Applied Professional Studies in Education
School of Education,
Faculty of Social Sciences
This is a distance learning course for those who hold the University of Sheffield's 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.
The programme is taught via a number of Saturday study schools (two of which are compulsory) as well as individual dissertation supervision and support via email, phone calls or personal visits.
During the study schools, you will explore a range of issues in practitioner-research methodologies and the development of students' projects, along with opportunities to share and debate ideas with a community of academics and peers. This is complemented by structured and targeted online materials on research methods and methodologies, as well as individual supervision from a personal tutor.
The MA is assessed by through a 15,000-20,000-word dissertation, submitted around the end of August. As newly qualified teachers, this allows you time to carefully consider your topic of interest, research approach and to arrange fieldwork activities around your professional roles, all carefully managed alongside your teaching workloads.
You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will support you throughout the year. This includes guidance on the development of your research project, discussing and approving your proposed fieldwork activities, and providing feedback on draft work prior to the final submission of your dissertation.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Teaching takes place via a number of Saturday study schools, spread throughout the year, as well as individual tutor support.
Assessment is by a 15–20,000-word dissertation.
1 year part-time (distance learning)
You will need Qualified Teacher Status and the University of Sheffield's PGDE with 120 valid credits, or the equivalent.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 8177
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.