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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

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


The Transforming Practice route is offered as a blended learning route. This means that the route will be offered partly online via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle site and partly via Faculty based sessions. You will be required to attend Faculty based teaching conferences on Saturdays apart from an induction day on a Friday in the Michaelmas term and then four subsequent Saturday conferences per year. The conferences will be an opportunity to develop and enhance the ideas you explore via the online component. You will be part of a community of enquiry, with a member of the course teaching team who will be working with you and your group on the course materials and course online discussions. These online discussions will be in the evenings within University term time will reflect both course content and small enquiry tasks which you will be asked to undertake.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours per year, either in individual or group meetings. You will be allocated a personal supervisor and be entitled to the normal hours of supervision; but you might choose to have supervisions via email, Skype and telephone, as well as face-to-face.

Seminars & classes

You will be required to attend Faculty-based teaching conferences on Saturdays apart from an induction day on a Friday in the Michaelmas Term and then four subsequent Saturday conferences per year. 


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and detailed feedback is provided. Students submit a dissertation. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which students can view via the Postgraduate Feedback and Reporting System.


Thesis / Dissertation

The dissertation will be 12,000 words in length to be submitted in July.

The dissertation will be a report on the student’s dissertation project, and its evaluation and outcomes. It should end with a critical reflection on the ways in which findings resonate with key literature, policy documents and ideas for future research and practice. The artefact produced through the project will be appended but is not included in the word count.



There are three assignments which are pass/fail.

  • two-page plan and oral presentation on the dissertation;
  • an essay of not more than 2,000 words.

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.