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MA in Residential Education


Sept 2021

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1 year

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The MA in Residential Education is a one-year, part-time course for those working in or with an interest in boarding schools. It is offered in partnership with the Boarding Schools’ Association. This the most popular Masters courses of its type in the UK. We take students from all round the world. They appreciate the opportunity to follow their own interests while being given clear guidance about the requirements of a serious level 7 academic qualification.

This course allows those with experience in boarding, who are keen to research, to write about a topic of interest to them. The heart of the MA is a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. You will do a literature review, which informs your dissertation, and you will learn about different research methods. You will be expected to read widely.

You may do this MA online or attend one or more residential days at the university. Applicants may be from state or independent boarding schools in the UK or abroad.

Why should I do this MA?

1.    Professionals do not stop learning at any stage in their working lives.  Doctors and lawyers, for example, have to have regular refresher courses.  In the same way teachers can benefit from the MA framework as it gives them an opportunity to discover recent research in education and to challenge their own best practice
2.    This is a unique form of professional development for those that work in boarding schools
3.    Not only will you learn about recent research relating to boarding, but you will also learn how to do your own research
4.    This is a more economical way to complete an MA compared to courses offered by other universities
5.    Gaining a Master’s in Education can be an excellent form of professional development and can help you in developing your own career as a qualification that is taken seriously by employers
6.    You can complete this course through distance learning and still receive individual support from an experienced tutor
7.    Once agreed, it is a chance to pursue your own area of interest within boarding and to discover the latest work in this area
8.    You will find the course intellectually stimulating and challenging

Course content

•Establishing your research focus
•Discovering relevant literature and how to write a literature review
•What is expected of Level 7 academic writing?
•How to navigate the topic of research methodology
•Planning your dissertation
•Ethical considerations when researching

Entry requirements

For entry onto the MA some candidates will have a PGCE – this may be a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at Level 7 from Buckingham or another university.  For candidates with a level 6 PGCE or BSA Diploma (which is a helpful route into Master’s study) an additional module of study will be provided.  For candidates without a PGCE or a degree, alternative entry requirements exist and can be discussed further with the School of Education team.

All international applicants, who do not hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, must have IELTS or TOEFL certificate with scores accepted by the University as per the link below:

English Language Requirements


Tuition Fee: £3,150 / year(Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as food when at Buckingham)
Registration Fee: £275 (non-refundable)

Fees are invoiced for in September, at the beginning of the course, and can be paid in termly instalments or in one lump sum. Termly instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice.

Staff whose school is a member of the Boarding Schools’ Association are eligible for a 25% discount on course fees. To ensure the discount is applied please select BSA from the partnership box on your application form.

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button or contact us by email

To apply you will need to supply:

•      a copy of your PGCE certificate and transcript or BSA Diploma to show credit level if applicable

•      If no PGCE or Diploma available then you will be required to put together a professional portfolio – discuss this with the School of Education team

•      copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)

•      head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card

Closing date for applications is 31 July 2021.

Terms and conditions for prospective students

When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions

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寄宿制教育硕士是一个为期一年的兼读制课程,专为在寄宿学校工作或对其有兴趣的人士开设。本课程与英国寄宿学校协会(Boarding Schools Association)合作开展,是英国同类课程中最受欢迎的硕士课程。我们欢迎来自世界各地的学生报名。希望你们在追求自己的兴趣的同时能得到严谨、明确的Level 7等级的学术指导。




  1. 专业人士在他们职业生涯的任何阶段都不会停止学习。例如,医生和律师必须定期进修课程。同样,教师也需要像教育硕士这样的认知和学术框架,在这个框架内,他们可以了解教育领域的最新研究,并思考是否可以在他们所从事的领域做得更好。
  2. 对于在寄宿学校工作的人来说,这是一门独特的职业发展课程。
  3. 你不仅将了解有关寄宿制学校的最新研究,还将学习如何进行自己的研究。
  4. 与其他大学提供的课程相比,这是一种更经济的方式来完成硕士学位
  5. 获得教育硕士学位是一种很好的职业发展形式,获得雇主的重视
  6. 您可以通过线上学习完成本课程,同时还可以获得经验丰富的导师的一对一帮助
  7. 这将是一个让你在追求自己兴趣领域的同时探索该领域的最新研究
  8. 你会发现这门课在有趣且有挑战性


  • 建立自己的研究重点
  • 阅读文献,撰写文献研究
  • 达到Level 7的学术写作要求
  • 如何寻找到所选课题的研究方法
  • 计划毕业论文
  • 论证中的道德标准


申请该硕士学位,如果申请人拥有PGCE/International PGCE证书—如由白金汉大学或其他大学颁发的Level 7,并包含60学分的PGCE/International PGCE证书。

拥有PGCE Level 6 或BSA文凭的申请人需要多修一个模块的课程。










  • PGCE/IPGCE资格证书和成绩单(或BSA文凭)
  • 没有PGCE/IPGCE证书或文凭的申请人需要提供职业文案,并与教育学院确认
  • 护照照片页(签证/工作权限页)
  • 制作大学学生卡所需的头像照




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