Key facts

Options: MA; PG Dip; PG Cert; Grad Cert; Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning); Professional Graduate Certificate (Lifelong Learning).
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
The MA is up to five years part time and normally one year full-time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

A flexible MA level programme with various routes for busy education professionals.

  • Flexible and modular in design.
  • Engagement with your own professional practice.
  • Full-time or part-time to suit you and your work.

Designed for education professionals looking for professional development, our Professional Master's Programme (PMP) has a selection of specialised and general awards, some of which can be studied as a full-time programme.

We’ll help you recognise and defend good professional practice. In addition, we’ll help you find ways to improve your own professional practice, as well as those of colleagues, through evidence-based practice.

We offer flexible study on a range of work-based, independent study, taught and core modules, leading to Grad Cert, PG Cert, PG Dip or Master's degree qualifications.

"I really like the fact that the course is linked to my teaching so I can see, and note, the benefits it is having on my teaching and the children."

Hannah Crook, PMP (part-time) graduate

What you'll learn

Awards available

The Professional Master's Programme has a selection of both specialised and general professional learning awards, some of which can be studied as a full-time programme.

Specialised awards

These awards include specific modules for study:

General awards

These flexible awards reflect the general focus of independent or work-based study undertaken:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Educational Practice
  • Vulnerable Learners

How will I be assessed?

Assessments include: essays, a case study or action enquiry report, a critical analysis of the literature, a portfolio or presentation.

Assessment for most modules is based on completing assignments related to relevant professional learning tasks. An innovative range of assessment modes have been designed to reflect a diversity of professional needs and experience.

How will I be taught?

The way you’ll study will depend on the route you take through the Professional Master's Programme. In most instances, you’ll benefit from face-to-face time with a university tutor as well as undertaking personal study. This may include reading, researching literature and undertaking practical research in your work context.

We’ll also use our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, to provide you with online materials.


Flexible or distance learning

For general and some specialised awards we offer several flexible and distance learning modules for a range of credits: 15, 30, 45, 60 at either Level 6 or 7. If you choose to study this way, you’ll be allocated a personal supervisor and a number of support hours. You can gain up to 90 credits following this pathway.

Valuing previous learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PG Dip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 90 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 75 credits towards a PG Dip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.

It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional developments by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). For further information about gaining credits in this way please contact CPD admin.

Links to professional associations

Some of our specialist award areas are linked to career enhancing membership of professional associations. Depending on the route you take, this could include the:

  • British Dyslexia Association;
  • Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors; or
  • Institute of Leadership and Management.

Facilities and resources

Where you could be taught


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £6,995
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 price by credit(cr) module: £585.00 - 15 cr, £1170.00 - 30 cr, £2340.00 - 60 cr
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Working professionals need an undergraduate degree to join the Professional Masters Programme. Candidates without a degree may apply to the Grad Cert route to enable them to progress to higher level awards.

If you are still unsure then why not contact us? Please contact Dr Karen McInnes to discuss which level of qualification would suit you best.

How to apply

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Programme LeaderDr Karen McInnes
Email: k.mcinnes@bathspa.ac.uk

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