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Postgraduate Study

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Education (Arts, Creativity & Education) is no longer accepting new applications.

The Arts, Creativity and Education (ACE) thematic route offers students the opportunity to explore urgent themes in arts and education research taking place globally today.  By ‘urgent’, we mean contemporary debates, practices, policy agendas and epistemic dialogues currently shaping the way art and education are practiced across a variety of contexts, that we might want to further explore or that we are committed to changing.  It includes contributions from specialists in a range of disciplines, including performing arts, drama, theatre, visual art, design and technology. This course recognises that artistic practices can serve as an essential research tool in our respective fields and therefore makes available studio and performance facilities as well as alternative forms of assessment.

The main education aims are:

  • examine contemporary theoretical frameworks used in the study of education and its constituent disciplines (including decoloniality; posthumanism and materialism; critical pedagogies past and present)

  • provide training in research methods appropriate to arts and education, including artistic research practices;

  • advance students’ capacity for professional reflection and judgement by thinking through real world dilemmas and complexities;

  • cater for a range of specialists interested in the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines

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.


Students wishing to continue from the MPhil to PhD or EdD are required to achieve at least a merit for the dissertation.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. 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.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Feb. 24, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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