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Education (Transforming Practice) PACES entry only is no longer accepting new applications.

This pathway offers a flexible blended learning method for full or part-time practitioners in educational contexts. The course seeks to locate practitioner enquiry in the wider educational research context. Students will explore policy and its relation to practice, engage with examples of practitioner research in educational settings in the UK and beyond, and take part in their own enquiry work to transform an element of their practice. Students will be supported through working in a community of enquiry.

This pathway aims to enable the Faculty to:

  • Develop excellence in teaching and learning in schools in the UK and beyond through the co-construction and dissemination of knowledge with practitioners;
  • Enable practitioners to make a difference through practice development, impact and dissemination, hence building workforce leadership capacity;
  • Create a natural progression route to the EdD;
  • Integrate practitioners at different stages in their careers in a shared learning space;
  • Lead through innovation in higher education pedagogy, including on-line learning;
  • Build on the Faculty’s world-class research in the context of UK schools and their communities, thus contributing to the mission and values of the University.

The educational aims are:

  • to examine the theoretical frameworks used in the study of education and its constituent disciplines;
  • provide training in research methods appropriate to education;
  • advance students’ capacity for professional reflection and judgment;
  • cater for a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

The pathway aims to foster:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledgeable practitioners who have an advanced understanding of practices, processes, and outcomes of teaching and learning;

Skills and other attributes

  • Open-minded practitioners who will challenge practice through critically analysing multiple sources of evidence and developing appropriate arguments for change;
  • Innovative practitioners who will transform their practice on the basis of their learning
  • Influencing practitioners who will develop the practical, organisational and communicative /presentational skills and agency to persuade others.

These elements, knowledge, open-mind, innovation and influence will feature in all aspects of the pathway design, content, pedagogy and assessment.

The above aims will be achieved through:

  • Appropriate course content, pedagogical approach and assessment procedures;
  • Access to outstanding research facilities;
  • The opportunity to work closely with specialists in their field;
  • A supportive, stimulating environment with excellent supervision;
  • A strong community of like-minded students who will provide mutual support.

By the end of the programme, students will have the following learning outcomes:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Students wishing to continue from the MEd to the PhD or EdD are required to achieve at least a merit for the dissertation and endorsement from the assessors that their dissertation is suitable for progression onto the doctoral programme.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

12 months 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.