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MA in Professional Education


MA in Professional Education - Individuals

If you apply now, you will be starting your upgrade at Easter 2018.

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This is ideal for our current trainees, NQTs and RQTs and alumni (within the last five years), who will have automatically gained 90 credits by doing their PGCE at The University of Warwick.

The MA in Professional Education enables you to develop an area of expertise and utilise up-to-date educational research to improve your classroom effectiveness. This course is suitable for you if you are in teaching and would like to improve your professional competence or progress into a more senior role. This course can be done entirely online.


  • Develop an area of expertise in education that you are interested in
  • Improve your opportunities for career progression into leadership and senior roles
  • Enables you to use up-to-date educational research to improve your classroom effectiveness
  • Supervised by highly qualified and experienced teachers who have taught in the Primary or Secondary sector
  • Demonstrate research and evidence informed teaching
  • Tailor teaching to learning needs through your research
  • Interrogate and question educational theory
  • Understand the nature and significance of your chosen educational issue
  • Improve your professional confidence, critical thinking, writing, and collaboration skills
  • Prepare for a PhD or EdD in education
  • Provides opportunities to link back with subject experts at CTE.
Entry Requirements

To study for this Masters degree course you must hold a Bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification on an equivalent level. You will already have a total of 90 CATS points from the PGCE programme (at any phase).

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of seven under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.


This course can be done entirely online.

Duration (approx 18 months from April 2018 to August 2019): 
Part A: Summer Term
Part B: 12 months

This course is designed to follow on from the PGCE programme to upgrade it into a full MA in Professional Education. You can choose to take this anytime over the five year period that your 90 CATS points are valid for, but we recommend that you start it within a year or two of your PGCE, as this course is designed to sit alongside a full-time teaching role.
Part A : Summer Term (online)

Foundation Research Methods in Education - 30 CATS points

This module in Foundation Research Methods in Education provides the framework for Part B and it gives you the skills and knowledge to proceed to the next module. It is delivered online by the Centre for Education Studies.

Part B : 12 months (online or on campus)

Dissertation - 60 CATS points

A dissertation that is individually supervised by a member of academic staff, from the Centre for Teacher Education. Tutorials can be either by Skype or on the Warwick campus.


The cost of this MA is £4,085. This is payable in two 50% instalments.


If you have a question that has not been answered above, please fill out the Enquiry Form. If you want to Apply, please fill in the Stage One - Application Form.

MA in Professional Education - School Groups

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This is a collaborative MA in Professional Education that is tailored to underpin your school's Development and Improvement Plans. Your school staff will teach alongside experts to improve the skill base of the school.

This is a three year, part-time course for those in practice, and may be shorter than this for those who have Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) from PGCE programmes or NPQ courses.

Course structure

Year One

Two 30 credit modules that make up a non-QTS Post Graduate Certificate of Education:

1. A Reflective Practice module that reintroduces teaching professionals to expected university standards: Harvard referencing, ethical processes for research, and digital library systems

2. A second module that is specifically tailored to meet individual school needs

Year Two

Two 30 credit modules that make up a Post Graduate Diploma:

1. A further school specific module

2. A module in Foundation Research Methods that provides the framework for the final year thesis

Year Three

One 60 credit module:

1. A dissertation that has individual supervision with the experience of one of our Senior Teaching Fellows. Tutorials can be either online or on the Warwick campus.

  • Inset days can contribute to the MA programme

  • The School Development Plan (SDP) can be used through the Masters

  • Collaborative programme where your school staff teach alongside experts to improve the skill base of your school

  • Bespoke programme that enables School Improvement Plan (SIP) to be incorporated into the Masters

  • Warwick staff remain responsible for all Level 7 accreditation

The MA in Professional Education provides an opportunity for Bilton staff to engage in accredited professional study and formalise processes to gain recognition for reflective practice, lesson study and action research. Outcomes for students are improved through practice that is informed and challenged by research.

Tess White, Bilton School

  • The MA is available as a stand alone Certificate or Diploma over one or two years, or as a full three year part-time Masters, designed to fit around full-time teaching.

Cost is dependent on the size of the school cohort but discount is applied to the individual student Masters price.


If you represent your school Senior Leadership Team or Professional Learning (CPD) and want to discuss the programme further, please fill out the Enquiry Form and the Programme Lead will be in touch with you.