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Course details

Year of entry

2023, 2024


3 YRS (PT)

Institution Code



Online, Wrexham

Course Highlights


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.


Students in a lecture

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 Skills (core modules, 20 credits)

Plus 2 optional modules (all 20 credits):

Generic pathway

  • Inclusive Classroom Practice
  • Leadership and Management of ALN
  • Leading and Managing Education Professionals
  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Exploring Pedagogies
  • Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Additional Learning Needs, Excellence in Practice
  • Leading within and across Education Systems
  • Curriculum Leadership and Innovation
  • Poverty and Disadvantage

ANL pathway

  • Inclusive Classroom Practice
  • Leadership and Management of ALN
  • Additional Learning Needs, Excellence in Practice

Leadership pathway

  • Leading and Managing Education Professionals
  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Leading within and across Education Systems

Curriculum pathway

  • Exploring Pedagogies
  • Curriculum Leadership and Innovation
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation

Equity in education pathway

  • Poverty and Disadvantage
  • 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, applicants for this programme are required to complete the National MA Education (Wales) Supplementary Application Form OR the Recognition of Prior Learning Application Form, if claiming RPL with your application*. This completed form should be emailed to 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

*If you wish to claim RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for this programme, please see the National MA Education RPL guide.

More information can be found on the National MA Education Wales website.

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 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.

Career prospects

This course is for educational professionals who have already embarked on their career.  

Completion of the National MA Education (Wales) offers the following pathways: 

  • Additional Learning Needs  
  • Leadership  
  • Curriculum  
  • Equity in Education  

The degree supports professionals working at all levels within educational contexts to develop their research knowledge, skills, and understanding. This will be so graduates can evaluate, analyse, and reflect on their current educational practice, informed by relevant international research and key theoretical ideas. 

This course has been designed to support the retention of all education professionals, especially teachers in Wales. It will also build the capacity for change in terms of the broader aspirations of the sector, during a time of national change in Education. The National programme has also been developed to increase system-wide leadership capacity across educational settings and specialisms. 

This degree programme equips students with the knowledge, skills and flexibility needed for the contemporary mental health and wellbeing sector.

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.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our postgraduate fees.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.