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Master of Arts Education Studies (Awarded by Bangor University, UK)

About the Course
Course Curriculum

Bangor University

Founded in 1884, dedicated to academic excellence for more than 130 years, Bangor University is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK.
 
  • Ranked among the Top 2% of Global Higher Education Institutions in the World - The Times Higher Education World University 2015/16
  • World ranking 107th for International Outlook - Times Higher Education World Ranking 2015/2016
  • Top 10 UK University for Teaching Quality - The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2016
  • Top 10 UK University for Student Satisfaction - National Student Survey 2015
  • Top 15 UK University for Student Experience - The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2016
  • 90% of Bangor graduates progressed to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 
  • A member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Bangor University is listed in Ministry of Manpower (MOM)* List of Acceptable Institutes for Training Employment Pass         *www.mom.gov.sg
 

Programme Objectives

The MA Education Studies programme will offer a course of study that is academically challenging and relevant to a wide range of educational contexts. The aim is to enhance students’ knowledge and conceptual understanding of a range of contemporary educational issues. A wide variety of teaching methods is used during the programme; including lectures, seminars and tutorials. The degree programme is assessed using a variety of methods; including essay, report, presentation, and dissertation.

The main educational aims of the programme are:
• Provide a supportive learning environment appropriate to postgraduate study and research
• Offer a programme that is academically challenging and relevant to a wide range of educational contexts
• Enhance the knowledge and conceptual understanding of a range of educational issues
• Share innovative and inspirational experiences that stimulate learning
• Present a critical framework within which students can develop their own responses to contemporary educational issues
• Contribute to the continuing professional development of students on each pathway – teachers and lecturers, leaders and managers

There are two pathways available in the programme, one for ‘Teachers and Lecturers’ and one for ‘Leaders and Managers’. Each pathway consists of four taught modules and a dissertation.
 

Award

 
Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the Master of Arts Education Studies from Bangor University, UK,

 

Bangor University, UK

 

 
Founded in 1884, dedicated to academic excellence for more than 130 years, Bangor University is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK.
 
  • Ranked among the Top 2% of Global Higher Education Institutions in the World - The Times Higher Education World University 2015/16
  • World ranking 107th for International Outlook - Times Higher Education World Ranking 2015/2016
  • Top 10 UK University for Teaching Quality - The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2016
  • Top 10 UK University for Student Satisfaction - National Student Survey 2015
  • Top 15 UK University for Student Experience - The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2016
  • A member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Bangor University is listed in Ministry of Manpower (MOM)* List of Acceptable Institutes for Training Employment Pass         *www.mom.gov.sg
 

 

 

Module Descriptions

 
Adult Learners – Theory/Method

Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:

• Demonstrate a critical awareness of theoretical underpinnings of practical approaches relating to your own and others’ action research projects and how these may impact on your own professional practice in particular and communities in general.
• Critically appraise, analyse and synthesise a range of key theoretical perspectives and debates framing adult learning and adult education.
• Demonstrate a critically informed understanding and knowledge of contemporary debates within the field of both pedagogy and andragogy.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of practical action research in relation to your own teaching and learning environment and that of others.

 
Intercultural Education

Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:
• Examine and evaluate the relationship between education and one or more than one of the topics or issues discussed in the module such as culture, social identity, socialisation, citizenship, and intercultural interaction;
• Identify evidence-based good practices which facilitate intercultural communication in a way that is appropriate to contemporary and projected social, political, and economic change.
• Have the ability to critically analyse the concept(s) underpinning successful intercultural understanding and communication in a specific context they are familiar with;
• Be aware of intercultural issues that often occur in educational settings or in the process of personal growth.

 
Research Methods in Education

Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:
• Assess, justify and critique different approaches to educational research, including methods and data analysis.
• Critically understand and justify the use of different research methods and practices relevant to students’ own areas of interest. (Students may then use this as a basis for their dissertation proposal.)

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of practitioner research issues, for example in carrying out action research projects, and the researcher's own position in the process.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of research methods literature and its practical applications.
• Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative or quantitative approaches and mixed methods in educational research.


Dissertation

Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:
• Draw appropriate conclusions from their findings, taking into account limitations of the research methods and data.
• Demonstrate expert knowledge in relation to the chosen research question.
• Link their findings to the research questions, to key policies, developments in their chosen research area and to the research literature.
• Demonstrate an ability to conduct and analyse the results of qualitative and/or quantitative data in appropriate detail.
• Demonstrate a critical and balanced judgement when reviewing research papers as part of the literature review.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of research methodology, and be able to justify the research method(s) chosen to address the research question(s).
• Consider ethical issues related to their research; understand the procedures needed to demonstrate compliance with School, College, University and workplace ethical requirements.
• Describe how the research was conducted, in appropriate detail.

In addition to the core modules, students will be expected to complete one more relevant fixed module dependent upon their career choice.

Students on Leaders and Managers Pathway will undertake the following module in addition to the four core modules above.
 
Educational Leadership

Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:
• Effectively contextualise their understanding so as to critically evaluate the leadership and management of change in an institution/organisation with which they are familiar.
• Have a critical awareness of how effective leadership facilitates the building of successful learning communities.
• Have a critical understanding of leadership and management in the context of educational organisations.

 

Students on Teachers and Lecturers Pathway will undertake the following module in addition to the four core modules above.

Placement

Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:

• Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current educational practice.
• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of best practice with regards to teaching and learning.
• Critically analyse and reflect upon their experiences in the light of current pedagogical research literature.

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 20 (tutorial)

 

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION

 

Duration of Course | 24 months
Award | MASTERS

COMMENCEMENT DATES  

2018 Class Intakes

Part-time Programmes
To be advised
CONTACT DETAILS  

Local students:

+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

 

 

 

Local Enquiries
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+65 6247 9111
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+65 6278 8000
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