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Education (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Our MSc Education course is a 12-month degree for ambitious students who want to pursue or advance their career in education. You’ll critically examine the relationship between educational research and practice so you can find work in a variety of educational institutions at different levels.

Southampton Education School is ranked 8th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)

If you want to start teaching or pursue a senior role in education, but don’t know where to start, then our master's degree in education is the course for you.   

On this MSc education course you’ll take a research-first approach, using evidence and data to inform discussion points within your written work and seminar contributions. You’ll learn to critically reflect on your own teaching and learning practices based on analysis of different teaching methods. 

We’ll help you to navigate the educational system. You’ll analyse the challenges facing education and how regional, national and international policies can impact teaching and learning.  

During the course, you’ll explore: 

  • how the influence of evidence from research can positively impact on teaching and learning 
  • topics which impact on education, including personal, cultural or social values 
  • international perspectives on different educational practices and policies from around the world 
  • methods and techniques required to collect and analyse data for educational research 
  • current debates in educational practice and research methodologies 

The combination of taught lectures, interactive seminars and independent research study will help you to learn key professional skills. 

We also offer 3 pathways on our MSc Education degree. 

Your other MSc Education pathway options are:

MSc Education Management and Leadership - you'll develop knowledge and understanding of how to lead and manage education institutions, and how to become an academic leader.

MSc Education Practice and Innovation - study different teaching and learning methods and learn how to conduct and analyse educational research in the fields of innovation and inclusive practices.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Andri Christodoulou has teaching experience in different contexts with various age groups, and she is currently involved in the Primary PGCE programme tutoring students and teaching Science.

She received her BA in Primary Education from the University of Cyprus in 2005 and an MA in Science Education from King's College London in 2006. In 2007 she was awarded a 1+3 ESRC scholarship to undertake doctoral studies at King’s College London, as part of an ESRC funded professional development programme.

She has a keen interest in:

  • initial science teacher training
  • teacher professional development
  • students' understanding of the epistemology of science
  • argumentation and epistemic practices

Andri is a member of the Maths and Science Research Centre (MaSE), the European Science Education Research Association, and the National Association of Research in Science Teaching.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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