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.
You will complete a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
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
Effective Educational Leadership
Analysing Educational Data
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;
- 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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.