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  • Local: $ 7.22k / Year (International)
  • Foreign: $ 7.22k / Year (International)
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    MA Science Education will give you an in-depth understanding of the policies, practices and research at the forefront of science education in both domestic and international contexts.

    Our programme will expand your critical awareness of what 'learning science' means. You will investigate a range of state-of-the-art views on learning science -- including cognitive, social and situated perspectives -- and consider how you can implement such ideas in a real classroom.

    You will analyse how childrens scientific thinking and understanding develops, allowing you to optimise the way you teach and plan science lessons and assess learning outcomes.

    You will consider what makes an effective science teacher, and assess ways to support and research teacher development.

    Our programme also offers you the opportunity to evaluate curriculum and assessment policies, review major international evaluations of science education, and discuss relevant research methodologies for monitoring and evaluating science teaching and learning.

    You will examine the basic rationale for science in formal education and the role of scientific literacy in citizenship, while reviewing the cultural debates that surround science learning and the role of science education.

    This programme is particularly suitable for international students, and attracts students from countries such as Bangladesh, Brunei, Cyprus, the Gambia, Greece, Oman, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

    MA Science Education is a one year full-time, or two year part-time, programme for professionals working at all levels in the field of science education, including teachers, teacher-educators, advisors, curriculum specialists and inspectors in everyday practice in schools.

    If you want to * discover what makes a good science teacher
    * explore new teaching ideas for the classroom
    * understand how children develop their scientific thinking
    * review new ways to assess pupils scientific understanding

    then our MA Science Education is the right programme for you.

    This programme offers you the opportunity to

    * develop international perspectives on science learning and teaching
    * consider the political and cultural processes behind science education policies and initiatives
    * evaluate evidence-based research in science education
    * apply current research in science education in your post-MA work.

    We enhance your professional development through providing ...

    * a professionally relevant and engaging curriculum
    * teaching by recognised experts in their field
    * supportive and collaborative learning opportunities
    * access to world class library and online resources
    * expert training in research methods.

    Improving the quality of science education at all educational levels is a key priority internationally.

    To achieve this requires expert practitioners that have an in-depth knowledge of their subject, a deep understanding of curriculum development and policy, and real insight into effective classroom pedagogy all informed by research.

    We have designed our internationally-recognised MA to develop such expertise.

    Our approach to the challenges of science education rejects a division between theory and practice: practice should inform theory and theory should be informed by practice.

    Year 1Compulsory modulesCritical Study allows you to design and undertake a small-scale research project related to your own interests in the field of science education.

    Directed Study in Education 1 enables you to pursue a topic of professional or personal interest in science education, and write a concise subject study.

    Science Education: Teaching and Learning considers how teachers can develop their teaching practice to support more effective learning, and examines a range of views about learning science, exploring how an educator could utilise these ideas in a classroom environment.

    Science Education: Curriculum and Professional Development considers the policy-related aspects of science education and scientific literacy, and examines the basic rationale for science in formal education, the role of scientific literacy in citizenship, the impact of culture upon scientific learning, and the way science is taught and assessed in schools.

    Optional modulesYou are required to study 30 credits from the following modules (all modules are worth 30 credits unless otherwise stated).

    * Global Learning in UK Primary Schools
    * Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education (15cr)
    * Philosophical underpinning of educational research (15cr)
    * Issues in ICT and Education
    * International Educational Management: Developing Leadership
    * International Educational Management: Effective Development of Policies and Plans for Change
    * Mathematics: Curriculum and Assessment
    * Special Educational Needs: Principles and Practice
    * Special Educational Needs: International Perspectives
    * Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
    * Teaching Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    * Experience in science teaching or another related science education activity is desirable, but not essential. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)

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