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Education (Education Studies)


Postgraduate degree

Key facts

MA Education (Education Studies)
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time, or two years part 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.

Study educational theory, policy, and practice on our Master's in Education Studies.

  • Analyses politics and policies in education.
  • Allows you to study educational topics in depth.
  • Has a strong international perspective.

Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context.

This Master's in education is for both prospective teachers and non-teachers, who are looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then this course would be ideally suited to you (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense.

"Education (Education Studies)" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Education Studies".

“The lecturers are experts in their fields and are clearly enthusiastic about their subjects… I particularly like the structure of the course; the combination of seminars, lectures and tutorials within small groups gave opportunity for discussion and full engagement with the course content.”

Lizbeth Bullough, MA Education (Education Studies)

What you'll learn


You’ll gain a deep insight into education through discussing topics and questions such as:

  • The nature of learning
  • Teaching in different countries and cultures
  • Education and the economy
  • How marketing affects education
  • How education systems are managed
  • Responsibility in curriculum and teaching
  • Government control in education.

Course structure

Trimester one
In the first trimester, you'll study Language Ideology and Education, and Education and Society. Each is worth 30 credits.

Trimester two
In the second trimester, you'll study Education Policy, worth 30 credits, and Research Methods in Social Science, worth 30 credits.

Trimester three
In the final trimester, you'll go on to study and complete the Dissertation modules, which will be worth the final 60 credits of the degree. 

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Education and Society
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Dissertation
  • Education and Globalisation
  • International Higher Education
  • Early Childhood: Education, Culture and Society
  • Perspectives of Outdoor Play
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Leading, Mentoring and Coaching
  • Language, Ideology and Education
  • Education Policy

How will I be assessed?

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place from late afternoon.



Many of our graduates seek new career paths in educational management, training, or in related fields. Some wish to continue their expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in, say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Master's in Education Studies is taught at both our Newton Park and Corsham Court campuses.


You'll have access to Bath Spa University's:


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 £3,500
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

Some students apply for our Master's in Education Studies having completed their PGCE with the intention of postponing their entry to the profession, whereas others apply before making a decision whether to become a teacher. Some are already teachers who wish to develop their understanding of the role.

The content and subject matter of your first degree is open. Some students have educational studies as a first degree, while others studied subjects from Marine Biology to Music, or are experts in alternative fields. In some circumstances, professional work in education (e.g. PGCE) or related field can be assessed as appropriate credit for prior learning (APL) and a reduction in the number of credits required to pass the programme can be negotiated.

We attract students from a range of countries, including Cyprus, the Gambia, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, China, Japan and Australia – as well as the United Kingdom. Students are expected to have an Honours degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution in the UK, although we often accept applicants with appropriate experience that we consider sufficient and comparable, or an equivalent degree from overseas. Equivalence of overseas students' academic qualifications is assessed by NARIC. For overseas applicants who are non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

How do I apply?

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

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

Get ahead

We recommend you read the following and ask questions:

  • Robin Alexander: "Culture and Pedagogy"
    Pedagogy in French and Russian schools is more alike than in England and the United States. Why might that be?
  • Mike Bottery: "Education, policy and ethics"
    Do education systems increasingly devote themselves to the needs of the globally economy? Should they?
  • Norman Fairclough: "Language and Power"
    IRF (initiation, response, feedback) is a common discourse interaction in classrooms. Is this a good or a bad thing?

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