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Postgraduate Study


The course is composed of two key elements:

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

Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 16 hours of teaching 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 individual supervisions.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours per year.

Seminars & classes

The course involves 48 hours of face-to-face teaching. 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 2–7 pm) in the Michaelmas and Lent terms.

Posters and Presentations

In the Easter term, 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 a dissertation at the end of the course. 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 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

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