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The MEd Primary route modules are taught by means of a combination of lectures, seminars, reading groups, workshops and student presentations. The self-directed study includes pre-session readings, preparation for presentations, and practical research activities.

All MEd students also attend educational research methods sessions as part of the Research Methods strand. PGCE students join the course for one year to complete their Masters.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours.

Seminars & classes

The course involves 48 hours of face-to-face teaching over the year covering Primary Education and Research Methods. 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, plus two whole-day conferences on Fridays ( in the Michaelmas and Lent terms). There is a small amount of teaching in the Easter term when students are writing up their dissertations.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and detailed feedback is provided.  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 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 2021

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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