Master of Arts in Education

The University of Sunderland offers a one-year Master of Arts in Education for teachers and educators who want to take their career to the next level. Depending on the final courses taken, students can earn either a MA Education (Generic) or a MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability, and Inclusion) degree.

In 2019, the university was ranked 2nd in the UK for its Master of Arts in Education program by the Guardian University Guide. Students all over the world choose to take their MA in Education in Sunderland due to its world-leading research in the field, opportunity to study special education and disability, flexibility in learning (full-time, part-time, and online), variety of available courses to take, and opportunity to carry out research (thesis) targeted to the student’s workplace.

Entry Requirements
  • Proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree taken from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Documents should be translated in English and sent directly by the educational institution.

  • Experience working in the education industry either as a teacher or in another capacity in the field. Teaching qualification is considered an asset, but not a requirement.

  • Letter of reference

  • Proof of English Proficiency

    • minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and at least 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening

    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) any score above 180

    • Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE) no score lower than 170

    • Full list of accepted proof of English proficiency listed here

    • Students who fall slightly below the accepted grade can take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course (5-20 weeks) in the University, the length of which is determined by how far the test results are from the accepted minimum IELTS score

*visit the University website for a specific grade requirement and UK-equivalent grade given the Applicant’s country of origin

Program Requirements
To graduate in the MA in Education program, students must complete a total of 180 credits which includes coursework and thesis.

Curriculum Overview
  • Semester 1 (core):

    • Critical Thinking (30 credits)

    • Research Methods (30 credits)

  • Semester 2:

    • Optional module (30 credits)

    • Optional module (30 credits)

  • Core: Thesis (60 credits)

Students who decide not to complete the full 180 credits can still be awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate by completing 60 option module credits, or Post-Graduate Diploma by completing the option module credits and the research methods core module.

To gain the Special Educational Needs, Disability, and Inclusion (SEND) specialization, students must pursue SEND-focused optional modules and craft a thesis on aspects related to theory and practice in SEND.

Career Outcomes
  • Headteacher

  • Special Education Teacher

  • Teacher

  • Teaching Assistant

  • Researcher