Course Overview

MA Education in the University of Bedfordshire is designed for practising professionals, or those interested in research, in teaching and learning or educational leadership – usually in schools, the lifelong learning sector and universities. Its modular structure allows you to personalise your choice of units and progress at a pace that best suits you, with a final phase focused on educational research via a dissertation.

Program Mission

MA Education in the University of Bedfordshire engages you with key issues in education and aims to encourage your evidence-based practice as you make direct and meaningful connections between the course and your own experiences and aspirations. The course helps you to broaden your knowledge of educational ideas and research findings as you identify and justify recommendations for further action. This places you in a better position to develop your work as a classroom practitioner or school leader.

Admission/Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study. Standard entry students will need to have an undergraduate degree in the relevant field to pursue this qualification. Transfer applicants will be required to go through the Recognition of Prior Learning process (RPL), whilst non-standard applicants will need to evidence their relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry: Admissions open for semesters commencing in January and September of every year. Ensure you allow adequate time for your application to go through the normal admission procedure of two weeks. Visit your nearest campus in time for securing a place in the programme.


Year 1 – Level 7

Research Methods in the Workplace Compulsory Education and International Development Compulsory
Citizenship and Welfare in the 21st Century Compulsory Meeting Diverse Needs Compulsory
Dissertation in Education Compulsory


Each unit in this course has its own assessment. Wherever possible, the specific focus of assignments is negotiated individually between the unit coordinator and the student, within the parameters of the unit, in order to ensure that the assignment meets your personal and professional needs. The course provides students with a carefully planned and coherent sequence of learning opportunities that facilitate their development through formative and summative assessments. At this level, the expectations, in terms of the quality of work produced, are high, and students will need to take active control of their learning.

Fees and Funding

The University of Bedfordshire fee will be directly payable to the university on the given deadline, which will be communicated to the student in the Acceptance Letter when the student successfully secures a place in the programme. The fee will be due annually for the duration of the degree. IVY fee will be charged on a semester-wise basis. There will be two semesters in one academic year, starting in January and September of each year. Contact the admissions team at your nearest IVY campus:

We have a limited number of scholarships that we offer to different students on the basis of the categories they fall into. Fee waivers are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please access the Scholarship Policy and Form for further details.

Career Prospects

Employability skills are integrated into the course and provide you with an awareness of the real-world context.

  • Study on a modular course designed for existing and aspiring education professionals that allows you to accumulate credit at a pace that suits you, with assessments based around needs specific to your role in your educational organisation
  • Explore the process of teaching, learning support and/or educational leadership, focusing on personal, academic and vocational interests relevant to your educational context
  • Develop your understanding of assessment formats with a negotiated focus in support of both individual and organisational needs
  • Undertake primary research that informs your current practice, as well as acquire the necessary research skills to engage in future research and progress to a PhD or EdD programme

The MA Education in the University of Bedfordshire is designed to help you engage, study and critique key issues in education, as well as to be able to identify and justify recommendations for further action. As a Master’s graduate, therefore, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education. Previous graduates have gone on to take up enhanced roles within their organisation; some have undertaken PhD studies.

Further Study

Students who graduate from this MA course will be qualified to apply for further study at MPhil and PhD research degree level.

Mode of Study

The MA Education in the University of Bedfordshire is taught using face-to-face learning. Students will have access to IVY resources as well as the University of Bedfordshire BREO/VLE to complete their studies/modules. Support will be provided by local and link tutors at IVY and UOB.