Education (Wales)

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. The MA Education (Wales), which has been collaboratively developed by seven universities in Wales, through direct engagement with a variety of key stakeholders including 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. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr Andrew Davies for further information. For further information regarding policies and to obtain the supplementary application form, please visit our dedicated page.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements Candidates must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be currently employed in the compulsory education sector in the UK. 

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

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Course Overview

Why study Education (Wales) at Aberystwyth University?

  • The course is 3 years part-time. There is no full-time option.
  • The programme consists of 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. Activities will be a combination of lectures, seminars, group activities and individual activities.
  • Students on this course will join students on the same course at 6 other HEIs.

Course Details

Course Duration

The MA Education (Wales) is a part-time Masters over three years.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be currently employed in the compulsory education sector in the UK. 

Course Fees

Welsh Government funding for this course is available to support teachers in years 3-6 of their careers. All teachers, regardless of length of experience, are welcome to apply for the MA as self-funded candidates.

Additional Costs

Access to your own digital device/the appropriate IT kit will be essential during your time studying at Aberystwyth University.

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Travel to and from campus
  • Printing, photocopying, binding, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • Purchase of books or texts
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Research and Enquiry Skills * EDM3120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Curriculum Design and Realisation EDM2820 20
Emotional Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing EDM2320 20
Equity and Diversity EDM2720 20
Exploring Pedagogies EDM2420 20
Inclusive Classroom Practice EDM2520 20
Leadership and Management of ALN EDM2920 20
Leading Organisational Change EDM3020 20
Leading and Managing Education Professionals  EDM2620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Course Content

Modules typically include

  • Advance Research and Enquiry Skills
  • Additional Learning Needs
  • Excellence in Practice
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Evidence-Informed Practice