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MA in Residential Education



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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.

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

All applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree and to be currently employed at a residential school.

Some students will have already completed the UK PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at level 7. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence of your work of up to 7000 words.

You will also need to have IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component) or equivalent English level qualification with the scores accepted by the University as per the link below:

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Tuition Fee: £3,150 
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 inform us the BSA partnership during your application.

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply' button to process. Closing date for applications is 31 July 2022.

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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。

本课程是英国最受欢迎的同类硕士课程之一,也是本校规模最大的硕士课程。白金汉大学接受来自世界各地的申请,并希望学员在追求自己兴趣的同时能得到明确、严谨的Level 7学历等级(硕士)的指导。




  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. 您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. 这将是一个让您在追求自己兴趣领域的同时探索该领域的最新研究。
  8. 您会发现这门课极具启发并且有挑战性。


  • 确定自己的研究领域
  • 找寻相关文献,并了解如何撰写文献研究
  • 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
  • 调研中的道德标准



部分申请人已经完成英国PGCE Level 7等级课程,他们将可以免修本课程中的60学分。如果您没有完成这一课程,您需要根据您的工作,提供7000字以内的证明文案。


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