Degree and experience
Good honours degree (at least a 2:2) or equivalent. Evidence of an employment-based research project may be acceptable in place of an honours degree – each case will be considered on its merit.
You need to be working in, or have regular access to, a relevant professional situation appropriate to an MA in Education research area.
The personal statement
In this section, you should include details of your educational interests alongside your professional context experience which is an entry requirement for the programme. You should also demonstrate, through examples, potential areas of interest and study. It is vital that this is written in an appropriate professional tone. Applications will only be considered if the personal statement is complete.
Making your application
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure that pre-course preparations can be made. If you are an international student we recommend a deadline of 1 July to ensure an appropriate timeframe for arrangements such as your visa. Please check with our International office if you have any queries. For the part-time course please aim to complete your application by 20 August.
If your application is successful you will be invited to interview which will provide an opportunity to further explore your rationale for study and to discuss elements of your personal statement. Interviews can be in person or via Skype and will be held up until the end of July for the full-time course.
Recognition of prior learning
Masters (level-7) credits which have been achieved through previous study may be used for entry to the course. Many PGCE and some BA programmes carry up to 60 level-7 credits, and these may contribute towards the 180 credits required for the masters award.
Postgraduate certificates studied at the University of Brighton (such as Autism, Dyslexia, Evidence-informed Practice and Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme) all carry 60 level-7 credits which can be used for entry to the course.
Students with level-7 credits usually join the MA programme from the third core module.
Claims for recognition of prior learning will be considered in line with university guidance and each applicant will be considered on their individual merits.
Prospective candidates will be asked to contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss these options.
For non-native speakers of English
Overseas applicants must have an honours degree or equivalent and proven competence in written and spoken English at an appropriate level of fluency. This equates to IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.