Education Practice and Innovation (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

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.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Dr Cristina Azaola is a Lecturer at the Centre for Research in Inclusion at Southampton Education School. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and interested in educational inequalities, social inclusion and exclusion through schooling. 

She convened the conference Lessons of resilience and social inclusion from the Covid-19 pandemic, funded by The British Academy and the Wellcome Trust. She is the principal investigator of the following projects:

  • Teachers’ jury to improve school belonging in technical high schools, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Funding
  • Enhancing reflective learning and school collaboration in rural Mexico, funded by The British Council
  • Investigating staff and student belonging in a Further Education College with Dr Ran Peleg, funded by Research England Participatory Research Fund

She has published over eighteen papers in different high-quality peer-reviewed international journals.

Related pathways

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:

  • 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.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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