Welcome to the Masters in Education (International Masters Programme)

We are discontinuing the existing IMP from May 2015, offering modules on the existing programme only for students enrolled prior to this date and within their five years registration. In 2015/16 we will run standalone 30 credit masters level modules for new students that may then be transferred onto a masters level programme through the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning process. We are developing a new programme to which to bring this credit, replacing the current IMP. This is intended to launch in September 2016 building on our current strengths and providing some exciting new learning opportunities.

The programme

The programme is modular, flexible and wide-ranging. The advantages of studying on the IMP programme are:

  • Flexibility and choice in your pattern of study and the pace at which you undertake it
  • The opportunity to share ideas and collaborate with other like-minded individuals
  • The chance to build up credits towards a variety of nationally recognised awards.


Award Credits
Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) 30 credits
Postgraduate certificate (PgCert) 60 credits
Postgraduate diploma (PgDip) 120 credits
Masters degree (MA) 180 credits

Modes of study

The IMP offers the following modes of study:

  • Taught modules
    We offer an extensive range which can be based at Plymouth University, local professional development centres or a local school.
  • Independent study 
    Independent study allows individuals to develop projects focused upon particular areas of interest (theory and/or practice based). A student works with a tutor/supervisor in developing his or her proposal and in undertaking a project.
  • School-based professional development and enquiry
    We increasingly work with a school or cluster of schools on their own professional development or school enquiry programmes. Schools seek support, taught input for specific projects or innovations they are undertaking or researching.

Named awards

The following named awards are offered through the IMP

  • MA Early Childhood Studies
    The MA Early Childhood Studies is a named award offered through the IMP Programme
  • MA: Education (Teaching Pre-University Mathematics and Statistics)
    Pathways leading to named awards in Teaching Pre-University Mathematics (and Statistics) - please enquire for details.
  • PgCert The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination
  • The National Award for SEN Coordination is a TDA nationally approved qualification for teachers in the role of special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). 

New students

You can apply for our standalone masters level modules offered in 2015/16 using the following Education CPD module registration form. These are modules that we are building our new programme around, so when the new programme properly launches in September 2016 the credit from these modules will be able to be brought into the new programme. While it will not be possible for students new to postgraduate study to begin a dissertation in 2015/16, we expect that there will be a strong new dissertation programme from September 2016. If you are interested in entering into our new programme at dissertation stage, we recommend that in 2015/16 you undertake MERS502 Researching Education Practice in Context to prepare you for Masters level research.

Current students

If you wish to apply to have previously achieved learning accredited towards this programme please download and submit the Prior Certificated Learning form with your registration form.

IMP student handbook 


If you have already submitted an application form and are currently enrolled on the IMP programme, you may now register to attend up to two modules per academic term. To do this, please complete and submit the following:

IMP module registration form 

Dissertation submission sheet

Dissertation guidance notes 

Module assignment submission sheet


The 2014/2015 fees for taught modules and independent study modules (ISM) are as follows:

  • £305 per 10 credits
    £915 per 30 credit module
    £305 for 10 credit RESINED module
    £1525 for the 50 credit Dissertation module

The 2015/2016 fees for taught modules and independent study modules (ISM) are as follows:

  • £942 per 30 credit module
    £1884 for the 60 credit Dissertation module

If you are a new or relatively new student to the IMP we strongly recommended you sign up for our two ‘key’ modules from the four you need for the PgDip.

The first 30 credit module is Contemporary Educational Thinking (MEPD517); the second, Researching Education Practice in Context (MERS502). You are then open to choose other modules to make up the 120 required (for PgDip). These cover professional writing, behaviour, mentoring and much more. The MA can then be completed by undertaking a dissertation in an area of your own choosing.

These two modules have been created by the IMP team to work together to create a ‘key’ to unlock the rest of the programme: the first ensures that you have a complete and up-to-date introduction to educational ideas and their relevance to practice in your context; the second ensures that you are well prepared, in methodological terms, to undertake your dissertation, which involves a research project.

These modules generally run over three Saturdays with directed study between sessions and/or may also run online. This is in response to the fact that many of you tell us twilight sessions after work can be difficult to attend. For some of you following particular pathways, or with special professional circumstances, these modules might be substituted for other options and/or undertaken in a different order. However, we recommend them as starting points to provide clarity and structure and ensure that studying on the IMP is as successful and enjoyable an experience as possible.

You are most welcome to discuss the above with the Programme Lead for the Masters in Education (IMP) using the contact details on this page.


Graduate insight - Rob Bennett, MA Education

Rob talks about what it's like balancing full-time teaching with study, and how his masters’ research enhanced his professional practice.

Find out more about Rob's experience