The MA in Residential Education is a school-based online course for those working in or with an interest in boarding schools. It is offered in partnership with the Boarding Schools' Association. We have students based all over the world undertaking this programme, for example, we have several members of the Australian Boarding School Association work with us each year. They are keen to take advantage of the opportunity to pursue their own area of interest while being given clear guidance in relation to the requirements of a comprehensive and challenging level 7 academic qualification.
This course allows those with experience in boarding school settings, who are keen to get involved with and develop skills in research, to write about a topic of significance to them. The culmination of the MA is a 12,000 to 15,000-word dissertation. You will also complete a literature review, which informs your dissertation, and you will learn about different research methods. You will be expected to read widely around the subject of Residential Education.
Applicants may be from either state or independent boarding schools in the UK or abroad.
The course includes:
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Every Master's student is allocated a supervisor. You will meet via Teams, Zoom or another online meeting platform with your supervisor at times that are suitable for you both, to support every module. You will also have regular online study sessions throughout the course. There is an induction early on to introduce you to how the course will run, then there are twilight sessions, from 4pm UK time onwards, 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 you will be expected to work independently and to use the guidance provided to complete the required modules.