Education MA (Online)

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MA Education 2023

Broaden your teaching expertise to become a confident, creative, and reflective educational practitioner, ready to step up and make a positive impact in the field of education.

Key details
Course Duration 2 years
Attendance Part-time
Subject to validation during this academic year Yes

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Course overview

This course is new for entry year 2022 

Enhance your professional practice through a deepened knowledge of the theory, design and delivery of teaching and learning in modern educational contexts on this dynamic online masters in Education.  

This Education MA has been designed to help you build on your core skills, explore new learning areas and develop your career as a professional educator.  

Harnessing the knowledge you gain at each stage of the online Education MA. The final module enables you to apply that learning through an authentic, personal practice-based action research and/or other educational research approach-based project in an area that you’re passionate about.  

You will:

  • Develop yourself as an innovative, creative and resilient education practitioner in a range of contexts, such as secondary, FE and HE 
  • Become an expert in reflective practice, taking a critical view of your own approaches and continuously adapting and learning 
  • Deepen your knowledge of key skills including project management, evaluation ethics, educational learning theories and learning design 
  • Add a dynamic set of skills to your teaching practice, including research, networking, knowledge dissemination, and leadership  
  • Build confidence in championing inclusivity and enterprise within the education system 

What our graduates do

As a graduate of this online masters in Education, your career could progress into senior roles such as:

  • Educational Practitioner
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Lecturer (various levels)
  • Teacher (please note this course is a professional development course and does not carry qualified teacher status)
  • Research Fellow

Course details

On this online Education MA, you will develop your reflective and professional skills and practice alongside knowledge, theory and skills-based content aimed at exploring your own educational contexts.   

You will develop modern pedagogical expertise, helping you to accelerate your career in education. This will include mastering different technologies across a variety of educational settings; understanding key legal, social and ethical issues and codes of practice, with particular attention to inclusion and equality; and exploring current trends and issues in education, giving your practice a contemporary edge within the sector. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop in-demand skills, such as project management, leadership, communication and decision-making. The foundations of your learning are built using the five facets of what makes a rounded educator: reflective practice, theory of teaching and assessment, communication, collaboration and leadership. 


MA Education is comprised of five modules, four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed to complete the award.

The modules have been specifically designed to be studied in a non-linear order. You'll begin the course with Module 1 and end the course with your Final Major Project (Module 5 - MA only). The order in which you'll study modules 2-4 will depend on when you begin the course.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details for the MA – coming soon.

Module details

This introductory module develops your academic skills and critical awareness of contemporary educational practice through exploration, critical reflection and analysis of a range of principles and theories fundamental to teaching and learning. This includes reflection models, learning theories, inclusive practice, teaching strategies, planning and leadership styles and theories. 

(30 credits)

This module explores the skills, qualities and behaviours of the educational professional. You will learn about quality standards, assessment practices and ethics, and reflective, scholarly and evaluative approaches. 

You will delve into legal, social and ethical issues in education, and codes of practice, paying particular attention to inclusion, equality and high-quality standards. You will also explore current trends and issues in education, giving your practice a contemporary edge.   

This module will also help you to understand and develop your professional values and how to apply them in the workplace, and how to improve your professional network and collaborative work with peers.  

(30 credits)

In this module you will develop your knowledge and skills in all aspects of communication, particularly for different academic purposes and to develop a network of educational peers. 

You will explore writing, presentation and other dissemination practices to help you articulate and share your academic thoughts by connecting professionally with others. You will also explore modes of critically informed reflection and evaluation, as well as sharpening your understanding of audience, voice and impact. 

(30 credits)

This module enables you to experience and develop an appreciation of collaborative practice and its benefits. Through problem solving, analysis and articulation with peers, you will build scholarly skills in working collaboratively.   

You will also cover leadership skills and theory, understanding of research methods and their ethical standards, and by referencing your own context, you will strengthen your ability to articulate and evaluate ideas and practice with other education professionals.   

(30 credits)

Using the research skills you have developed during the Education MA, this final module will support you to combine your personal teaching philosophy with a personal practice-based action research and/or other educational research approach-based project, consolidating all the skills developed in previous modules into one piece of literature informed professional work. 

(60 credits)

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

Our online degrees have been designed from the outset to be taught and learned online. This means that they're crafted specifically for you to study remotely. We offer a truly multidisciplinary syllabus designed to meet the demands of the creative industries, and as a postgraduate student you should dedicate at least 20-25 hours per week for study.

You'll learn through a blend of lectures, webinars, guest talks, tasks and discussion forums, which you'll access via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you'll find all key documentation, get course announcements and access rich learning resources.

You'll be supported academically by Online Tutors, who will also deliver weekly webinars and facilitate the online forums. If you need assistance with anything that isn't directly related to course material, a dedicated Student Advisor team will be on hand to help. You'll also have access to Falmouth University's excellent employability service, RealWORKs.

We incorporate optional face-to-face events for all our online students. There will be up to two per year and will typically run over weekends, to fit around your other commitments. They're great opportunities to meet other students and Tutors and to explore course related topics through additional activities and discussions. You'll get the chance to hear from industry experts, offering a wider professional context for your learning and a deeper insight into your chosen industry.

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Assessment methods

Assessment on this online Education MA has been carefully planned to work specifically for online delivery. Assessment provides the course team with a means of offering tailored guidance alongside advice on how to progress knowledge and skills in key areas that relate to the course Learning Outcomes. The course team will identify your strengths and weaknesses as an individual and discuss them with you throughout your time on the course.

As you move through the modules, you will keep an assessed Critical Reflective Journal, for weekly reflections on learning, helping you to embed critical self-evaluation into your ideas and personal development.

You'll be assessed via coursework at the end of each module in the form of visual, verbal and/or written assignments. You will also receive regular feedback via webinars, Q&As and workshops with other students on your course.


  • Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Study alongside students from around the world
  • Accessible online audio / visual content
  • Optional face-to-face events*
  • Invitation to attend alumni events
  • 24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
  • Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
  • Students' Union community
  • A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
  • Access to our Careers and employability service RealWORKS

*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events. You can view the latest information here.

How to apply

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To find out more about this course, how you'll learn and what funding is available, get in touch with our Course Advisors. Click below to submit a form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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You must be a practicing teacher in a student or staff-facing role. An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification is desirable. However, candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. If you'd like to discuss our entry requirements, speak to an advisor.

For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) either request information with our easy online form, or read about it on our apply page. 

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

This course has three intakes per year: January, May and September. This course is new for 2022 and its first intake will be September 2022.

Academic start date* Application deadline
19 September 2022 31 August 2022

Please note:

*Virtual Welcome Week begins the week before the academic start date. During this time, our Student Advisor team will host Welcome Webinars and be in touch with practical information on how to study online.

An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by the Early Bird discount submission deadline:

Early Bird discount submission deadline* Academic start date
25 July 2022 19 September 2022

*If you receive an offer and within two weeks you accept the place and pay the acceptance fee, you will then qualify for a further £300 off your MA tuition fees (£150 off PGDip fees). Both these payments would be applied to your final fee instalment.

To discuss all our discount opportunities, contact an advisor.

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What we're looking for

We're looking for people who are committed to advancing their teaching careers and developing their individual teaching practices while exploring new learning areas. You'll be a qualified teaching practitioner from any educational context, looking to build leadership skills, develop your understanding of education theory and learning design, and above all, have ambitions to positively contribute to the future of our education system.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

£11,795 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - 2 years part time - MA/MSc course

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Early Bird discount

An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA tuition fee reduction if you apply by the relevant deadline.

For information on fees, get in touch using our online form.

Find out more about our Graduate Loyalty Discount for Falmouth alumni, which offers a reduction in course tuition fees. 

Typical course costs

As part of studying MA Education online, you'll require:


You'll require a desktop/laptop. This machine should have a minimum operating system of Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.15, at least 8GB of RAM, and an i7 processor. We recommend a 15" screen, with a minimum of 256GB hard drive space. It will also need to be capable of running our virtual learning environment.

Optional face-to-face events

You will be expected to cover your own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to attend these events.

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