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Postgraduate Admissions

The part-time Primary Education route is intended for education professionals, policy makers and researchers at any stage of their career. Many students have relevant international experience and interests. We aim to fuse research and theoretical understanding about primary or elementary education with current priorities in policy and practice.

On the Primary Education Masters course you will have the opportunity to:

  • enhance your educational understanding and practice through critical reflection, study and research;
  • critically engage with the best quality national and international educational research that has relevance to primary education;
  • carry out an individual and collaborative critical enquiry into significant educational issues and practice; and
  • develop your thinking in order to contribute to informed policy and practice analysis and improvement in the primary phase and your own work setting.

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 judgement;
  • cater for a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines.

Course modules:

  • Critical perspectives on primary education policy and practice
  • Creative approaches to the curriculum
  • Pedagogy, talk and learning
  • The school as a community

(Note: Pairs of modules run on a rolling programme. In 2022-2023 the course modules will be the top two on the above list and in 2023-2024, the bottom two modules)

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.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD 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.

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Key Information


24 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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