MA Education (YLC)

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Course suspended

Unfortunately, in response to covid-19, this course will be suspended for the academic year 2020/21. If you have an offer for this course, you’ll receive an email about alternative courses you may want to consider. If you’re a new applicant to the University, you can search for alternative courses starting in the academic year 2020/21.

Specially designed in partnership with the Yorkshire Leadership Community (YLC), this Masters degree is designed to enhance your practice and further your professional development.

You will develop your understanding of educational research methods and apply these in researching aspects of your own professional practice, for example, teaching and learning, and leadership.

The programme is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers and all career stages whether you are a relatively new teacher or a head teacher.

Course content

The accreditation of prior learning (see entry requirements for more information) is equivalent to 60 Masters-level credits, which means you will complete 120 credits in compulsory modules over this two-year programme.

Year one

Directed Study in Education 2 30 credits
Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education  15 credits
Educational Research in Context 15 credits

Year two

Dissertation  60 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Education (YLC) MA Part Time in the course catalogue.

Teaching time and support

Year one

In the first year there are four University-based teaching days (10am-4pm); with two on Saturdays and two on school days. The University days will introduce the online resources and provide guidance for working through the modules, as much of the teaching is online via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

In semester two of year one, your individual research will be supervised by a tutor. Tutorials can be arranged face-to-face, online, or by telephone.

Year two

In the second year you will be focused on your dissertation which will be supervised by a tutor. Tutorials can be arranged face-to-face, online, or by telephone.

In addition there will be two University-based teaching days (10am-4pm); one on a Saturday and one on a school day. During these days you will share your plans for your research with the class and then, later in the year, share your findings.


We have designed the MA Education (YLC) to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you and your school. All assignments have deadlines at the end of school holidays.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or above
  • Be employed as a teacher at a school in the Yorkshire Leadership Community
  • Have at least two years' experience as a teacher
  • Meet the requirements of accredited prior learning (see details below).

There are three possible routes to receive accreditation of your prior learning:


Who for 


Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) – credit transfer

Applicants with PGCE in last 5 years

Portfolio with a short commentary (c1,000 words) to identify evidence in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL)

Applicants who have successfully completed a NPQ or a YLC programme

Portfolio with a short commentary (c1,000 words) to identify evidence in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

All other applicants

Portfolio with a Critical Reflection (3,000-4,000 words) - a discursive and critical reflection on the evidence included in the portfolio in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.

For more detail on what is required for the above please contact Graham Chambers, who can offer specialist guidance and support with this process. We recommend you do this as soon as possible as your application for APL has to be formally agreed and ratified by the University before you can start the course.

How to apply

You can apply online here by registering for an account and then:

  • Click My Applications and select Create a new application
  • Select Masters (Taught Postgraduate) and Part-time then search for MA Education
  • Finally, it is important that you select MA Education (YLC) specifically.

Documents you’ll need:

  • Degree certificate (and transcript where available)
  • QTS certificate
  • Letter of confirmation of employment (this can be presented at registration if not available).

If you're unsure about the application process, please contact the admissions team for help.

Fees and funding (2020 entry)

£4,774 (total) to be paid in two equal instalments.

School of Education partial fee reimbursement

Depending on the number of students registered on the MA Education (YLC) each year, partial fee reimbursements will be applied:

  • 10% if 15 students or more are fully registered by 30 September.
  • 15% if 25 students or more are fully registered by 30 September.

Registration numbers will be verified by the University and the relevant reimbursements will be made back to the student, or school, depending on who paid the course fee initially.

Other funding

  • You may be eligible for a bursary from the YLC, please contact YLC for more information.
  • Your school may contribute to the course fee, especially your research projects will be focused on a school improvement priority area. Please discuss your desire to study as early as possible with your manager and explore funding possibilities.
  • There may be funding available from the Department for Education, for example; the Opportunity Area Fund, MAT Development and Improvement Fund, Strategic School Improvement Fund, or the Equality and Diversity Fund for women or BME leaders.


This course is designed to enhance your professional development as an experienced teacher. This development takes place in the context and atmosphere of the latest research in education and your own particular specialism. The course aims to develop the necessary educational understanding, analytical skills and leadership qualities for success in education through the raising of pupils' achievement and school improvement.