The MA Education will help those interested in Education across a broad range of contexts to utilise cutting-edge research, theory and practice to build a fairer education system for a globalised world.

This programme will be of interest to those working in, or interested in pursuing a career in, education and education research. 

The MA Education (non-pathway) route will draw upon the School of Education’s principle research areas: Education for Social Justice, International and Comparative Education, Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs, and Education Leadership enabling you more choice in designing your own programme according to your particular areas of interest. Our range of compulsory and optional modules will allow you to build a programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. 

If you are looking for greater disciplinary specialism, we also offer four specialist ‘pathways’, leading to an MA Education (named pathway): 

  • MA Education (Comparative and International Perspectives)
  • MA Education (Inclusion and Disability)
  • MA Education (Leadership)
  • MA Education (Social Justice) 

Please note that like most Masters programmes, this programme does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS).

International students

The MA Education programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and welcomes applications from international students.

The University of Newcastle, which has over 8,700 international students from approximately 150 countries, provides support throughout the course for those that are new to, or less experienced in, studying in a UK context.

If you would like further information about studying in Newcastle, then you can visit our international students webpage. 

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

MA Education

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1145

How long it takes:

MA – 12 months full-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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The MA Education programme has two compulsory modules (40 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits).



  • Education, Policy and Society 
  • Researching Education 
  • Dissertation


Choose four optional modules from:

  • Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Education for Social Justice
  • Cross Cultural Issues in SEND
  • Education as an International Issue
  • Understanding School Improvement 
  • Alternative Approaches to Education
  • Inclusion: Individual and Group Differences
  • Leadership for School Improvement
  • Language, Discourse and Society
  • Special Educational Needs of Children with Autism
  • Curriculum and Approaches for Children with Autism
  • Disability and Inclusive Development (IDD)
  • Education Policy and Improving Schools
  • Curriculum Design in Global Contexts
  • Personal and Professional Skills in Education Management
  • Education, Observation and Evaluation 

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

This programme has been specially developed to appeal to graduates of social science disciplines and professionals seeking job opportunities in sectors requiring a broad range of education-focused knowledge and analytic skill. Graduates of the MA Education would have the flexibility to use modules to progress to postgraduate research programmes, or may wish to consider job opportunities in sectors requiring knowledge of domestic and international policy, education leadership and practice, inclusion and social justice, and school improvement.