Sunderland University MA in Education

The content of the course is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification.
This programme is taught using web-based materials. Many modules have quite open content so that you have the flexibility to pursue your personal interests. The course takes 2/3 years to complete part time.


Core modules:
  • Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • Masters Thesis (60 credits)
Optional modules (choose three):
  • Mentoring and Coaching (30 credits)
  • Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 credits)
  • Assessment: Theory into Pedagogic Practice (30 credits)
  • The Nature of Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 credits)
  • Barriers to Learning (30 credits)
  • Advanced Pedagogic Practice (30 credits)

Start Dates

To be finalised.


The price of the course is £6,500.


 Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) and the Minister for Education and Skills (Wales) not by universities. This MA in Education does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK or elsewhere.



This distance-learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You'll need internet access to use our Virtual Learning Environment, where you will access specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words. To complete the masters programme successfully, a mark of at least 50 must be achieved on each assignment.
The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Modules Include

Typical modules include:
• Approaches to Teaching
• Contexts
• Investigating Student Understanding
• Understanding Learning
When you have completed the PGCEi, you could apply to continue your studies with us, and marks of 50% or above in a module can be used as credits towards our MA Education, MA Education (flexible), MA Educational Leadership and Management or the MA Special and Inclusive Education.

Entry Requirements

Usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.
Also expect you to have experience of teaching or training, following your graduation from your first degree.
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.

Course Content

Taught Modules:
Towards a Personalised Curriculum (15 credits): 
This module will undertake a critical examination of the construction of the curriculum.  What are the purposes of the school curriculum? Who is it for? What is it for? Who designs it?  It will also examine issues of power and control, and contrast these ideas with concepts of emancipation/liberation. The sociology of the curriculum will also be examined.

Global Educational Issues (15 credits): 
This module explores the changing world of international education, especially the expansion and corporatisation of international schools in Asia. It reflects on the ‘nature’ of international identity, both for teachers and students, and critically explores what it means to be ‘international’ in an educational context. 

Research Methods (30 credits): 
This module is a necessary introduction to research and deals with research methods, concepts and issues, offering guidance about how to approach research so as to maximise benefits while minimising problems.
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