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Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
MA Education is a flexible one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for primary or secondary school teachers that wish to develop the educational understanding, analytical skills and leadership qualities necessary to improve pupil development and achievement in schools.


MA Education is a flexible one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for primary or secondary school teachers that wish to develop the educational understanding, analytical skills and leadership qualities necessary to improve pupil development and achievement in schools.

Our programme provides you with the opportunity to learn more about curriculum, school management and leadership, as well as information technology and research methods.

MA Education is also appropriate for international students that would like to broaden their knowledge and understanding of different aspects of educational theory and practice.

We designed this programme to aid the professional development of experienced teachers within the context and atmosphere of the latest research in education. We offer a wide range of specialist module subjects so you can tailor the programme to your own specific needs.

Our programme provides the opportunity to learn more about curriculum in the student’s chosen specialist area, as well as school management and leadership, information technology and research methods.

The specific content depends on the modules chosen. The generic skills developed include critical reading, academic writing, research methods, analytical skills and leadership qualities, research project design and execution, data collection and analysis.

The MA in Education is a 12-month programme. Usually students choose two taught modules each semester, and undertake the taught sessions and other activities for these. This usually means that they do two two-hour taught sessions each week as a minimum; 12 sessions per module. In addition, they can access a range of online modules related to research methodology and other topics. From May to September, they carry out work independently, in consultation with their supervisor, for their critical studies. These are submitted at the beginning of September. Students are also expected to attend periodic tutorial sessions with the programme manager to discuss generic issues and monitor progress.

If you choose to study the MA in Education at Leeds, you will benefit from being part of a lively and dynamic university department that is part of a highly-rated university, which prides itself on offering a rich student experience.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Critical Study allows you to design and undertake a small-scale research project related to your own interests in the field of education.

Optional modules

You choose four to five of the following modules.

  • EAL, language diversity and inclusion: research and theory
  • EAL, Language Diversity and Inclusion: investigating policy and pedagogy
  • Directed Study in Education 1 (30cr)
  • Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education
  • Philosophical underpinning of educational research
  • Science Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Science Education: Curriculum and Professional Development
  • Issues in ICT and Education
  • e-Learning: Principles and Practices
  • Design and Evaluation of Web-based Learning Environments
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
  • Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments
  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning
  • International Educational Management: Developing Leadership
  • International Educational Management: Developing Staff for Institutional Improvement
  • International Educational Management: Developing Financial and Material Resources
  • International Educational Management: Effective Development of Policies and Plans for Change
  • The 14-19 Curriculum
  • Understanding A-Level Mathematics
  • Learning and teaching A-level Mathematics
  • Mathematics: Curriculum and Assessment
  • Special Educational Needs: Principles and Practice
  • Special Educational Needs: International Perspectives
  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties
  • Developmental Disorders in the Early Years
  • Teaching Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Grammar Learning and Teaching
  • Learning and Language in Primary Classrooms
  • Teacher Education for TESOL
  • The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change
  • Assessing Language Learning
  • Materials Development for TESOL

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Normally a first degree and at least two years' experience in the field of education. Other applicants with appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis.

If you are not a native speaker of English you will also need to meet the following English Language Requirements;

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no grade less below 6.
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 (Listening 21, Reading 21, Speaking 23, Writing 22).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 64 overall with minimum of 60 in skills.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The School of Education offers partial and full-fee scholarships available for students commencing their studies in September.

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