facebook MA Professional Practice – Bath Spa University

Key facts

MA Professional Practice, PG Dip Professional Practice, PG Cert Professional Practice
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park and Corsham Court
Course length
One year full time, or up to five years part time.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have a good first degree, although we often accept applicants with appropriate experience that we consider sufficient and comparable.

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

A flexible Professional Practice MA, suitable for applicants at various stages of their career who are seeking to develop their own practice.

  • Tailor your module choices and course length to suit your interests and working life.
  • Study educational topics in-depth, and choose from a variety of specialist modules.
  • Designed for busy schedules, the Professional Practice MA is suitable for working professionals.

The MA in Professional Practice is suitable for applicants at various stages of their career, whether new to the profession or experienced in the field.

Our aim is to enable you to recognise and defend good professional practice, and to become competent in analysing, evaluating and restructuring your practice in changing circumstances, through engagement with evidence-based practice. 

See also: MA Professional Practice in Higher Education for those teaching in a Higher Education context.

What you'll learn


The Master's programme is flexible, and enables individuals to choose from a variety of modules to suit their working circumstances and professional practice.

It will enable depth of understanding and knowledge in areas of practice with which they are already familiar, and develop new areas of practice if required. Individuals will also engage with, and learn about, research methods, either as a taught module or as online learning. This will lead into the Dissertation, in which an extended research project culminating in a 15,000 word thesis will be completed.

Course structure

As this is a flexible Master's programme your options will vary according to full-time or part-time study, and also be influenced by any APL credits you may be granted. Typically, in each trimester, you'll have a choice of modules to choose from.

You may wish to make your module choice decision following a consultation with the Award Leader to ensure a "best fit" for your professional focus and areas of interest. Students typically take a Research Methods module just prior to doing the Dissertation, which is completed as the final module for the MA.

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.

  • Independent Study
  • Independent Study
  • Work based Action Enquiry
  • Education and Society
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Research and the Professional Part 1
  • Research and the Professional Part 2
  • Dissertation
  • Education and Globalisation
  • Leadership and Practice
  • Education Policy
  • Perspectives of Outdoor Play
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Including Vulnerable Learners
  • Theory and Practice of TESOL

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?

The way you’ll study will depend on the route you take through the 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.



Many of our graduates seek new career paths to educational management, training, or in related fields. Some wish to continue their expertise in their professional practice and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to take their studies further – to PhD level – and seek employment in an academic institution.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The award 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
2019/20 entry £7,195
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021

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.

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,600
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

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

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

Course fees
2019/20 entry £13,300
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021

Additional costs

DBS (if required)

If you're already working in schools, you'll be fully DBS checked, but if not you must complete this through Bath Spa University before you can go on placement. DBS checks will incur a cost.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Students are expected to have a good first degree, although we often accept applicants with appropriate experience that we consider sufficient and comparable.

International students whose first language is not English are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

How to apply

Please contact our admissions team for more information on applying for this course: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The MA Professional Practice is an opportunity for applicants with a Level 7 PGCE to use the credits towards a full MA. 

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PG Dip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 60 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 60 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 cpdadmin@bathspa.ac.uk.

APL only applies if the credits were gained within five years of the start of your MA studies.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Róisín Ní Mhocháin 
Email: r.nimhochain@bathspa.ac.uk

"MA Professional Practice" is a name revision to the programme currently running as Professional Master's Programme.

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