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MSc Education online

This Masters is an online degree for education professionals seeking an innovative and flexible opportunity for study. Focusing on core elements of education: teaching practice, leadership and management and research, this programme aims to provide stepping-stones to senior professional roles in education.

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Introducing your course


This MSc Education is a part time online masters aimed at UK based teachers, trainers and education professionals who are looking for advancement into leadership roles within education organisations and whose personal circumstances, such as distance, family commitments or a disability, prevent them from attending traditional face-to-face classes.

The degree is also aimed at international students in similar education roles who are unable to travel to the UK for study and are looking for home study opportunities that will enable them to remain in their home country and yet still obtain higher qualifications.




It is also possible to take individual modules from the programme, as part of your personal CPD. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss this option.

This Masters in Education (Online) focuses on three core elements of education, which provide stepping-stones to senior professional roles in education: teaching practice, leadership and management and research; and their application in a range of different learning contexts.

The programme encourages you to critically reflect on your own practice, which helps you improve your teaching and acquaint you with new and emerging teaching practices. The leadership and management elements of the programme introduce you to the major theories, practices and issues surrounding the management of education; this helps you develop leadership skills as you transition into more senior roles and responsibilities.

Underlying both of these areas is research. The teaching draws on the most up to date research and theory to both support the learning process and to enhance your knowledge and understanding of education.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time, although we would encourage applicants to apply by mid-June. If you are seeking financial support for your postgraduate studies, we recommend that you apply before the end of February so you have time to gather the necessary documentation for your funding body or sponsor. Applications can be made through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application page. For more background information, refer to How to apply page.

Programme Structure

The MSc Education (Online) comprises six taught modules plus a dissertation, studied over 24 months – four modules in the first year and two in the second year followed by the dissertation:

Making Sense of Education Research

This is the first module in your studies and therefore for most people becomes an introduction to studying at masters’ level. The intention is that you will gain the skills to effectively read, understand and critique current research in the field of education; helping you become a critical consumer of research as a practitioner. You will use these important skills in your other modules and during your dissertation.

Effective Teaching and Learning

This module will focus on examining various aspects of teaching and learning and how they relate to theory, research and practice. In this module you will examine a range of concepts and theories from education, sociology and psychology that describe how children, adolescents and adults learn and study. You will also examine research on different approaches to teaching and learning, factors that influence them, and implications for practice.

Leading and Managing Education

As you progress to more senior roles in your school or educational institution there is a need to develop your skills and knowledge in the area of leadership and management. In this module you will focus on the principles of leadership and management, and the challenges facing people tasked with these roles.

Collecting and Analysing Data in Education

This module complements the knowledge you gained in the “Making Sense of Education Research” module and helps to move you from a consumer of research to a creator of research. In this module you will develop your skills in collecting and analysing data for education research, in particular for your dissertation.

Innovating Practice in Education

During this module you will explore some of the new and innovative practices and challenges facing education. The module begins by examining innovation in a wider sense, such as the changing curriculum, but then moves to a closer examination of eLearning, one of the more noticeable challenges facing education practice.

Developing Strategies: Global and Social Change

This module focuses on another role of senior staff in education institutions – responding to changes in the global and social environment. This module begins with an examination of the forces affecting education in the 21st centenary. In particular it will examine changing political policies, increasing globalisation and the effect of internationalisation, and how education institutions respond to these changes.


This is your final module and the largest that you will complete during your MSc studies. In this module you will undertake, with guidance from an academic supervisor, a small-scale research project in an area of your interest.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A first degree at first or upper second level from a UK University or equivalent qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in education or in a related professional field relevant to the programme.

Selection process

Selection is by online application. We advise you to check the Entry requirements carefully before submitting your application. We may ask you to come for interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

We recognise that many countries do not have formal teaching training or qualifications and therefore we do not insist on this for entry. However, while it is not considered compulsory, we strongly believe that individuals with experience working in an education setting will benefit most from the programme. If you feel that you do not meet this requirement please contact the Programme Leader to discuss your application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The programme has six modules all taught at Level 7 at 10 ECTS and the dissertation. The full-time / part-time distinction is difficult to apply to an online programme. We would anticipate that a student engaged in this on a ‘full-time’ basis would be able to complete within one year. As a distance learning programme it is anticipated that learners will combine study with their employment, therefore it is likely that students would take 2 years to complete it as a part time student.

The six modules are:

  1. Making Sense of Education Research: reading interpreting research as a consumer, practitioner, teacher or academic
  2. Data collection and analysis: how to collect and analysis educational data for research and evaluation purposes.
  3. Teaching and Learning: Focused on the theory and research in the field
  4. Education Practice and Innovation: Focused on innovation in practice with a particular reference to Technology Enhanced Leaning.
  5. Leadership and Management; aimed at teachers looking to advance their career in leadership and management roles
  6. Education Effectiveness; aimed at leaders using local regional and national level data sets to measure effectiveness and make informed decisions about organisational and education improvement.

Below gives an example of how the programme would work when taking it part-time over two years

Year 1

Semester One

Semester 1a


Making Sense of Education Research

Semester 1b


Effective Teaching & Learning
Semester Two

Semester 2a


Leading & Managing in Education

Semester 2b


Collecting & Analysing Data in Education

Year 2

Semester One




Semester 1a


Innovating Practice in Education

Semester 1b


Developing Strategies: Global and Social Change
Semester Two


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Fees for MSc Education (Online) are £9000p.a. for both UK and international students

Students can take just one or two modules without a final award at a cost of £1150 per module. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss this option.

You are responsible for meeting the cost of producing such essays, presentations, electronic artefacts and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. For example you will be expected to meet the costs of

  • Equipment (such as Computer, Recording Equipment, Approved Calculators)
  • Internet access (such as a broadband connect or Fibre Optic connection)
  • Replacing lost student ID cards
  • Costs of attending a graduation ceremony (e.g. hiring a gown for graduation).

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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