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The Primary Master's modules are taught by means of a combination of lectures, seminars, reading groups, workshops and student presentations. Self-directed study includes pre-session readings, preparation for presentations, and practical research activities.

All students also attend educational research methods sessions as part of the Research Methods strand. The course takes two years of study.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours per year (9 in total)

Seminars & classes

The course involves 48 hours of face-to-face teaching over each year covering Primary Education and Research Methods.  This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty on Wednesday afternoons in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, plus two whole-day conferences on Fridays (in the Michaelmas and Lent terms). There is a small amount of teaching in the Easter term when students are writing up their dissertations.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and detailed feedback is provided. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.


Thesis / Dissertation

The thesis is up to 15,000 words in length and submitted in August.

The examination shall include an oral examination on the dissertation and the essays, and on the general field of knowledge within which they fall, save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.


Students are required to submit two essays in their first year, one 4000 words and the other 4000-6000 words in length.

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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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