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Southampton Education SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Education Practice and Innovation


The central theme of this programme focuses on innovation across Lifelong and Work-related learning sectors. There are two broad strands covered: i) policy and innovative practice and ii) research and theoretical perspectives.

The unique aspect of this course is the ability to align the course content with your own professional practice. You will be able to specialise in a number of directions through your choice of optional units and the focus of your dissertation. The Southampton Education School has extensive research expertise in this area. You will engage in study and research in the company of internationally respected academics.

This programme will appeal to a broad spectrum of teachers and practitioners across all educational sectors but particularly those in post-compulsory education organisations.



Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSc Education Practice and Innovation at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Education Practice and Innovation 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 Practice and Innovation.

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 aims of MSc Education Practice and Innovation pathway are for you to: 

  • Appreciate the context and policy drivers across the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
  • Develop an understanding of the nature of educational practice and innovation in the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
  • Recognise different forms of innovation in learning and teaching
  • Interrogate different forms of innovation and associated claims
  • Explore the barriers to and enablers of change in educational innovation
  • Recognise and critique the major processes of training and development
  • Identify the process of evaluation and its relationship to training and development.

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 Structure

In this programme, you take four common modules: Understanding education research, Learning and teaching, Policy and curriculum and Dissertation

You also choose an option, from topics such as: Inclusion and social justice in action, Globalisation and internationalisation in education, Learning and digital literacies, Mentoring and staff development, School effectiveness and improvement, Curriculum issues in mathematics education. These reflect our research expertise within the School. You may also be able to take an option from a range of master’s modules offered across the University.

You complete the programme with two compulsory pathway modules: selecting from Context of lifelong and work-related learning, Investigating innovations in learning and teaching and Training models and evaluation.



Programme tutor: Dr Charis Voutsina


Standard postgraduate taught programme fees are chargeable. 

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 20 students

Average applications per place: 2

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 Semester 1 modules are common to all MSc Education programmes, while the third is one of a choice of two specialist pathway modules (Context of lifelong and work-Related learning, or Training models and evaluation). You can choose your fourth module from the options listed below, or take another suitable option from the Faculty or University. All options are offered subject to availability and a viable cohort.

In addition to the core modules listed below, 2 additional taught modules must be passed at 50%.

Learning and Teaching
Understanding Education Research
Globalisation and Internationalisation in Education
Learning and Digital Literacies
School Effectiveness and Improvement
Inclusion and Social Justice in Action

EDUC6413 Training Models and Evaluations

Context of Lifelong Learning
Semester Two

One module is common to all MSc Education programmes, while the other is one of a choice of two specialist pathway module (Investigating innovations in learning and teaching, or Training Models and Evaluation).

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

Note that Training Models and Evaluation may be presented in either semester 1 or semester 2. It has been provided for Directorate of Education and Training Service (Army) (DETSA) cohorts but may not necessarily be exclusively available to DETSA.

Policy and Curriculum
Investigating Innovations in Learning and Teaching

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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