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Education - PgCert / PgDip / MA

  • School of Education
  • Duration
  • Full Time: 2 years
  • Fees
  • Full Time: €4,290 per year
    International Students: €9,250 International

The MA Education programme offers four named routes designed to meet the needs of teachers, lecturers and trainers. These are:

  • PgCert/PgDip/MA in Education
  • PgCert/PgDip/MA in Education Management and Leadership
  • PgCert/PgDip/MA in Higher Education
  • PgCert/PgDip/MA in Research in Education Practice

You will be able to discuss which route is most suitable for your professional needs at the interview stage. It will take you a period of two to five years to gain your Master's qualification, depending upon the time available to you to attend sessions and to study.

Course Structure:

The MA Education course provides a flexible and relevant programme of study in areas within education and training.

It is designed to appeal to teachers, lecturers and trainers who are keen to extend and enhance their professional qualifications and expertise.

Professionals within the education and training sector are increasingly being called upon to operate at the analytical and intellectual level required of Master's level work and the structure of the course reflects those stringent professional needs.

The MA Education programme enables students to work towards the award of MA through the accumulation of credits over a period of up to five years. There are three stages to complete and students are required to attain 60 credits from a combination of 15, 30 and 60 credit modules at each stage.

A Postgraduate Certificate is available for successful completion of 60 credits at Stage 1 and a Postgraduate Diploma for successful completion of a further 60 credits at Stage 2. These are exit awards which are made should withdrawal take place following the successful completion of a stage. 

The Master of Arts is awarded once the first two stages have been completed and after successful completion of a 60-credit dissertation. This provides a recognised professional development qualification and a degree if you do not have one.

Key Facts

This flexible part-time programme is intended for those working in all education sectors, including early years, primary, secondary, further education and higher education.

It is also relevant to those in work-based training environments or those with a general interest in education. The programme is open to those without a Bachelor's degree providing they have relevant professional experience.

The MA Education at CMU offers a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualification which may be used towards meeting certain professional CPD requirements.

Several programmes are offered in collaborations with partner organisations such as the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), the Design and Technology Association (DATA) and Birmingham Advisory and Support Service (BASS).  Please contact the Course Director for further information on these partnerships.

It is possible to use evidence from any previous study relevant to the subject to claim for Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL). The APEL process involves mapping evidence against the learning outcomes for specific modules.  Examples could include project work, other professional qualifications such as the National Professional Qualification for Headship, or Level 7 credits gained during a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.  Contact the Course Director in the first instance for advice.

It is possible to take up to five years to complete the course, but it can be completed in two years.  The only stipulation is that 60 credits must be successfully completed in order to enrol on the final dissertation stage.

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