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Postgraduate Study


The PGCE-MEd course is composed of two key elements:

  • the research methods training course
  • the "Critical Approaches to Children's Literature" thematic route

Teaching time is split between the two elements, 16 hours being given to research methods and 32 hours being given to the subject-specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and supervisions.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours.

Seminars & classes

The course involves 48 hours of face-to-face teaching over the year. 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 afternoons) in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. There is only a small amount of teaching in the Easter Term when students are writing up their dissertations.

Posters and Presentations

In Lent and Easter Term,  students are required to give short unassessed presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, students will submit written work and receive detailed feedback. 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 Postgraduate Feedback and 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 on the general field of knowledge within which it falls, save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.

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Key Information

1 year part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

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