programme to meet the needs of teachers in Wales.
by the Welsh government, with funding opportunities for teachers working in Wales.
professional learning for teachers in Wales, in line with national priorities.
Why choose this course?
The National MA Education (Wales) is a truly transformative and sector-leading programme for educational professionals in Wales, from early career teachers to senior leaders.
- The educational landscape in Wales is changing rapidly. Teaching not only requires the mastery of a complex set of skills to guide, motivate, and facilitate student learning, but also the ability to enquire into professional practice in order to improve it.
- This course, which has been collaboratively developed by seven universities in Wales, through direct engagement with a variety of key stakeholders including the Welsh government, will ensure that all education professionals in Wales have the same high-quality opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, engage with research, and to improve their professional practice.
Transforming teachingin Wales
Key course features
- This national programme is delivered across Wales by seven Welsh universities working together to provide the National Master’s at local centres across Wales.
- The programme reflects the key education priorities in Wales and looks outwards to draw upon the expertise of internationally recognised guest lecturers.
- The programme is delivered using a blended approach of online learning and three face-to-face National Saturdays each semester, where teachers can get together to exchange their experiences of best practice.
- Teachers with an undergraduate QTS qualification can gain their degree in three years of part-time study.
- Teachers who have gained 60 M level credits during their PGCE QTS programme can enter the degree programme in the second year of study and complete it in two years.
- The programme is available for delivery and assessment bilingually, in collaboration with university partners with the relevant subject expertise in Welsh and English.
What you will study
- Pedagogy and Practice (20 credits)
- Collaboration and Professional Practice (20 credits)
- Evidence-Informed Practice (20 credits)
- Advanced Research Enquiry Skills (core modules, 20 credits)
Plus 2 optional modules (all 20 credits):
- Leadership and Management of ALN
- Inclusive Classroom Practice
- Leading and Managing Education Professionals
- Leading Organisational Change
- Curriculum Design and Realisation
- Exploring Pedagogies
- Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
- Equity and Diversity
- Dissertation (60 credits)
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or optional modules. Modules are designated as core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Applicants must have Qualified Teacher Status (primary or secondary) to be eligible for this programme.
In addition to the direct application form, all applicants for this programme are required to complete the National MA Education (Wales) Supplementary Application Form. This completed form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on completion.
Due to the complexity of the application and funding application process for the National MA Education (Wales), we will endeavour to communicate whether your application has been successful as soon as possible, but at this point we are not able to provide a detailed timeframe for response. If you have any questions about the status of your application at any time, do please contact us at email@example.com.
If you wish to claim RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for this programme, please see the National MA Education RPL guide.
Teaching & Assessment
Assessments are all coursework-based and will be submitted at the end of each module. Wherever possible, assignments have been designed to complement the working contexts and schedules of full-time teachers.
Teaching and Learning
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the university Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
The course includes approx 200 hours of study per 20 credit module, of which 22 will be contact hours. Learning will be a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, through a series of lectures, seminars, group activities and individual projects.
Students on this course will join students on the same course at 6 other HEIs. There will be peer-to-peer support hosted on the WG Hwb, alongside all the regular USW support services and mechanisms.
Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
This course is for educational professionals who have already embarked on their career and are seeking further development.
Fees & funding
Funding for this programme is limited to 50 places per HEI and will be allocated by the Funding Award Panel. Funding allocations will be made on a priority basis, so please ensure that you apply as soon as possible to have the greatest change of being successful.
Candidates are eligible for funding if they:
- Have been resident in Wales for 3 years prior to start of programme.
- Are educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Holder of qualified teacher status (QTS).
- Are registered with the Education Workforce Council (EWC) in the category of School Teacher.
- NQT induction MUST have been completed prior to start of course. (EWC registration must be maintained for the duration of the programme).
- Are employed by a maintained school in Wales as a teacher.
- Are employed on a minimum of 0.4 FTE contract. This can include supply teachers who are on long term contracts either with a Local Authority, school or an agency.
- Are in year 3 to year 6 of practice (following completion of induction) at the start of the MA course.
- Where possible, have the support of their Headteacher (or other relevant senior colleague/manager)
- Have been offered a place on the National MA Education (Wales) by one of the 7 partnership HEIs which are: -
- Aberystwyth University University of Wales
- Trinity St David
- Bangor University
- University of South Wales
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Swansea University
- Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Full details of the funding criteria for this programme are available here: National MA Education (Wales) Funding Eligibility and Criteria
You can see the full programme specification here.