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University of Leeds MA in Education (Part-time) in Partnership with YLC


If you are a School Leader looking for more information, please view our 'Information for Schools' flyer here

Course overview

The University of Leeds has developed a version of its MA in Education (Part-time) degree specifically for the Yorkshire Leadership Community (YLC). This Masters degree is designed to develop your understanding of educational research methods and allow you to apply these in researching aspects of your own professional practice, for example, teaching and learning, and leadership.
The programme is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers and all career stages whether you are a relatively new teacher or a head teacher.

Course flyer for teachers

Current research projects involve some of the following areas:-

  • Parental engagement in school
  • Gender and learning in primary schools
  • Approaches to improve creative writing
  • Effectiveness of homework
  • Impact of socio-economic background on pupil outcomes
  • Impact of metacognition training


Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or above.
  • Be employed as a teacher at a school in the Yorkshire Leadership Community.*
  • Have at least two years' experience as a teacher.
  • Meet the requirements of accredited prior learning, details below.

You will need to discuss your participation on the programme with your manager as 3 days of teaching (two in Year 1 and one in Year 2) are scheduled for school days.


Accreditation of prior learning

Students can gain 60 credits (of the 180 credits needed for a Masters degree) through the process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).  There are three possible routes to receive accreditation of your prior learning:

Route Who for  Requirements
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) – credit transfer Applicants with PGCE in last 5 years Portfolio with a short commentary (c1,000 words) to identify evidence in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.
Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) Applicants who have successfully completed a NPQ or a YLC programme Portfolio with a short commentary (c1,000 words) to identify evidence in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Other applicants Portfolio with a Critical Reflection (3,000-4,000 words) - a discursive and critical reflection on the evidence included in the portfolio in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.


Fees and Funding (2021 entry)

The Partnership Agreement between the University and the Yorkshire Leadership Community means that is has been possible to establish a very competitive fee structure. ​Details of the course fee can be found at: 

The course fee can be further reduced by the YLC bursary as follows:

  • A YLC bursary of £1000 will be awarded to the first 10 successful applicants
  • A YLC bursary of £350 will be available for most applicants (details available upon application).
  • Your school may contribute to the course fee, especially if research is focused on a school improvement priority area.

Programme structure

The MA in Education in Partnership with the YLC is a part-time programme taught over two years as follows:

  Modules Credits
  Accreditation of Prior Learning 60 credits
Year 1
Semester 1

Getting Started: Research Questions & Approaches in Education

Assignment – 3,000 words
15 credits

Educational Research in Context

Assignment – 3,000 words
15 credits
Year 1
Semester 2

Directed Study in Education – small independent research project

Assignment - 6,000 words
30 credits
Year 2

Dissertation – large independent research project

Assignment - 12,000 words
60 credits


Teaching and support

In Year 1 there will be 4 University-based teaching days, 2 on Saturdays and 2 on school days. In Year 1, Semester 1, most of the teaching is on-line via the University’s VLE. The University days will introduce the on-line resources and provide guidance for working through the modules. Guidance will also be given on selecting a focus for the individual research projects. University days will run from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock.

In Year 1 Semester 2 and in Year 2 your individual research will be supervised by a tutor. Tutorials can be arranged face-to-face, online, or by telephone.

In Year 2 there will be two University days (one Saturday and one school day) where you will share your plans for their research and then, later in the year, share your findings.



We have designed the MA Education to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you and your school. All assignments have deadlines at the end of a school holidays. The Directed Study and Dissertation are submitted at the end of the summer holidays after Year 1 and Year 2 respectively.



On successful completion of the programme you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University in December where you will receive your Masters Degree.


The University of Leeds

Established in 1904, Leeds is one of the original six ‘redbrick’ universities and part of the prestigious Russell Group which comprises the leading research universities in the UK. The University has outstanding facilities available to support study and these are fully accessible to MA students.


For more information

Email: Graham Chambers at (University of Leeds) or (YLC)
More information is available on


To apply

Email: | Phone: 0113 343 4602

Important information

Information provided by the University, such as in presentations, University brochures and on the University website, is accurate at the time of first disclosure. However, courses, University services and content of publications remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or to keep courses contemporary through updating practices or areas of study. Circumstances may arise outside the reasonable control of the University leading to required changes. Such circumstances include industrial action, unexpected student numbers, significant staff illness (where a course is reliant upon a person’s expertise), unexpected lack of funding, severe weather, fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions and serious concern with regard to the transmission of serious illness making a course unsafe to deliver. After a student has taken up a place with the University, the University will look to give early notification of any changes and try to minimise their impact, offering suitable alternative arrangements or forms of compensation where it believes there is a fair case to do so. Offers of a place to study at the University will provide up-to-date information on courses. The latest key information on courses, entry requirements and fees can be found at Please check this website before making any decisions.


* This includes any school within our Steering Group partner teaching alliances or any school who has had a participant on a YLC course. 


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