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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.

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

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 will normally take three compulsory modules, two pathway modules, one option module and the Dissertation.

The two compulsory pathway modules are EDUC6458 Inclusive Practices in Education and EDUC6344 Investigating Innovations in Learning and Teaching.




Programme tutor: Dr Andri Christodoulou


Standard postgraduate taught programme fees are chargeable. 

Key Facts

  • Study full-time up to 12 months and part-time up to 24 months.
  • September start
  • Contact is mainly through evening sessions

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 taught modules in semester 1 and 2 taught modules plus the dissertation in semester 2. 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 three modules in each year and spread your study over 2 years.

Year 1

All options are offered subject to availability and a viable cohort.

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

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
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Education Practice and InnovationMSc 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Education Practice and InnovationMSc 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
View the full list of course fees


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.

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

Full-time and part-time study

Full-time study typically follows a schedule of two evenings a week although this can vary depending on the programme. Part-time study is normally based on the same timetable as our full-time programmes in a convenient pattern consistent with a two-year completion period. Part-time study involves an average of four evenings attendance at the School per month during term-time between October and May. For both full and part-time students a non-assessed enrichment programme can also be arranged, including attendance at our professional themes lectures and research seminars.

How will you learn?

Your understanding of the subjects covered and your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies. These also aim to promote continuing professional development. Some of the key learning approaches that you will experience as a student in the School will include:

Group work This is recognised as vital in your development when looking forward to, or continuing in, a professional role. You will be supported in learning how to form and maintain group cohesiveness to achieve clearly defined outcomes, such as a report, a group presentation or a combination of both. Group work will be managed through different ways reflecting approaches you may well experience in the work place. In some cases you will be grouped by the lecturer and at other times you will have the task to form your own group.

Research and Case-studies You will be presented with different studies that reflect the reality of research design, decision making and problem solving activities in today’s organisational environment. The case studies are selected to reflect the specific needs of your programme or module of study.

Learning alongside other students Throughout your time with us you will be working alongside fellow students from a wide range of cultural and geographical backgrounds. This is a powerful resource and we are particularly keen to encourage you to set up learning networks with other students that may extend beyond the time of your study at Southampton. You will be expected to learn to communicate with each other as well as your lecturers in a variety of contexts. During group lectures you may be given the opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a task in small groups, often with people who are sitting alongside you. The possible answers would be shared by the group as guided by your teacher. You will be an ‘active’ learner through taking part in small group discussions and offering your views on many occasions.

E-learning E-learning facilities are provided through a learning environment called ‘Blackboard’ which enables access to many additional resources and supporting learning materials. The School also provides a dedicated website
with links for online learning support.

Student Support Service for Learning We will help support your learning needs throughout your time of study. We will provide an induction programme as well as individual support in study skills, where appropriate. You will also be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic development.


Study locations

EEE Building

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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