MA Education

Why study an MA Education at SIST?

SIST aims to make a substantial contribution to the development of the Moroccan Higher Education sector. SIST has a close relationship with the Ministry of Higher Education in Morocco and it is intended that this is maintained and developed. SIST Graduation Ceremonies have all been attended by the General Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). SIST also has a close partnership with the British Council in both Casablanca and Rabat. The institution has organised two seminars for the MOHE on quality assurance, based on the British experience. SIST is an Associate College of Cardiff Metropolitan University and comes under the same quality assurance procedures as all Universities in the UK
The overall aim of this MA Education programme is to produce educators capable of operating at the highest levels within the educational arena, with the ability to integrate theory with practice and apply intellectual and academic rigour, informed by current educational research, to their professional context.
The award has been developed after extensive consultation with employers, teachers, education professionals and students. The programme team aims to play a key role in supporting the continuing professional development of teachers and education professionals.
Key benefits of studying this programme include:

  • We take into consideration Master’s level credits accrued by students, thus allowing them to fast track through the programme.
  • The period of candidature (up to 5 years part-time) allows students greater flexibility with their study schedule.
  • In addition to a dedicated supervisor, dissertation students also have 4 advanced research sessions during their dissertation year.
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MA Education Programme Description

The MA Education is an internationally recognised and respected qualification for teachers and those working in the field of education. Applicants are from both the public and private sectors. The programme is aimed at those who are looking to develop their careers. The course aims to encourage independent and creative thinking.
All students complete four taught modules, together with a final dissertation/project.
Taught Modules

  • Researching Practice: This module provides an introduction to the area of educational research, involving the examination of a number of research models available to the educational researcher. The module aims to promote students’ critical reflection on professional practice and theory while developing their understanding of the importance of research in a range of educational contexts. By developing their understanding of professional practice, students will benefit from increased confidence in their professional expertise and a clearer understanding of the benefits of research.
  • Independent Study: This module aims to enable students to develop significant autonomy in designing a coherent research study and allows them to engage in an applied research project in a chosen area for investigation. It develops students’ ability to plan research, giving due attention to ethical considerations, while extending and enhancing academic writing skills. One of the pieces of coursework for this module is a scholarly article, potentially for publication. The module develops the skills needed for extended writing, essential for success in the dissertation.
  • School Improvement: In this module, students will develop a broad knowledge of the main features of international research on school improvement. They will gain a critical understanding and knowledge of the research into school improvement in Morocco and globally. In addition, students will gain the skills and attributes required to successfully undertake a guided review of an identified aspect of school improvement within their own work situation or associated settings, employing the techniques of action research. They will also undertake a reflective review of their own learning and how it contributes to enhancing their understanding of their own organisations.
  • Learning and Teaching Pedagogy: In this module, students will gain: a broad knowledge of some of the main features of the corpus of research on learning and teaching pedagogy; a critical understanding of a range of current approaches to learning and teaching pedagogy; the skills and attributes required to successfully undertake a guided review of an identified aspect of learning and teaching pedagogy within their own work situation, employing the techniques of action research.

Dissertation Module
MA Dissertation (as a double module, this carries 60 credits):In this module, students will conduct a detailed study of an educational topic in the form of a dissertation. This module is the culmination of students’ learning in this programme and is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and understanding that they have accrued throughout their studies. Each student will be allocated a supervisor with whom they will meet regularly to explore and develop their ideas. These tutorials will be supported by whole-cohort sessions, where students will be guided through the advanced research process.

Learning and Teaching
The programme will be delivered through a variety of models of delivery with a focus on active learning and group interaction and participation. Typical models of delivery include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminar groups
  • Small group discussion
  • Individual and small group activities
  • Directed reading
  • Peer mentoring and networking
  • Web-based research
  • Reflective wiki areas
  • Online asynchronous discussions

Students will be given opportunities to share their thoughts and work in progress with others and receive constructive feedback from tutors and fellow students. Students will also be encouraged to form learning sets of those interested in similar areas of research in an initial step towards the formation of communities of practice.
As students of SIST and Cardiff Metropolitan University, you will each have a named personal tutor who should usually be an academic member of staff from your programme of study.
You will have scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the academic year to address matters including academic progress, career/professional issues, and any personal issues which may be affecting your progress.

Assessment is by coursework assignments equivalent to 6,000 words per thirty credit module throughout the taught element of the programme. The assessments take a variety of forms including written reports of research, posters, discussion postings, reflective wikis, seminar presentations and journal style articles.
Students will be given opportunities in each module to ask questions about their assessments in order to clarify what is required of them.

Employability and Careers
Graduates from the programme have gone on to promotion in the education sector, including school management and leadership, curriculum leadership, positions within advisory services, lecturing and research posts in higher education, and work with government education departments across the world.

Entry requirements and how to apply
Applicants must have a relevant initial degree at 2:2 classification or above. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.
It is also possible to enrol on the course if you are a non-graduate and have a minimum of two years’ relevant experience.

Credits Transfer from other Universities
If you have previously completed a course accredited at Level 7 (Master’s Level), or components of such a course, at another higher education institution within or outside the UK, you may be able to transfer credit towards the degree of MA in Education at SIST. This should be discussed with the Programme Director. Please upload a copy of your transcript with your application, and you will also be required to bring the original transcript to your induction.

Selection Procedure:
Candidates submit an application form and a personal statement of 500 words containing brief details of their professional experience in education and particular research interests. Decisions on applications are made by the Programme Director.