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Course closed:

Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is composed of two key elements:

  • the "Educational Leadership and School Improvement" thematic route
  • research methods training course

Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours per year (9 in total).



Seminars & classes

The course involves 96 hours of face to face teaching over the two years.  This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty, once a week (on Wednesday 2-7pm) in the Michaelmas and Lent terms.


Towards the end of the course, students are required to give short unassessed presentations about their research.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and detailed feedback is provided. Students submit two essays and a dissertation. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions.  At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.


Thesis / Dissertation

The dissertation is up to 15,000 words in length and submitted in August.

The examination shall include an oral examination on the dissertation and the essays, and on the general field of knowledge within which they fall, save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.


Students are required to submit two essays in their first year, one 4000 words in length and the other 4000-6000 words.

Key Information

2 years part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 1, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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