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Graduate Study: Masters Part-time Programme

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This part time programme is two years in duration and leads to a Master of Education. You will choose a thematic course that relates to a topic or theme that interests you. Alongside this you will follow a research methods strand to develop your knowledge and skills to undertake your own research and to become a more critical user of the research of others.

Please note, if you have done a PGCE at the Faculty and wish to apply for the 1-year part-time MEd, please visit Progression from our PGCE to Masters page.

If you are currently completing or have already completed the PACES course at the Faculty, please visit our PACES to Masters page for further information about available courses.

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.
  • The University will be hosting a Postgraduate Open Day on the 3rd November. For further information please visit our open day webpage 


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Choosing your course:

The following courses are available part-time over two years:


lectureOur Research Methods Strand

The research strand covers a broad range of social science research methods and is essential for Masters level understanding and critical engagement with the research literature in many specialist areas and in education more generally. It offers opportunities and encouragement to apply the knowledge gained to your thematic area, and vice versa.


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Session times

The attendance requirement for part-time students is one day per week. The session times differ per course, so please check the course pages (see above) for further details.


man lecturingLectures and Seminars

The majority of the teaching on the Master's programme is non-lecture and interactive. For example, many students attend sessions that last 3-5 hours. Each is likely to include a lecture (perhaps for an hour) but set within the context of a range of other types of teaching and learning activities such as small group discussions, student presentations, workshops, etc (typically involving 10-20 students). Part time students generally are in the Faculty once a week although some courses offer a conference model (day conferences 3-5 times a year and additional support via  blended learning). All courses use our virtual learning environment, Moodle, to give students access to materials online and to support their teaching.


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.  Part time students are entitled to 4.5 hours of supervision per year.