2020 start

Applied Professional Studies in Education

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

This distance learning course builds on your PGDE learning and enhances your skills in order to conduct a masters-level dissertation study in your own professional context.
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Course description

We're no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry for this course.

This is a distance learning course for those who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with 120 valid credits. The programme will build on your PGDE learning, helping you to gain all the skills necessary to conduct a masters-level dissertation study in your own professional context.

We teach this course through a series of Saturday study schools. You’ll also have one-to-one support for your dissertation from a personal tutor. 

During the study schools you’ll explore practitioner research methodologies, develop your project, and share and debate ideas in a supportive environment.

The study schools are complemented by online materials on research methods and methodologies. You can access expertise and support via email, Skype, phone calls or visits.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


Core modules

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Teaching takes place via a number of Saturday study schools, spread throughout the year, as well as individual tutor support.


The dissertation is split into a 4,000-word proposal, followed by a 12,000–16,000-word dissertation.


1 year part-time (distance learning)

Entry requirements

You will need Qualified Teacher Status and a PGDE with 120 valid credits, or the equivalent.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


We're no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry.


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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.