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MA in Residential Education



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15 months 

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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.

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

“The course is really well structured and so interesting. Thoroughly recommend this. A brilliant course which will challenge, stretch and inspire.”

Every Master’s student is allocated a supervisor. You will regularly communicate for example via Teams, Email or another online meeting platform with your supervisor at times that are suitable for you both, to support each module. You will also have access to regular online study sessions throughout the course. There is an induction session early on to introduce you to how the course will run, then there are twilight sessions UK time, during the year to support you with each module and with additional sessions to aid with the completion of the dissertation. The majority of these are optional in terms of attendance as we know that many people struggle to be available at certain times. However, all these sessions are recorded and can be watched after the live event. This means that as you progress through the course you end up having access to library of videos to support you to a successful outcome. It is important to understand that you as a Master’s student, will be expected to work independently and to use the guidance provided to complete the required modules.

Entry requirements

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

In addition, the candidate must have either:

Route 1* – PGCE with 60 Master’s credits at level 7 from The University of Buckingham or another university (if completed within ten years of the proposed start date of the course) OR

Route 2* – PGCE at level 6 or BSA Diploma (which is a helpful route into Master’s study) an additional module (a bridging unit) of study will be provided.

Candidates with a degree but no Level 7 PGCE will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence of their work of up to 7000 words (further advice will be given).

*For candidates on route 1, the course duration is 1 year. For candidates on route 2, the course duration is 15 months.

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:

English Language Requirements



Total cost

Sep 2024

Part-time (15 Months)



Registration Fee: £300 (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 apply. 

Before we can accept you onto this programme, you will need to supply:

  • a copy of your PGCE certificate and transcript or BSA Diploma to show credit level if applicable
  • a copy of your passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
  • a head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card.

Closing date for applications: 24 July 2024


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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。

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





路径1:自项目开学日前的十年内获得的白金汉大学或其他大学的PGCE证书并达到了level 7等级,获得60个硕士水平学分。

路径2:自项目开学日前的十年内获得的白金汉大学或其他大学的PGCE证书并达到了level 6 等级,获得30个硕士水平学分;或者拥有英国寄宿学校协会(British Boarding School Association)文凭。


拥有学士学位但没有PGCE证书的申请人,需要如果申请人没有以上任何文件,且目前已在寄宿制学校工作,申请本项目需要提供 7000英文词以内的证明文案。


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