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Postgraduate Admissions

How are education systems around the world governed, with what kind of knowledge's in what kinds of place? This pathway explores these profoundly important questions and the nature of the consequences for social justice.

Students joining this course will:

  • benefit from teaching by internationally renowned Faculty staff who are actively involved in cutting-edge research and policy advice in the area of knowledge production in the contemporary global world of education, its political nature, diverse settings and issues of social justice;
  • closely engage with the work of the Faculty’s Education, Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster;
  • join a select group of no more than 25 to 30 students per year;
  • experience a teaching approach that promotes active, participatory, inclusive and research-oriented pedagogy;
  • enjoy personalised support and mentoring through one-to-one supervision;
  • connect with a friendly and vibrant community from across the world;
  • benefit from access to research groups and networks across the University of Cambridge; and
  • develop skills for employability across a range of organisations concerned with research, policy and practice.

The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Education as a full-time course and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main 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 for a range of specialists interested within 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.

Continuing

Students intending to go on to the PhD/EdD will be required to have achieve at least a merit for the dissertation.


Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Feb. 28, 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