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Education MA (Online)

Ready to make a positive impact in the field of education?

Key details
Course duration
2 years

Course overview

This course is not currently recruiting.

On this dynamic online master’s course in Education, you’ll enhance your professional practice through a deepened understanding of the theory, design and delivery of teaching and learning in modern educational contexts.  

You’ll become a confident education professional with the knowledge, skills and networks to inspire others, innovate your own practice and lead educational development in your chosen context. Harnessing the knowledge you gain at each stage of the course, the final module enables you to apply that learning through an authentic, personal practice-based action research project in an area you’re passionate about.  

You will:

  • Develop as an innovative, creative and resilient education practitioner in a range of contexts, such as secondary, further and higher education  
  • Become an expert in reflective practice, taking a critical view of your own approaches and continuously adapting and learning  
  • Deepen your understanding of key areas including education theory, inclusive learning, learning design, educational leadership and project management  
  • Grow as a learner, researcher and academic on a course designed to embed theory and research into your practice 



Course details

Through its innovative approach to online learning, this education master’s course will enhance your everyday practice by helping you to develop research-informed pedagogical expertise. You will sharpen your reflective and professional skills and practice, alongside key knowledge and theory, supporting you to accelerate your career and become the educator you really want to be. 

You will master 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 collaborative practice.  

The course focuses on reflection, professional practice and communication, as well as elements such as project management, leadership and educational learning theories. You will also learn how to make an impact as a developing education professional through exploring networking, dissemination and evaluation ethics. 

Your studies will culminate in an action research portfolio, based entirely on your own educational practice which will include a reviewed ethics application. 


MA Education is comprised of five modules 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.

Module details

The Reflective Practitioner is the introductory module and therefore always completed first on the MA programme. You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the online platform and get to know your online tutors and peers.  

This module will introduce key themes fundamental to educational practice, such as reflective models, learning theories and inclusive teaching strategies, planning and leadership styles and theories. These elements, and the ability to critically reflect and reflexively evaluate practice, underpin core knowledge and the learning you will apply to your assignments, projects and practice throughout the course. 

(30 credits)

This module explores the skills and qualities of the educational professional.  It introduces learning and reflection on assessment and feedback best practice, as well as facets of peer support, evidencing excellence, and articulating yourself in context with accepted educational professional standards and other relevant benchmarks. 

(30 credits)

This module explores writing, presentation and dissemination practices to help you articulate your communication skills and development needs along with raising awareness of the range of communication modes that educational professionals can use in their practice. 

(30 credits)

This module enables you to experience and develop an appreciation of collaborative practice and its benefits. The activities in this module aim to build scholarly skills in research, its analysis, interpretation and articulation with other education professionals. 

(30 credits)

The Evaluative Practitioner is always the final module, regardless of when you start your MA learning journey. It is a double module worth 60 credits, delivered over 30 weeks.  

As the capstone module, this is where you will pull together your own action research and/or other educational research approach-based project and consolidate many of the skills developed in the preceding modules into one piece of literature-informed professional work.

(60 credits)

As part of our process of continuous improvement, we routinely review course content to ensure that all our students benefit from a high-quality and rewarding academic experience. As such, there may be some changes made to your course which are not immediately reflected in the content displayed on our website. Any students affected will be informed of any changes made directly.

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.

Find out more about studying online

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.

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.


Assessment methods

Assessment on this course has been carefully planned to work specifically for online delivery. The course team will identify your strengths and areas for development as an individual and discuss them with you throughout your time on the course.  

As you move through the modules, your work will be assessed through several different formats: 

  • Essays, reports and a reflective journal
  • Presentations
  • Learning outcomes portfolio
  • Plans and strategies
  • Action research project 

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Resources and Support

  • Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Accessible online audio / visual content
  • A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
  • Access to our Employability Service
  • 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
  • Optional in-person events
  • Invitation to attend alumni events

Although online students don't have access to on-campus facilities as part of the course, you can hire equipment and access facilities by paying a charge. Find out more about availability and prices here.


As a graduate of this Education master’s course, your career could progress into roles such as:  

  • Education lecturer/Senior lecturer/Course or award leader   
  • Curriculum designer     
  • Leadership and management posts      
  • E-learning professional     
  • Educational researcher  or consultant 
  • Education welfare and student support
  • Education publisher

Further opportunities include:     

  • Academic: EdD or PhD 
  • Professional: HEA Fellowship (various levels) – UK-based practitioners   
  • Professional Standards Framework (PSF) – UK and International practitioners

How to apply

This course is not currently recruiting.

We welcome applications from those working within student, staff and community-facing roles in a wide variety of educational settings. This could be teaching in a school, college, university, or alternative educational delivery such as in prisons, museums, or specialist learning centres.  

We are seeking students who may be teachers, instructors, tutors, advisors, trainers, or lecturers; however, this list is not exhaustive. We welcome informal chats with candidates; speak to an advisor to learn more about how your practice could develop through this programme. 

Additionally, you can look for more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and 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.

What we're looking for

This course is aimed at educational practitioners who want to deepen their understanding of reflective pedagogy and leadership, and ultimately to positively contribute to the future of our education system. It would be ideal for student-facing or staff-facing professionals in schools, further education, and higher education. The MA will be applicable to those currently in leadership roles and those aspiring to leadership at a middle and senior level. Applicants are not limited by location; as an online course that is taught predominately asynchronously, we encourage practitioners from around the world to join our community.  

This course has three intakes per year: January, May and September.

Academic start date* Application deadline
23 September 2024 2 September 2024
20 January 2025 8 January 2025
26 May 2025 6 May 2025

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. Currently the scheme offers up to £600 off MA tuition fees: £300 if you apply by the Early Bird discount submission deadline, and a further £300 off your tuition fees if you receive an offer and within two weeks you accept the place and pay the acceptance fee. Both these payments would be applied to your final fee instalment. Please note the discount amount is subject to change for future intakes.

Early Bird discount submission deadline Academic start date
5 August 2024 23 September 2024
25 November 2024 20 January 2025
31 March 2025 26 May 2025

To discuss all our discount opportunities, contact an advisor.

Speak to an advisor

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

£12,150 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - 2 years part time - MA/MSc course

£12,150 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - 2 years part time - MA/MSc course

This course is not currently recruiting.

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. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

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.

Ask a student

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From course details and academic support, to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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