordinators, assistant head teachers and head teachers.

You may also wish to go on to further study such as MPhil, EdD or PhD.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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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.