MA by Research Education

The School of Education has a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provides wide and varied opportunities research opportunities.

The MA by Research is research-based Masters programme. It is assessed by a thesis of 40,000 words maximum. You will be encouraged to participate in a research training programme, but you will not be required to complete assignments for research training modules you attend. It is suitable for those who are interested in developing their independent research skills and many students who complete this course progress onto PhD study afterwards.

Our academic expertise in the School of Education covers a broad range of disciplines which are grouped into three main departments:

  • Disability Inclusion and Special Needs
  • Education and Social Justice
  • Teacher Education

We also have a number of highly successful research centres which reflect the diversity of our research activity. More than 82% of its research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4) in the 2014 REF

The interdependence of research with development and professional practice means that we particularly welcome the contribution of research students to our work. We provide a comprehensive programme of research training, together with opportunities to take part in research seminars where speakers with national and international reputations present work that is at the forefront of current debates within the field.


Birmingham’s Education graduates choose to work in variety of education roles in schools and administrative roles in public and private sector organisations. Work in retail, sales and administration are also popular options. Some chose to continue their education and apply for professional courses such as teacher training. Some of our graduates are attracted to careers in education such as teaching, community and youth work or other public sector occupations such as social work, police, housing and probation. New opportunities in partnership enterprises within sport, leisure, education and community schemes appeal. Some graduates also consider work in the private sector such as retail, finance or marketing.

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£18,450 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 Year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time