It is also possible to take individual modules from the programme, as part of your personal CPD. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss this option.
This Masters in Education (Online) focuses on three core elements of education, which provide stepping-stones to senior professional roles in education: teaching practice, leadership and management and research; and their application in a range of different learning contexts.
The programme encourages you to critically reflect on your own practice, which helps you improve your teaching and acquaint you with new and emerging teaching practices. The leadership and management elements of the programme introduce you to the major theories, practices and issues surrounding the management of education; this helps you develop leadership skills as you transition into more senior roles and responsibilities.
Underlying both of these areas is research. The teaching draws on the most up to date research and theory to both support the learning process and to enhance your knowledge and understanding of education.
View the programme specification document for this course
Applications can be submitted at any time, although we would encourage applicants to apply by mid-June. If you are seeking financial support for your postgraduate studies, we recommend that you apply before the end of February so you have time to gather the necessary documentation for your funding body or sponsor. Applications can be made through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application page. For more background information, refer to How to apply page.
The MSc Education (Online) comprises six taught modules plus a dissertation, studied over 24 months – four modules in the first year and two in the second year followed by the dissertation:
Making Sense of Education Research
This is the first module in your studies and therefore for most people becomes an introduction to studying at masters’ level. The intention is that you will gain the skills to effectively read, understand and critique current research in the field of education; helping you become a critical consumer of research as a practitioner. You will use these important skills in your other modules and during your dissertation.
Effective Teaching and Learning
This module will focus on examining various aspects of teaching and learning and how they relate to theory, research and practice. In this module you will examine a range of concepts and theories from education, sociology and psychology that describe how children, adolescents and adults learn and study. You will also examine research on different approaches to teaching and learning, factors that influence them, and implications for practice.
Leading and Managing Education
As you progress to more senior roles in your school or educational institution there is a need to develop your skills and knowledge in the area of leadership and management. In this module you will focus on the principles of leadership and management, and the challenges facing people tasked with these roles.
Collecting and Analysing Data in Education
This module complements the knowledge you gained in the “Making Sense of Education Research” module and helps to move you from a consumer of research to a creator of research. In this module you will develop your skills in collecting and analysing data for education research, in particular for your dissertation.
Innovating Practice in Education
During this module you will explore some of the new and innovative practices and challenges facing education. The module begins by examining innovation in a wider sense, such as the changing curriculum, but then moves to a closer examination of eLearning, one of the more noticeable challenges facing education practice.
Developing Strategies: Global and Social Change
This module focuses on another role of senior staff in education institutions – responding to changes in the global and social environment. This module begins with an examination of the forces affecting education in the 21st centenary. In particular it will examine changing political policies, increasing globalisation and the effect of internationalisation, and how education institutions respond to these changes.
This is your final module and the largest that you will complete during your MSc studies. In this module you will undertake, with guidance from an academic supervisor, a small-scale research project in an area of your interest.
Typical entry requirements
A first degree at first or upper second level from a UK University or equivalent qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in education or in a related professional field relevant to the programme.
Selection is by online application. We advise you to check the Entry requirements carefully before submitting your application. We may ask you to come for interview before making an offer.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
We recognise that many countries do not have formal teaching training or qualifications and therefore we do not insist on this for entry. However, while it is not considered compulsory, we strongly believe that individuals with experience working in an education setting will benefit most from the programme. If you feel that you do not meet this requirement please contact the Programme Leader to discuss your application.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
The programme has six modules all taught at Level 7 at 10 ECTS and the dissertation. The full-time / part-time distinction is difficult to apply to an online programme. We would anticipate that a student engaged in this on a ‘full-time’ basis would be able to complete within one year. As a distance learning programme it is anticipated that learners will combine study with their employment, therefore it is likely that students would take 2 years to complete it as a part time student.
The six modules are:
- Making Sense of Education Research: reading interpreting research as a consumer, practitioner, teacher or academic
- Data collection and analysis: how to collect and analysis educational data for research and evaluation purposes.
- Teaching and Learning: Focused on the theory and research in the field
- Education Practice and Innovation: Focused on innovation in practice with a particular reference to Technology Enhanced Leaning.
- Leadership and Management; aimed at teachers looking to advance their career in leadership and management roles
- Education Effectiveness; aimed at leaders using local regional and national level data sets to measure effectiveness and make informed decisions about organisational and education improvement.
Below gives an example of how the programme would work when taking it part-time over two years
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Fees for MSc Education (Online) are £9000p.a. for both UK and international students
Students can take just one or two modules without a final award at a cost of £1150 per module. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss this option.
You are responsible for meeting the cost of producing such essays, presentations, electronic artefacts and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. For example you will be expected to meet the costs of
- Equipment (such as Computer, Recording Equipment, Approved Calculators)
- Internet access (such as a broadband connect or Fibre Optic connection)
- Replacing lost student ID cards
- Costs of attending a graduation ceremony (e.g. hiring a gown for graduation).
Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk