Character Education

University of Birmingham

M.A. Online
36 months
6150 GBP/year
3083 GBP/year
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This is the first and only MA Character Education in the world - focusing on the theory and practice of human flourishing. The Character Education programme from University of Birmingham adopts a broad understanding of character - encompassing aspects of wellbeing, ethics, citizenship and social and emotional education. 


Students on the course come from a range of sectors; including education (formal and non-formal), voluntary and business. The curriculum allows students to apply the topics most relevant to their personal or employers interests and goals.

The Character Education programme from University of Birmingham will be run by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues which is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost research and teaching centres in the world specialising in the examination of how character and virtues impact on individuals and society. You will be taught by some of the best known names, both in Britain and internationally, in character education. 

The MA in Character is a part-time distance learning programme which offers both flexibility and an opportunity to debate key questions about the purpose of education with fellow students around the world. 

The main features of the course include:

  • It's multi-disciplinary – it will include learning from the fields of education, philosophy, (positive) psychology, sociology, social sciences and theology
  • It's flexible – the learning is guided but you will work through it at their own pace
  • It is suitable for professionals seeking to transform their organisation or career, or individuals looking for a foundation for further graduate study such as a PhD
  • It utilises the latest technology to ensure an engaging and participatory online learning experience
  • You will work within a supportive learning environment - all students have a dedicated personal tutor
  • The assignments and dissertations can be directed towards personal and professional interests in the field
  • There will be an opportunity to work alongside and learn from fellow students across the globe
  • It is practice focused – the learning contributes to making a transformative difference 


The MA in Character Education has been developed in response to the overwhelming interest in character education (and associated concerns such as wellbeing, social mobility, ethics) from policy makers and parents as well as teachers themselves. Completion of the programme will ensure that you will further your understanding of this area and will gain the knowledge and experience to implement informed change in your own organisation. 

Profiles of students on the programme vary.  Current students include head teachers who want to transform their school through character education, teachers who have taken character lead positions in their schools, recent graduates looking for further studies in education, individuals looking for foundational learning for a PhD, individuals running and working for charities and not for profit businesses and parents looking to further their theoretical and / or practical enhanced knowledge about character.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Character, Virtue and Flourishing
  • Research Methods in Character Education
  • History and Politics of Character Education
  • Character Education Interventions in Schools and Organisations
  • Character Education Leadership in Schools and Organisations
  • The Virtuous Practitioner
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have a first degree at 2.1 level or equivalent and should have some relevant and related experience in the field of education
  • Account will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6150 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3083 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3083 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


  • A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK provides up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Character Education
University of Birmingham