2020 start


School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

With our flexible course you can study a broad range of educational and pedagogical concepts. Gain an understanding of recent trends and debates, explore changing conceptions of curriculums and assessment, and consider the impacts of globalisation and psychological research.
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Course description

Due to high demand, this course is currently closed to new applications. Applications may re-open later in the year. At this point, we would expect to offer places to a limited number of high-quality applicants only, who exceed our usual entry requirements. Please check back here for updates.

During this one-year, full-time course you will explore theory and research relating to learning, teaching and assessment and educational policy. You may not have professional experience in teaching, but there is a school placement module in an educational setting as an optional part of this course (limited numbers).


Core modules

  • Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research
  • The Practice of Research
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Reflections on Practice in Learning and Teaching
  • Globalisation and Education
  • Globalising Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology and Learning Communities
  • Early Childhood 1: Development, Learning and Curriculum
  • Early Childhood 2: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Language Acquisition, Learning and Pedagogy
  • Language, Society and Education


Teaching and learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion, active inquiry and investigations. Regular meetings with a personal tutor support and encourage your learning and understanding.

A weekly tutorial and a Study of Education course accompanies the taught modules.


There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a 15–20,000-word dissertation.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related field is required.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students


Due to high demand, this course is currently closed to new applications. Applications may re-open later in the year. Please check back here for updates.


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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.