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MSc Education online

This Masters is an online degree for education professionals seeking an innovative and flexible opportunity for study. Focusing on core elements of education: teaching practice, leadership and management and research, this programme aims to provide stepping-stones to senior professional roles in education.

Introducing your course

This MSc Education is a part time online masters aimed at UK based teachers, trainers and education professionals who are looking for advancement into leadership roles within education organisations and whose personal circumstances, such as distance, family commitments or a disability, prevent them from attending traditional face-to-face classes.

The degree is also aimed at international students in similar education roles who are unable to travel to the UK for study and are looking for home study opportunities that will enable them to remain in their home country and yet still obtain higher qualifications.

 

It is also possible to take individual modules from the programme, as part of your personal CPD. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss this option.

This Masters in Education (Online) focuses on three core elements of education, which provide stepping-stones to senior professional roles in education: teaching practice, leadership and management and research; and their application in a range of different learning contexts.

The programme encourages you to critically reflect on your own practice, which helps you improve your teaching and acquaint you with new and emerging teaching practices. The leadership and management elements of the programme introduce you to the major theories, practices and issues surrounding the management of education; this helps you develop leadership skills as you transition into more senior roles and responsibilities.

Underlying both of these areas is research. The teaching draws on the most up to date research and theory to both support the learning process and to enhance your knowledge and understanding of education.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants
View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

Applications will close in the last week of September, but can be submitted at any time, and we would encourage you to apply by mid-June. If you are seeking financial support for your postgraduate studies, we recommend that you apply before the end of February so you have time to gather the necessary documentation for your funding body or sponsor. Applications can be made through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application page. For more background information, refer to How to apply page.

Typical entry requirements

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.

Selection process

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.

We recognise that many countries do not have formal teaching training or qualifications and therefore we do not insist on this for entry. However, while it is not considered compulsory, we strongly believe that individuals with experience working in an education setting will benefit most from the programme. If you feel that you do not meet this requirement please contact the Programme Leader to discuss your application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The MSc Education comprises five compulsory modules, an option module plus your dissertation which is core. As a distance learning programme it is anticipated that learners will combine study with their employment, therefore it is likely that students would take 2 years to complete it as a part time student.

Below gives an example of how the programme would work when taking it part-time over two years

Year 1

Compulsory
EDUC6448Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6449Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6450Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6447Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20

Year 2

 

 

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
EDUC6453Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional

The option modules shown below constitute an indicative list; there will always be choice but the options might vary between years. You must choose 10ECTS/20CATS however please note that the only online module is EUDC6471. Therefore if you choose one of the other modules you will need to ensure that you can meet the timetabling and attendance requirements.

EDUC6471Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6458Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6457Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6455Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
EDUC6281Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
Compulsory
EDUC6451Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Education (online)MSc 2019Part-time£4,625£4,625
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Students can take just one or two modules without a final award at a cost of £1150 per module. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss this option.

You are responsible for meeting the cost of producing such essays, presentations, electronic artefacts and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. For example you will be expected to meet the costs of

  • Equipment (such as Computer, Recording Equipment, Approved Calculators)
  • Internet access (such as a broadband connect or Fibre Optic connection)
  • Replacing lost student ID cards
  • Costs of attending a graduation ceremony (e.g. hiring a gown for graduation).

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk

 

The programme follows the University’s standard semester timetable with each module being taught in six weekly online ‘lessons’. These lessons involve around three or four hours of directed activities, including web conferences and tutorials.

Typically this would be:

 

  • A video lecture with an accompanying set of notes or commentary written by your tutor. There may be occasions, such as when we have guest speakers, when this is delivered live - this will allow you to interact and ask questions during the presentation.
  • A set of specific readings from the core textbooks. These readings will reinforce your understanding of the key focus for each lesson. You may be asked to complete summaries of these readings.
  • A case study for you to examine, these are designed to further bridge the gap between theory and practice. Again you may be asked to complete a summary of this study.
  • Activities such as a quiz or a short online research project, to help you apply your knowledge
  • A group videoconference - this will allow you ask questions and discuss topics with your tutor and other students
  • Individual video tutorials – via Skype or similar software, which will allow you to further, discuss topics with your tutors.

 

Many assessments will be based on professional practice and you will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of your studies on your own context. Each of your taught modules will normally be assessed by one or two assignments totalling the equivalent of 4000 words. Assessment methods include:

 

  • Essays (including literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and critical narrative-type essays)
  • Case studies (of individual practice, organisation level practices or national level policy/practice)
  • Presentations (delivered orally or electronically)
  • Posters (including contemporary versions such as e-newsletters and blogs)
  • Digitally authored materials (including audio or video podcast or animated videos)

 

Your final substantive piece of work – the dissertation, will be negotiated and agreed between yourself and your academic supervisor and will offer the opportunity to demonstrate a systematic and in depth enquiry that is relevant to your practice.

 

 

Study locations

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