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Education Masters (with pathways) - MA/PgD/PgC

The overall aim of this programme is to produce educators capable of operating at the highest levels within the educational arena, with the ability to integrate theory with practice and apply intellectual and academic rigour, informed by current educational research, to their professional context.

Pathways available

  • Education - MA (full-time)

  • Education: Additional Learning Needs - MA

  • Education: Policy and Practice - MA

  • Education: Youth & Community Work - MA
  • Leadership in Education - MA

These awards have been developed after extensive consultation with employers, teachers, education professionals and students. The programme team aims to play a key role in supporting the continuing professional development of teachers, youth and community workers and education professionals.

The key benefits of studying this programme include:

  • We take into consideration the 60 Master's level credits accrued by PGCE students, thus allowing them to fast track through the programme.

  • Full and part-time home and international students from the various pathways study together, allowing for exchange of ideas across professions and nationalities.

  • The period of candidature (up to 5 years part-time and 2 years full-time) allows students greater flexibility with their study schedule.

  • Some of the modules are now delivered in blended format, and some are delivered via block attendance.

  • In addition to a dedicated supervisor, dissertation students also have 4 advanced research sessions during their dissertation year.

View the Postgraduate CPD Framework for Education Professionals leaflet here.

​Course Content​​

Changes may occur to certain credit values of some modules due to a change in University Policy to deliver credits in multiples of 20, which will be confirmed through a modification event taking place in March 2021. Applicants will be notified of any changes once the modification has been confirmed. 

Programme Structure

Taught Component:
Contains 4 taught modules, each carrying 30 credits at Level 7. Each module is assessed by coursework assignments equivalent to 6000 words. Each pathway has certain compulsory modules, and there might also be a range of optional modules available, subject to viable numbers.

Dissertation Component:
You will complete a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Intermediate Awards:

  • A Certificate of Attendance is awarded after satisfactory attendance at one Master's level module (no written assessment required)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education awarded after completion of two Master's level modules (60 credits)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education awarded after completion of four Master's level modules (120 credits)

  • MA is awarded on completion of all necessary taught modules plus a dissertation (12,000 words).

Accredited modules and short courses include*:

Curriculum Development (Successful Futures)
Curriculum Purposes and Principles for Science and Technology Teaching
School Improvement

Effective Educational Leadership
Analysing Educational Data
Practitioner Research 

Educating the More Able Learner
Mentoring and Coaching Principles and Policies in Action
Learning and Teaching Pedagogy 

Education: Purpose and Values
Education and Equity
Exploring the Social and Emotional Development of Learners (3-18)

Philosophy for Children
Facilitating Critical Thinking and Enquiry
Community of Enquiry: Philosophy and Pedagogy

Managing Community Practice
Principles of Community Development and Youth Work
Facilitating Critical Professional

Effective and Ethical Governance: Principles and Practice
Governance and Leadership in Public and Third Sector Contexts
Governance and Leadership in Education

Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion: Underpinning Principles 
Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom
Specific Learning Difficulties 1 & 2*

Leading for Additional Learning Needs
English as an Additional Language
Mentoring and Engaging Young People

* The two Specific Learning Difficulties modules are accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Following successful completion of their course students can apply for Level 7 Approved Teacher Status (ATS). For those students who are not teachers but have least two years experience of working with children can apply for Level 7 Approved Practitioner Status (APS). 

Learning & Teaching​

​Modules are available as part of the curriculum, or as accredited short courses which can be counted as credit towards one of the MA pathways. There will be a range of modes of attendance, including:

  • evening sessions;
  • daytime attendance during
  • vacations or weekends;
  • e-learning;
  • workplace delivery.

Bespoke delivery may be possible by arrangement. Bespoke modules may be developed where required.

Students will be given opportunities to share their thoughts and work in progress with others and receive constructive feedback from tutors and fellow students.  Students will also be encouraged to form learning sets of those interested in similar areas of research in an initial step towards the formation of communities of practice.

As students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, you will each have a named personal tutor who should usually be an academic member of staff from your programme of study.

You will have scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the academic year – at least once per term for full-time students – to address matters including academic progress, career/professional issues, and any personal issues which may be affecting your progress.


Assessment is by coursework assignments equivalent to 6,000 words per thirty credit module throughout the taught element of the programme. The assessments take a variety of forms including written reports of research, posters, discussion postings, reflective wikis, seminar presentations and journal style articles.

Students will be given opportunities in each module to ask questions about their assessments in order to clarify what is required of them. 

Employability & Careers​

Graduates from the programme have gone on to promotion in the education sector, including school and community management and leadership, curriculum leadership, positions within advisory services, lecturing and research posts in higher education, and work with government education departments across the world.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants must have a relevant initial degree at 2:2 classification or above. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.

It is also possible to enrol on the course if you are a non-graduate and have a minimum of two years' relevant experience.


A satisfactory criminal records check (DBS) may be required for particular pathways:

  • For the Youth and Community pathway a DBS is a condition of offer
  • For the MA Education: ALN pathway, it is not a condition of offer but may be required dependent on placement, or if a previous satisfactory DBS is not in place already 

More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Credits Transfer from other Universities
If you have previously completed a course accredited at Level 7 (Master's Level), or components of such a course, at another higher education institution within or outside the UK, you may be able to transfer credit from this course towards the degree of MA in Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. This should be discussed with the Programme Director. Please upload a copy of your transcript with your application, and you will also be required to bring the original transcript to your induction.

Teach First candidates

Please select the Part-time pathway during the application form.

NPQH Accreditation
If you have completed the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) you may submit a bridging assignment (5,000 words) to gain 60 credit points towards the MA Education.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Candidates submit an application form and a personal statement of 500 words containing brief details of their professional experience in education and particular research interests. Decisions on applications are made by the Programme Director.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Currently there is a fees discount equivalent to one module per year available to students employed in one of Cardiff Metropolitan University's partnership schools for Initial Teacher Education and Training or partnership community organisations.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Dr Jan Huyton:

Key Course Information

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Each pathway may be completed in 1-2 years full-time, or 2-4 years part-time. 
One year full-time (MA Education only).

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