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27 courses offered in the Faculty of Education

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching has been designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing. It will provide a two-year, part-time route to a full University of Cambridge Master’s degree. 

The MSt has been developed by the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Faculties of Education, English and History, and with The Prince's Teaching Institute.

 

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The PhD is a research degree, the main purpose of which is to prepare a substantial piece of original research. Our graduate students, from all over the world, make an important contribution not only to the vitality of the Faculty's research culture but also to its outstanding reputation internationally. The Faculty has long-established relationships with both national and international agencies and institutions.

One of the great strengths of studying at Cambridge is the level of individual support you will receive from an expert in your field. The Faculty assigns all doctoral students a supervisor to guide them through their course. All doctoral students also undertake a programme of planned research training and are encouraged to play an active role in research seminars and engage in opportunities for acquiring transferable skills.

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The EdD is an innovative programme that harnesses the experience of excellent doctoral research at Cambridge to generate, develop and disseminate professional knowledge and support innovation that will have social, educational and practical impact. Participants in the EdD programme will design and implement substantial research projects.

One of the great strengths of studying at Cambridge is the level of individual support you will receive from an expert in your field. The Faculty assigns all doctoral students a supervisor to guide them through their studies. All doctoral students also undertake a programme of planned research training over the course of their EdD and have the opportunity throughout their studies to attend further research and transferable skills training.

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This thematic route provides an interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary arts education and cultural debates in the UK and abroad. It includes contributions from specialists in a range of disciplines, including performing arts, drama, theatre, music, visual art, design and technology.

The course features three modules. The first module investigates the nature and value of the arts, as well as how and why the arts should be considered educative. The second module examines the role of the arts and artists in society and the relationship of the state to the arts. The third module engages with diverse conceptualizations of creativity and their implications for both arts and education.

The course is assessed through two essays and a thesis, each oriented around students’ interests: 

  • a critical discussion of a key issue in arts, creativity, and education; 
  • an analysis of a peer-reviewed research paper; and
  • a 20,000 word thesis based upon research carried out by the student.

This course recognises that artistic practices can serve as an essential research tool in our respective fields and therefore makes available studio and performance facilities.

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This specialist master's route is aimed at applicants who already have knowledge of and interest in children's literature, and who want to develop expertise in the subject at master's level. In this route, students will meet old favourites in fiction, film, poetry and picturebooks and make exciting new acquaintances. They will be introduced to topical debates on the nature and social function of this controversial and multifaceted body of literature. They will also be provided with the tools for a critical assessment of texts written and marketed for a young audience.

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This PGCE-M course is aimed at applicants who already have knowledge of and interest in children's literature, and who want to develop expertise in the subject at master's level. In this route, students will meet old favourites in fiction, film, poetry and picturebooks and make exciting new acquaintances. They will be introduced to topical debates on the nature and social function of this controversial and multifaceted body of literature. They will also be provided with the tools for a critical assessment of texts written and marketed for a young audience.

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This route provides a broad-based view of educational leadership and school improvement, both through the explicit and focused study of specific concepts and issues, and through their application in the conduct of individual research projects. The teaching team draw on their research to illustrate ideas, and occasionally welcome visiting academics to enrich the route still further. Students are encouraged to share their experiences and perceptions, and to learn from each other while relating knowledge, principles and insights to their own contexts. Participants come with varied backgrounds, from the UK and overseas and as such the course has an international perspective.

 

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This route provides a broad-based view of educational leadership and school improvement, both through the explicit and focused study of specific concepts and issues, and through their application in the conduct of individual research projects. The teaching team draw on their research to illustrate ideas, and occasionally welcome visiting academics to enrich the route still further. Students are encouraged to share their experiences and perceptions, and to learn from each other while relating knowledge, principles and insights to their own contexts. Participants come with varied backgrounds, from the UK and overseas, and as such the course has an international perspective.

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The MPhil in Educational Research is a course for students wishing to learn and apply the principles and procedures of educational research methods. The course also comprises the research training route for all students working towards registration for the degree of PhD (as students who are "probationary"). The main aim of this course is to provide a broad-based training in educational research, both through the explicit and focused study and practice of a wide range of traditions, strategies and techniques; and through their application in specialist fields of educational research. Throughout, a student is supported by a supervisor who has expertise in the substantive field of the student's research project.

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The MEd in Educational Research is a course for students wishing to learn and apply the principles and procedures of educational research methods. The course also comprises the research training route for all students working towards registration for the degree of PhD (as students who are "probationary"). The main aim of this course is to provide a broad-based training in educational research, both through the explicit and focused study and practice of a wide range of traditions, strategies and techniques; and through their application in specialist fields of educational research. Throughout, a student is supported by a supervisor who has expertise in the substantive field of the student's research project.

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Students joining this course will:

  • benefit from teaching by internationally renowned Faculty staff who are actively involved in cutting-edge research and policy advice;
  • closely engage with the work of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning centre (REAL) and the Faculty’s Education, Culture, Politics and Global Justice Research Group;
  • join a select group of around 25 to 30 students per year;
  • experience a teaching approach that promotes active, participatory, inclusive and research-oriented pedagogy;
  • enjoy personalised support and mentoring through one-to-one supervision;
  • connect with a friendly and vibrant community from across the world;
  • benefit from access to research groups and networks across the University of Cambridge; and
  • develop skills for employability across a range of organisations working on globalisation and international development.

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The Mathematics Education route is for anyone with a research or professional interest in mathematics education at any level of education (primary, secondary, or tertiary), wanting to undertake advanced study in a world-class setting. The Mathematics Education route is taught by a specialist team, and its student cohort is drawn primarily from UK-based professionals (most of whom continue in their full-time posts while taking the course part-time) and international students (most of whom take the course on a full-time basis as a specialism within the Educational Research master's route).

The Mathematics Education route develops students' understanding of a number of important issues in the field of mathematics education. Students learn to interpret and critically engage with ideas and debates in mathematics education research in three ways:

  • through taught sessions in mathematics education;
  • through work on course assignments under the supervision of a member of the teaching team; and
  • through participation in seminars led by students on the route and in project workshops.

The students receive also robust training in educational research methods as part of  the Educational Research route.

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The PGCE-MEd Mathematics Education course is for anyone with a research or professional interest in mathematics education at any level of education (primary, secondary, or tertiary), wanting to undertake advanced study in a world-class setting. The Mathematics Education course is taught by a specialist team, and its student cohort is drawn primarily from UK-based professionals (most of whom continue in their full-time posts while taking the course part-time) and international students (most of whom take the course on a full-time basis as a specialism within the Educational Research master's course).

The Mathematics Education course develops students' understanding of a number of important issues in the field of mathematics education. Students learn to interpret and critically engage with ideas and debates in mathematics education research in three ways:

  • through taught sessions in mathematics education;
  • through work on course assignments under the supervision of a member of the teaching team; and
  • through participation in seminars led by students on the route and in project workshops.

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The Primary Master's is intended for education professionals, policy makers and researchers at any stage of their career. Many students have relevant international experience and interests. We aim to fuse research and theoretical understandings about primary or elementary education with current priorities in policy and practice.

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The PGCE-MEd Primary Master's is intended for education professionals, policy makers and researchers at any stage of their career. Many students have relevant international experience and interests. We aim to fuse research and theoretical understandings about primary or elementary education with current priorities in policy and practice.

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This route is intended for applicants who have a background or strong interest in education, have undertaken some previous study of psychology, perhaps within their first degree, and now wish to develop their knowledge in this area further.

The route offers a well-rounded introduction to areas of psychology relevant to the study of  human development, learning and education, together with more advanced study examining psychological approaches to particular topics within education. At the end of the route, participants are required to complete a research dissertation on topics in which they have brought or developed a particular interest.

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This course is intended for applicants who have a background or strong interest in education, have undertaken some previous study of psychology, perhaps within their first degree, and now wish to develop their knowledge in this area further.

The course offers a well-rounded introduction to areas of psychology relevant to the study of  human development, learning and education, together with more advanced study examining psychological approaches to particular topics within education. At the end of the route, participants are required to complete a research dissertation on topics in which they have brought or developed a particular interest.

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The course adopts a broad definition of the term "second language education". It considers issues relating to the teaching and learning of modern languages in English schools and communities (eg French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, etc) as well as issues relating to the teaching of English as a second, foreign, or additional language across the world. A special feature of the course is its broad-based training which enables students to combine linguistic and social analysis in their research.

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This PGCE-MEd course adopts a broad definition of the term "second language education". It considers issues relating to the teaching and learning of modern languages in English schools and communities (eg French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, etc) as well as issues relating to the teaching of English as a second, foreign, or additional language across the world. A special feature of the course is its broad-based training which enables students to combine linguistic and social analysis in their research.

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Open only to students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Advanced Certificate in Educational Studies (PACES) at the Faculty of Education. 

This course is intended for all teachers and education professionals who have an interest in developing their own practice. It takes as its starting point teachers and education professionals researching their own practice and relates these findings to relevant national and international literatures. The course is premised around the concept of teacher as researcher and this perspective, with an exploration of the theoretical and practical implications, informs the route design. You will be researching an area of education that you are interested in and is linked to one of the communities within the course. The course asks teachers and education professionals to engage with the debates surrounding research as professional development, and offers the opportunity to explore in depth an area of professional interest to them.

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Open only to PGCE graduates of Cambridge University as the second year of their MEd route. 

This course is intended for all teachers and education professionals who have an interest in developing their own practice. It takes as its starting point teachers and education professionals researching their own practice and relates these findings to relevant national and international literatures. The course is premised around the concept of teacher as researcher and this perspective, with an exploration of the theoretical and practical implications, informs the route design. You will be researching an area of education that you are interested in and is linked to one of the communities within the course. The course asks teachers and education professionals to engage with the debates surrounding research as professional development, and offers the opportunity to explore in depth an area of professional interest to them.

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A one-year, part-time practice-based and professionally relevant course in assessment and examinations, grounded in current research and theory, led by tutors from Cambridge Assessment and the Faculty of Education.

Principles of assessment

  • Purposes of assessment
  • Validity and quality of forms of assessment
  • Standard-setting, consistency and reliability

Validation of assessment

  • Evidence in public examinations, including external examining and awarding
  • Validation of assessment practices

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The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Programme at the Faculty of Education is accredited by the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (U.P.C.A.) and leads to registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (U.K.C.P.).

The course specialises in the aims, processes and skills of working therapeutically with children and young people through an emphasis on working through play and with the arts. Other significant strands include child and adolescent development, clinical skills, professional issues, ethics and child safe-guarding, child mental health, developing children's emotional well-being, working with children's contexts, networks and families, multi agency work, working in a school setting, and working with groups. This programme enables participants to become effective and ethical psychotherapeutic counsellors.

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Course overview:
A 30-hour PAES course that aims to explore psychotherapeutic counselling with children and adolescents and develop the skills and theoretical base for such work. Course members will be encouraged to consider how these skills apply in their own work setting, through the idea of ‘embedded counselling’. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and the relational processes involved in using counselling skills with children and young people.

Consideration will also be given to specific areas including;

  • counselling in schools and other settings
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • working with diversity
  • practical and ethical issues
  • working with parents and adults around the child
  • students' own work setting

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This route provides a broad-based view of educational leadership and school improvement, both through the explicit and focused study of specific concepts and issues, and through their application in the conduct of individual research projects. The teaching team draw on their research to illustrate ideas, and occasionally welcome visiting academics to enrich the route still further. Students are encouraged to share their experiences and perceptions, and to learn from each other while relating knowledge, principles and insights to their own contexts. Participants come with varied backgrounds, from the UK and overseas, and as such the course has an international perspective.

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The PACES-MEd Mathematics Education route is for anyone with a research or professional interest in mathematics education at any level of education (primary, secondary, or tertiary), wanting to undertake advanced study in a world-class setting. The Mathematics Education route is taught by a specialist team, and its student cohort is drawn primarily from UK-based professionals (most of whom continue in their full-time posts while taking the course part-time) and international students (most of whom take the course on a full-time basis as a specialism within the Educational Research master's route).

The Mathematics Education course develops students' understanding of a number of important issues in the field of mathematics education. Students learn to interpret and critically engage with ideas and debates in mathematics education research in three ways:

  • taught sessions in mathematics education;
  • work on course assignments under the supervision of a member of the teaching team; and
  • participation in seminars led by students on the route and in project workshops.

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The PACES-MEd Primary master's is intended for education professionals, policy makers and researchers at any stage of their career. Many students have relevant international experience and interests. We aim to fuse research and theoretical understandings about primary or elementary education with current priorities in policy and practice.

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