Master in Education


Read more about this programme on the school's website

Programme Description

The programme is designed around three core modules and two optional modules. The core modules aim to support students in identifying their specific research questions through a critical review of the literature; develop the requisite knowledge, understanding and practical skills in appropriate research methods; and produce a compelling piece of advanced research. Optional modules allow you the opportunity to deepen your existing subject knowledge and broaden your appreciation of the study of education.

The MA in Education is a programme of advanced study for anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of education in general, and for those who wish to make connections between educational practice, theory and research.

How You Study

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme. This takes place at two-weekend study schools (Friday – Sunday in October and February) and one week-long study school (Monday-Friday in July).

Study schools include lectures, student presentations, seminars, visiting speakers, and workshops. An emphasis throughout is placed on encouraging students to share and discuss their own work and to provide structured activities that build on students’ research interests, and those of academic staff. Study Schools are attended by all postgraduate and research students in the School of Education and offer an intensive, friendly and energizing experience for everyone involved.

Between-study schools, fortnightly seminars are held for each module. These may be attended in person or remotely. These seminars are also available as recorded 'webinars' through the use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides students with access to a range of structured resources, including many digitized texts and key readings. It is also used more interactively, as a means of extending the dialogues that are seen as crucial to students’ learning.

Programme Structure


  • Critical Engagement with Educational Literature
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional (students select two):

  • Education and Social Justice
  • Educational Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
  • Language and Education
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Due to the nature of this programme weekly contact hours may vary. The postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two-three hours in an independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the programme leader.

  • Personal and group tutorials throughout the programme
  • Participation in taught modules (25 hours per module)

How You Are Assessed

You will be assessed through written assignments, portfolios and presentations. You will also receive regular feedback on your work from teaching staff and your Tutor as well as receiving grades to mark your progress through the curricula. In addition, you should expect to participate in formative peer review of each other’s ideas and work throughout the programme through active group discussion and a variety of presentation methods (e.g. annual student conference presentations, poster sessions, 'PechaKucha' sessions).

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

International Students will require the English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read Less