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Education Policy, Practice and the Professional (MA)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)

Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

The MA Education Policy, Practice and the Professional programme is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.

This programme is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Please note – Whilst the block is named as Education Policy, Practice and the Professional the programme itself of which this block will form a part of will have Education appearing in the title. For example, if you were to combine the studies of the EPPP block with Disability Studies as part of the MA Interdisciplinary Studies the programme will be called MA Disability Studies and Education and not MA Disability Studies and Education Policy, Practice and the professional.

Our Education Policy, Practice and the Professional block must be combined with one of the following blocks:

Pedagogy is not available to study alongside Education Policy, Practice and the Professional

Curriculum

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Education Policy, Practice and the Professional curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism.

Education policy, governance, and professionalism (30 credits) examines how education policies are shaped within and between local, national, and international agencies. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, this module will consider historical and emerging trends in how education is governed. This will include exploring the roles of different stakeholders involved in education policy including students, teachers, school governors, and national and international agencies. Students will gain a detailed understanding of contemporary national and international policies and how they relate to changing notions of students, teacher professionalism, and education more generally.

Learners and learning in a changing landscape (30 credits) will explore different disciplinary perspectives to analyse developments in education and learning. This will involve investigation into psychological theories on how we learn, philosophical perspectives on the current discourse of learning, historical perspectives on where theories of learning come from and how they have shaped schooling, and sociological perspectives on the impact of economic and social trends on our understanding of learning. This module will give consideration to contemporary social, political and technological factors which are shaping education in both formal and informal contexts.  

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research centres and forums:

Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Employability

You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adult's and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.

Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

The MA Education Policy, Practice and the Professional programme is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.

This programme is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Please note – Whilst the block is named as Education Policy, Practice and the Professional the programme itself of which this block will form a part of will have Education appearing in the title. For example, if you were to combine the studies of the EPPP block with Disability Studies as part of the MA Interdisciplinary Studies the programme will be called MA Disability Studies and Education and not MA Disability Studies and Education Policy, Practice and the professional.

Our Education Policy, Practice and the Professional block must be combined with one of the following blocks:

Pedagogy is not available to study alongside Education Policy, Practice and the Professional

Curriculum

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Education Policy, Practice and the Professional curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism.

Education policy, governance, and professionalism (30 credits) examines how education policies are shaped within and between local, national, and international agencies. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, this module will consider historical and emerging trends in how education is governed. This will include exploring the roles of different stakeholders involved in education policy including students, teachers, school governors, and national and international agencies. Students will gain a detailed understanding of contemporary national and international policies and how they relate to changing notions of students, teacher professionalism, and education more generally.

Learners and learning in a changing landscape (30 credits) will explore different disciplinary perspectives to analyse developments in education and learning. This will involve investigation into psychological theories on how we learn, philosophical perspectives on the current discourse of learning, historical perspectives on where theories of learning come from and how they have shaped schooling, and sociological perspectives on the impact of economic and social trends on our understanding of learning. This module will give consideration to contemporary social, political and technological factors which are shaping education in both formal and informal contexts.  

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research centres and forums:

Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Employability

You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adult's and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment Team

t: + 44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Faculty: Education

t: + 44 (0) 151 291 3410

e: ask-education@hope.ac.uk

Start date: October & January