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Southampton Education SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Education

The MSc Education currently provides two dedicated pathways leading the award of ‘MSc Education Management and Leadership’ or ‘MSc Education Practice and Innovation’ depending on your module selection. It is also possible to gain a more generic MSc Education.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSc Education at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Education and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Education .

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Programme Overview

The overall aim of this programme is to examine critically the relationship between educational research and educational practice in a range of learning contexts.

Broadly, the programmes:

  • Enable you to examine critically the nature of education, learning, teaching and educational practice in the context of policy through different perspectives such as: global, national, regional, organisational, institutional and through to the individual classroom;
  • Provide you with a range of opportunities for studying and assessing the relationship between learning theory and practice in educational and training settings;
  • Facilitate raising your levels of knowledge, perceptions and ability to reflect critically on a range of educational matters such as: values; globalisation; innovation and control;
  • Provide you with opportunities to engage with current debates in educational research
  • Offer you opportunities to study the nature of and issues related to educational research methodology and for you to develop methods and techniques of data collection, analysis and interpretation;
  • Enable you to consider the nature and influence of evidence and its scope to support effective education;
  • Develop your understanding of complex inter-relationships and roles within educational contexts such as leadership and management;
  • Develop your skills and abilities in critical and indpendent thinking and capacity for managing your own learning, development and employment.

The aims of each pathway are to provide you with experiences relevant to your needs as educational practitioners with a focus on a particular aspect of education.

Our postgraduate programmes offer you the chance to work alongside internationally respected researchers. We offer a flexible route to a master’s degree which allows practitioners to research and develop more effective practice across different areas while gaining an MSc Education.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You do this through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background information, see How to Apply.



Programme tutor: Dr John Schulz

Key Facts

  • Study full-time up to 18 months and part-time up to 30 months.
  • September start
  • Contact is mainly through evening sessions

Entry Requirements

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.

International applicants

If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from a UK university, you will be required to provide evidence of competency in English. You can find fuller details on the Entry requirements page. 

Selection process

Intake: around 70 students

Average applications per place: 3

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.


Typical course content

On the full-time programme, you will take four modules in each semester. With the exception of the dissertation, which has a triple weighting, each module is worth 20 CATS (10 ECTS) credits and is expected to require a total of around 200 hours of study. On the part-time programme, you will take two modules in each semester and spread your study over 2 years.

Year 1

Semester One

Two of the Semester 1 modules are common to all MSc Education programmes. You can choose your third and fourth modules from the options listed below, which are a mix of specialist pathway and generic modules. Alternately, you can take another suitable option from the Faculty or University.  All options are offered subject to availability and a viable cohort.

Leadership in Education
Context of Lifelong Learning
Training Models and Evaluation
Globalisation and Internationalisation in Education
Learning and Digital Literacies
Mentoring and Staff Development
School Effectiveness and Improvement
Understanding Education Research
Learning and Teaching
Semester Two

One of the Semester 2 modules is common to all MSc Education programmes. The other should be chosen from the available specialist pathway modules.

The remainder of the semester is allocated to preliminary classes, planning and research work on your dissertation.

Organisation and Governance of Educational Institutions
Investigating Innovations in Learning and Teaching
Training Models and Evaluation
Policy and Curriculum

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 or website).

Learning & Assessment


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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

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

Study locations

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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