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The MA in Critical Studies and Education is an exciting and innovative programme offered to staff from both a teaching and non-teaching background who wish to study for a Master’s degree. One of the main features, of this Masters programme is that it is both vocational and academic highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of the degree. The MA in Critical Studies and Education is classed as a professional practice masters and seeks to build upon professional expertise as well as practice.

Providing a selective approach into the wider perspectives of education and work based learning, the programme encourages healthy debate and discussion, building a deeper knowledge and understanding across a variety of sectors, taking in key aspects of learning through educational theory and policy, strategic methodology, professionalism and whole-organisational practices beyond the role of teaching.

It brings the various sectors together as well as practitioners to broaden knowledge of methodologies and policies and sector contexts. The programme aims to develop deep knowledge and understanding of the wider context of education. This classroom based part time MA runs for 2 years.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is of interest to:

  • Graduates with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE);
  • Graduates with a degree in any discipline, working in a variety of roles in Education (with a non-teaching background).

Applicants will need to:

  • Hold an honours degree or equivalent;
  • Have GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications;
  • Demonstrate professional suitability in motivation and enthusiasm for the subject and their career;
  • attend an interview and complete a successful entry assessment with the programme team.

Prospective students over the age of 21 years without formal qualifications should contact the college in the first instance to discuss your options.

Where will it take me?

The gaining of a Masters qualification will put participants ‘ahead of the game’ when applying to teach on Higher Education courses or for promotion within the education sector. With increased competition for teaching posts in secondary schools, VI form colleges and colleges of further and higher education, a Masters degree will give them access and employability and will enhance the prospects of all participants.

Course Assessment Method

The programme’s summative assessment strategy includes:

  • Essays;
  • Research projects and reports;
  • Presentation of proposals for study;
  • Reflective self-evaluation;
  • Dissertation.

To apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team for a copy of the Higher Education application form. We can be contacted on 01708 462833 or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where and When

MA In Critical Studies And Education

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
P385HEF-19 Part Time 23/09/2019 N/A £3,000 £3,000 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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MA Critical Studies & Education Programme Specification, 2015 

MA Critical Studies Programme Specification 2015

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