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Postgraduate Study

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

This popular course offers a flexible blended learning approach for full or part time education practitioners at different stages in their career who are interested in developing and transforming their practice. Education practitioner is construed as a broad term to encompass not just teachers in school settings, but teachers in other educational contexts and professionals whose work is located in education settings such as counsellors, those who work with school assessment etc.

The course aims to foster:

  • Knowledgeable practitioners who have an advanced understanding of practices, processes, and outcomes of teaching and learning;
  • Open-minded practitioners who will challenge practice through critically analysing multiples 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.

This 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.

These elements, knowledge, open mind, innovation and influence feature in all aspects of the course design, content, pedagogy and assessment. Through the key modules on reflexive practice, innovation in education, and influencing education practice and policy you will engage with debates surrounding education and practice and undertake relevant practical activities. The approach is collaborative, interactive and contextualised. You will also be exploring in depth an area of professional interest to you within a community of enquiry and will undertake a small-scale practical enquiry that aims to transform practice.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of relevant and ethical professional practice, policies, theories and process of change
  • Critically analyse multiple sources of evidence
  • Reflect on the challenges and affordances of professional practice and opportunities for change
  • Develop a coherent argument supported by policies, theories and practices
  • Demonstrate the communication and leadership skills required for effecting change
  • Engage others through communication and leadership

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 to a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines

Note: Pairs of modules run on a rolling programme. In 2024-2025 the course modules will be the top two on the list.  (i.e. Critical perspectives on primary education policy and practice; and Creative approaches to the curriculum)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • 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.


Continuation to the PhD from Masters programmes within the Faculty of Education is not automatic, and students wishing to do so must submit a PhD application by the usual deadline.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.

Key Information

12 months part-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Education

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

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.