Education (Wales) MA / MA Education (Wales)

The National MA Education (Wales) is a truly transformative and sector leading programme for educational professionals in Wales, from early career teachers to senior leaders.

The educational landscape in Wales is changing rapidly. Teaching not only requires the mastery of a complex set of skills to guide, motivate, and facilitate student learning, but also the ability to enquire into professional practice in order to improve it.

The National MA Education (Wales), which has been collaboratively developed by seven universities in Wales, through direct engagement with a variety of key stakeholders including Welsh Government - will ensure that all education professionals in Wales have the same high-quality opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, engage with research, and to improve their professional practice.

The course is eligible for funding from the Welsh Government, subject to meeting eligibility criteria. Funding applications must be received by the following deadlines: 16th July and 17th September. Please see funding information below for further information. 

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr Rhiannon Packer (RAJPacker@cardiffmet.ac.uk).

Course Content

The course is 3 years part-time. There is no full-time option. 

Students who have completed a PGCE with 60 credits at Level 7 are likely to be exempt from the first year of study. Those students who do not have this award will study three modules in the first year:

  • Pedagogy and practice (20 credits)
  • Collaboration and Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Evidence-Informed Practice (20 credits)


In Year 2, students will take core Research Enquiry Skills module, alongside any 2 optional modules. All the modules are 20 credits. 

Optional modules:

  • Leadership and Management of ALN
  • Inclusive Classroom Practice
  • Leading and Managing Education Professionals
  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Exploring Pedagogies
  • Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
  • Equity and Diversity

The third and final year will focus on the core Dissertation module (60 credits). 

Module topics

Modules typically include:

  • Advanced Research and Enquiry Skills
  • Additional Learning Needs, Excellence in Practice
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Evidence-Informed Practice


Teaching

There will be 200 hours of study per 20 credit module, of which 22 will be contact hours. Learning will be a blend of online and face-to-face. Activities will be a combination of lectures, seminars, group activities and individual activities. 

Students will join their peers on the same course at the six other universities for some synchronous online sessions to develop a national learning community. 


Assessment

Assessments are all coursework assignments and will be submitted at the end of each module. There will be one assessment per module. 


Employability & Careers

Designed for qualified teachers at all career stages.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be currently employed in the compulsory education sector in the UK.

Please check our Compulsory Supporting Documents page for further information on compulsory documents you will need to provide when applying for this course.

Candidates may use up to 60 credits of approved prior learning towards the Master’s degree. You can find more information on our Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) page.


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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Due to the complexity of the application and funding application process for the National MA Education (Wales), we will endeavour to communicate whether your application has been successful as soon as possible, but at this point are not able to provide a detailed timeframe for response. If you have any questions about the status of your application at any time, do please contact us at directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Admissions FAQ's

View our Admissions FAQs document for more information. 

Fees & Funding Information

Tuition Fees

£6,500

Eligibility Criteria for funded places 

All candidates must meet the Universities academic entry requirements of the programme. Candidates to be eligible for Welsh Government funding must be:

  • A resident in Wales (for 3 years prior to start of the programme)
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Holder of qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • Registered with the EWC in the category of School Teacher 
  • Have completed NQT induction, must have been completed prior to the start of the course. (EWC registration must be maintained for the duration of the programme)
  • Employed by a maintained school in Wales as a teacher
  • Employed on a minimum of 0.4 FTE contract. This can include supply teachers who are on long term contracts either with a Local Authority, school or an agency. 
  • Are in year 3 to year 6 of practice (following completion of induction) at the start of the MA course
  • Offered a place on the National MA Education (Wales) by one of the 7 partnership HEIs 
  • Have support of their Headteacher (or other relevant senior colleague/manager) where possible
  • If you have already achieved a subject specific Masters you are still eligible to apply for funding towards this programme
  • No other Masters in Education qualifications offered by HEIs are eligible for this funding


Funding application deadlines

These will be allocated by the National Funding Award Panel in line with the dates below:

16th July 2021 

17th September 2021

Please view our Funding FAQs.docx for more information. 

Due to the complexity of the application and funding application process for the National MA Education (Wales), we will endeavour to communicate whether your application has been successful as soon as possible, but at this point are not able to provide a detailed timeframe for response. If you have any questions about the status of your application at any time, do please contact us at directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Funding for this programme is limited to 50 places per HEI and will be allocated by the Funding Award Panel. Funding allocations will be made on a priority basis, so please ensure that you apply as soon as possible to have the greatest chance of being successful. 

Eligibility of self-funded places

Candidates who do NOT qualify for Welsh Government funding (i.e. NOT in years 3 - 6 of teaching practice) must hold a PGCE, normally achieved within the last 5 years. Such candidates will therefore be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. The programme fee for these students is £6,500. 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact: Dr Rhiannon Packer
Email: RAJPacker@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course length:
Three years part-time

COURSE OVERVIEW | DEGREE HIGHLIGHTS
Degree Highlights

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