About this course
The MSc in Education Practice and Innovation examines professional development, inclusivity in education with a focus on contemporary teaching and learning models for innovation. It's for teachers who want to drive change and make a difference in an inclusive way.
On this master's in educational practice, you'll learn how to respond to the teaching needs of different types of learners, to give all students an equal chance to achieve their full potential. This is a research-focused course, so you’ll be expected to assess the impact of research in education and social sciences and how it affects educational strategies and policies. You’ll learn to refine your practice based on the critical skills you’ll develop, using evidence from research to analyse different teaching and learning methods. During the course, you’ll learn about:
- policies, educational practice and innovation within workplace learning
- different forms of innovation in learning and teaching
- barriers to and enablers of change in educational innovation
- major processes of training and development
- the evaluation process and its relationship to training and development
Southampton Education School is one of the top higher education providers in the UK. There’s a strong interest in inclusivity in education at the university so you’ll not only have access to expert teaching staff but research groups like the Centre for Research in Inclusion. If you’d prefer a more general approach, or you’d like to focus on a different specialism, you can choose from our other pathways.
We also offer 3 pathways on our MSc Education degree. Your other MSc Education pathway options are:
MSc Education - If you’re not sure which area of education you want to specialise in, our general Education pathway gives you the chance to explore a number of different areas.
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.
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.
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.
This course is based at Highfield.
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.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree, and will need to supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in education.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
During the 1-year course, you'll study six modules across 2 semesters before completing a dissertation.
You’ll take 2 taught modules that focus on innovative and inclusive practices in education as part of your pathway specialism. You’ll take 4 other taught modules.
Three of these modules will focus on the skills required to conduct and interpret research while looking at different teaching and learning methods and theories. You’ll also have the chance to focus on globalisation and education policies or the social context of education and lifelong learning by studying one of our optional modules.
Your dissertation will give you an opportunity to independently research a specific area of interest within your pathway specialism of Education Practice and Innovation. A supervisor will support you during this time.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
Through group work you'll collaborate with other students to discuss research articles, produce a group report or presentation.
You'll also work on research and case-studies analysing research designs, taking part in decision-making and problem-solving activities within the topics of each module you study.
You’ll be assessed by a combination of the following methods:
- written assignments
- academic posters
- research project reports
Explore course modules for full details of learning and assessment.
The dissertation builds on work undertaken across other modules and gives you an opportunity to take on a piece of independent research in a chosen topic. Normally, your dissertation will be individually supervised. The length of the dissertation will be between 15,000 and 17,000 words.
We can support your learning needs throughout your studies through an induction programme and individual support in study skills. You will also get a personal tutor to support your academic development.
Graduates from our MSc education practice and innovation course are now working in the following roles:
- international education officer
- tutors in language learning institutes or other private institutions
- teachers in early years, primary and secondary schools
- lecturers or educational administrators in Higher Education Institutions
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000