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Graduate Study: PACES Progression to MEd

PACES progression to MEd Faculty of Education Cambridge

Students who successfully complete 90 credits on the Faculty of Education's PPD programme (PACES) can apply to undertake the part-time Master of Education (MEd) in just one year. The PPD and MEd parts must be completed within 5 years of starting the PPD course.

We offer our students:

  • Access to outstanding research facilities;
  • The opportunity to work closely with specialists in their field;
  • A supportive, stimulating environment with excellent supervision;
  • A strong community or like-minded students who will provide mutual support

We aim to support our students to develop:

  • The capacity to analyse contemporary educational issues and practices using systematic and research led approaches;
  • Knowledge and understanding of current practices and outcomes of teaching and learning;
  • A critical understanding of research methods and methodologies for educational enquiry;
  • The practical, organisational and presentational skills necessary for the successful reporting of educational research.


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Choosing your course:

The following courses are available for PACES-MEd students:

Please note: the Psychology and Education, Educational Research or Counselling course are not available 1 year part-time, but can be taken as 2-year part-time courses. Please see the part-time study page for further information.

lecture talkingOur Research Methods Strand

Higher education is gaining momentum as a focal policy point in the international development agenda. Following its neglect in the Education for All framework and Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 development goals includes a specific target on higher education, with a particular focus on achieving equality of access to higher education for all. Our research aims to assess the current state of higher education and prospects for the future, with a particular focus on extending equitable access. 

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Session Times

For all routes except Researching Practice, sessions will start at 2pm on a Wednesday and continue to run through school half terms. Researching Practice students will follow an online model of work with some Saturday conferences. There is some variation in the duration of sessions across courses that meet on Wednesdays. Please check the course pages for further details.

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How to Apply

Applications for the PACES-MEd course are managed by the central Graduate Admissions Office and should be made using their online application form. During the admissions process you may also hear from the Faculty and your College.

To apply for the PACES-MEd course, please go to the Course Directory. It is very important to select the correct course, as the application will be made directly to the course that you select.

To ensure that you find the correct course, please tick 'Masters' and 'part time' and put the title of your course in the filter box (for example 'Researching Practice' or 'Arts, Creativity and Education'). You then need to make sure that you select the course with 'PACES entry only' at the end, which is the one-year part time PACES-MEd option of a particular course.

The 'How to apply' section of your course in the course directory will explain what documents you will need to upload.

  • You are not considered a 'continuer' for the purposes of this application and you should follow the instructions as if you were a new applicant.
  • It is not necessary to upload a transcript of your PPD course, but you should upload transcripts of previous qualifications.
  • As a policy the Faculty of Education does not recommend undertaking part time study if a prospective student will be commuting from overseas (outside UK and EU). The Board of Graduate Studies reserves the right not to make an offer if it considers the arrangements for regular attendance unworkable. It is unlikely that the Board will approve an application for part time study where the applicant has a journey time of more than four hours to meet the basic attendance requirements (normally considered to be the UK and more accessible parts of the EU). Please read the Part time Graduate Study Information for Prospective Students PDF document accessible at this link on the Graduate Admissions website:

The Faculty is asked by the Graduate Admissions Office to make recommendations on applications for the MEd programme but all final decisions on admissions to these routes are made centrally by the Graduate Admissions Office.



Deadlines may vary per course, so please check the course directory page of the course you wish to apply for. 

Offers are made on a rolling basis and courses may fill up before the deadline. It is therefore important to make an early application, even if you have not yet completed the PACES course. The ideal time is between November and February for an October start.

studentsPersonal Supervision

One of the great strengths of studying at Cambridge is the level of individual support you will receive. You will be assigned an expert in your field to guide you through your course. You will meet with them regularly to discuss progress and will be able to send them your work for feedback and advice. The Faculty has around forty academic staff teaching on the Graduate programme offering a very wide range of expertise. PACES-MEd students are entitled to 4.5 hours of supervision.