MA Degree in Education
This degree consists of Part I - typically the four courses comprising the BA (Hons) - followed by Part II, a thesis (EDUC 690). For information on the courses available for Part I please refer to the BA (Hons).
Students who have qualified for a BA (Hons) or equivalent with good grades may be admitted to the MA by thesis (Part II only) in that subject. The thesis is completed full-time in one or two years or with the approval of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, part-time in up to four years.
Enrolling in the degree
Students wishing to enrol in the MA degree in Education should first read the MA degree regulations and the regulations for theses in the University Calendar. Students with enquiries about the MA programme should contact Associate Professor Missy Morton.
Criteria for acceptance
The requirements for enrolling in the M.A. degree are the same as those for the B.A.(Hons). Students are normally expected to have completed 56 points at the 300 level in Education and have an average grade of B or better in these courses.
Students who have graduated with a BA(Hons) degree may proceed to take an MA degree by completing a thesis (EDUC 690). In this case, the MA may be awarded with Distinction or Merit, but not with Honours.
Approval for admission is granted through the Head of School.
The structure of the M.A.
Part I and II consists of 2.0 EFTS. Part I consists of four courses totalling 1.0 EFTS from courses EDUC 402 - 461. Part II consists of the thesis EDUC 690. Students who have graduated BA (Hons) in Education may be admitted directly to Part II of the MA.
Students may also take up to two courses from the MEd or other schedules, with approval of the Head of School of Educational Studies and Human Development.
Length of programme
The required four courses are normally taken in one full-time year, with an additional year for thesis research. Arrangements may be made for part-time study. Before embarking on a thesis, students should contact the programme coordinator and approach potential supervisors to discuss their interest in supervising a thesis in this field. Separate approval for thesis research must be obtained.
Classes of Honours
MA degrees are awarded with two classes of honours: First Class Honours and Second Class Honours. Second Class Honours shall be awarded in two divisions: Division 1 and Division 2.
For information on regulations about the awarding of an MA with Distinction or Merit please see the University Calendar 2010 page 307 (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences).