Canterbury Christ Church University Education

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Canterbury Christ Church University Education

This flexible MA course enables you to explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education. It is designed to support professionals working in a range of education settings and is relevant for any career stage.

why education?

This flexible Masters course has been designed for education professionals from a wide range of settings and phases (early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education). You may be currently working or taking a break to pursue your studies full-time.

The course encourages and supports rigorous and critical professional development that can have significant impact on all learners’ outcomes and organisational change. It has flexible modules to enable you to explore your interests and concerns relevant to your professional context. As well as the generic course, there are a number of specialist Postgraduate Certificates that can be studied separately or incorporated into the main course, along with a specialist route for those involved in higher education.

There is a thriving postgraduate community with opportunities to attend conferences, study days, workshops and seminars on campus and at other locations.


The following themes run through the whole course:

  • Education research, theory and professional knowledge;
  • Education policy and its implications for practice;
  • Reflective practice and professional development;
  • Enquiry and evidence-based practice;
  • Creativity and innovation in education;
  • Leadership, advocacy and action research;
  • Values, nature and purpose of education;
  • Contemporary international perspectives and cultural diversity;
  • Sustainability, inclusion and globalisation.

In the part-time course, you will normally study three 20 credit modules per year for two years, followed by the 60 credit dissertation in Year 3, to comprise the full MA Education. In the full-time course you will normally study two 20 credit modules per term with the dissertation alongside. International students normally study the full­-time course.

The module titles are listed below.

All of the modules carry Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) recognition.

  • Critical reflection in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Enquiry and evidence in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Reading the changing policy landscape (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Learning theories (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Issues in mentoring, coaching and critical friendship (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Critical theory and evidence ­informed practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Negotiated module – on a focus of your choice (MTLA) (20 credits);
  • Evaluation and research methods and dissertation (MTLA) (60 credits).

The sessions are held at our Canterbury campus. For the part-time course the sessions are run in the evenings from 6-­9pm. Each module consists of six taught sessions and the dissertation is individually supervised following three taught sessions on research methods.

All MA Education Modules carry the additional award of membership of the Teaching and Learning Academy (MTLA).  You will be entitled to use the suffix  MTLA after your name and will have personal use of the Teaching and Learning Academy’s logo. When you successfully accumulate MTLA awards you are awarded a Fellowship of the Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA). Although you will have to register online with the TLA, there are no additional costs for the award of MTLA as this is part of the Canterbury offer and built into the selected credits awarded for each module.


The NQT Accreditation Scheme is aimed at all Newly Qualified Teachers beginning their induction year and continuing their early professional development. Linking closely to the core standards, the scheme enables active involvement and opportunities to continue improving professional knowledge and practice alongside critical reflective analysis.

Newly Qualified / early career teachers  can use our NQT / early career module to start Master’s level study or to add to existing Level 7 credits. This single module normally runs from November to June, to allow plenty of time to support critical reflection and development of your professional practice.

You will attend three Saturday sessions spaced throughout the induction year, at a gentler pace than our other modules to take into account the challenges of your first year in teaching. Successful completion leads to 20 Level 7 credits. You can then continue with Masters study, with opportunities to build in other recent and relevant credits awarded within the last 5 years (e.g. from PGCE)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have recently gained Level 7 credits from previous study (for example as part of your PGCE) you can apply to bring these into the course to count against relevant modules (subject to university approval).

You may also apply to bring credits if you have successfully completed professional development courses with NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) for example NPQH, or a middle leadership course within the last five years.

If you wish to apply to APL credits please complete an APL application form when you apply for a place on the MA Education in order for your APL to be considered.

Download an APL application form here and return to

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.