Education MA – Become a specialist in Education. Deepen your knowledge. Expand your career options.

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Education MA

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About the University of Sunderland

Located in the north-east of England, Sunderland benefits from the perfect combination of city and seaside living and is a friendly, diverse, and affordable place to live and study.

Our courses are career-focused and professions-facing, ensuring you have a head start in the workplace when you graduate. Many of our courses are co-designed by employers, affiliated to professional bodies and our lecturers are closely linked to their sectors. We also offer postgraduate conversion courses that enable you to start on a new career.

We’re pleased to be placed within the top 50 UK universities in The Guardian University Guide 2023. We are proud to be recognised for the first time as a World Ranked University by The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023.

Education MA


The MA Education degree, University of Sunderland is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals who want to develop their careers with a highly specific postgraduate degree. When you join the course, you’ll join a community of practice that includes professionals from a wide range of educational contexts, from primary and secondary through to Higher and Further Education, to workers in prisons and charitable organisations.

We aim to deepen your knowledge and expand your career options as the course offers you the opportunity to engage critically with theory and gain a clear understanding of how this relates to your own practice, background, and experiences in the field of education.

The MA Education course is a flexible degree which opens alternative career paths and allows progression into new professional avenues. Depending on the modules you choose, you’ll graduate with one of two MA degree titles:

  • MA Education (Generic)
  • MA Education (Early Years Teaching)

Why us?

  • Have the opportunity to study an Early Years Teaching route
  • Study full-time, part-time or via distance learning
  • Carry out research which is specific to your own interests and workplace
  • Tailor the degree content to your interests and career plans
  • Learn from a team of research-active lecturers with vast experience in the field of education

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that are available to postgraduate students including:

  • Alumni Loyalty Scheme – 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees to reward loyal alumni who return to study a postgraduate degree at the University
  • North East Postgraduate Discount – 20% fee waiver on the full cost for postgraduate taught masters programmes for students impacted by cost-of-living challenges who have a local connection to the north-east region
  • International Scholarship £900 tuition fee reduction

See terms and conditions for postgraduate scholarships and bursaries.

Career ready

This degree is ideal for teachers and people working in educational management who want to quickly progress their careers.

The ability to specialise the content of the course offers opportunities in particular fields of education, such as Early Years Teaching. If you select this route, you’ll study modules that will allow you to examine the context of young children’s learning and development. You will explore how to critically construct an Early Years Curriculum and identify skills that will enhance your ability to transfer learning to further study and to the workplace.

The knowledge and skills you develop undertaking a masters in education will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government. If you’re already working in a relevant field, you’ll graduate with enhanced potential for progression professionally.

Read more about this course, funding options and possible career outcomes

Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International students

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