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Your Education Masters Companion

The essential guide to success, 1st Edition

By Jim McGrath, Anthony Coles


154 pages

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Your Education Masters Companion will help you choose the right Masters Course for your needs and provides the essential information you need to pass first time. Offering guidance based on years of experience working with a range of Masters level students, it unpacks the defining characteristic of successful Masters level work, and explores key aspects of undertaking your course - reading, writing, producing a literature review, research methodologies, data collection tools, research reports, dissertations and presentations.

What this book will do for you:

  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Identify the major traps you must avoid if you are to pass your masters.
  • Introduce you to the concepts of Masters Level work, what’s expected of you and what you can expect from your tutors and supervisors.
  • Provide you with guidance on the essential thinking and writing skills that you will need to develop
  • Provide guidance on what opportunities are available to you on completion of your masters. 

Your Education Masters Companion is an essential read for any individual thinking about or currently studying for a Masters Level qualification in education.


'This is an essential guide for any student doing a Masters in education. Written in an accessible and down-to-earth style, it provides the reader with the practical and academic advice they need to be successful.'

Phil Taylor, CPD and MA/MTL/MEL Programme Director, Birmingham City University, UK

Table of Contents

1. Pass your Masters First Time: Ten mistakes to avoid 2. What you need to think about before you sign up for a Masters 3. Becoming a Masters student 4. Writing at Masters Level 5. Doing your literature review 6. Essential research skills 1: Research methodologies 7. Essential research skills 2: Data collection tools 8. Assessment methods 1: Research reports, dissertations and assignments in the style of a journal article 9. Assessment methods 2: Presentations and essays 10. Where next for you?

About the Authors

Jim McGrath was Course Director for the MA in Education and the MA in Education and Professional Development at Birmingham City University, UK.

Anthony Coles works at Birmingham City University, UK, where he is a Reader in Post-Compulsory Education and Director of Continuous Professional Development for the Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula