Full Time: 12 months | Part-time: currently up to 63 months
Start date: September 2018
Gain an in-depth understanding of the way young children and young adults think and behave on this flexible and highly regarded master's course.
This pathway is offered on a full-time and part-time basis and is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and to reflect your own interests. You will develop as a leader, not just as a teacher.
Focus on cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership, and gain an in-depth understanding of the way young children think and behave.
Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment.
You tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course, and you will benefit from the breadth of their expertise and backgrounds in educating and influencing policy.
The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.
We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including: modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.
The Institute also houses an incredible collection of teaching and research resources, called the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.
The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
To apply for this pathway, please submit an application for the MA Education and confirm your choice of pathway in your Statement of Purpose.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard university entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education and training with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years’ experience of teaching/training but will consider applications from good students with at least one year’s experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience. See pages XXX-XXX and website for more details.
What will you study?
Values and Practices in Education: an overview of key philosophical, social, cultural and political debates about education
Investigating Education: provides both theoretical and practical knowledge to support educational research and enquiry.
Child Development: covers the development of children up to and including puberty, and this may impact on education
The professional self in Early Years leadership: aims to construct an image of the Early Years professional as an expert in relational pedagogy, acting as a role model for children staff and parents.
Improving Teaching and Learning: enables students to explore an aspect of teaching and learning practice and to evaluate this in light of research evidence.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £7,360 per year
New international students: £15,650 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2018/19 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
Our master’s and professional programmes have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions.
A number of students also continue their studies on to EdD/ PhD programmes to develop a career in educational research.