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Graduate Admissions

The Primary Master's is intended for education professionals, policymakers 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. You will have the opportunity to:

  • enhance your educational understanding and practice through critical reflection, study and research;
  • critically engage with the best quality national and international educational research that has relevance to primary education;
  • carry out an individual and collaborative critical enquiry into significant educational issues and practice; and
  • develop your thinking in order to contribute to informed policy and practice analysis and improvement in the primary phase and your own work setting.

Course modules:

  • Critical perspectives on primary education policy and practice
  • Creative approaches to the curriculum
  • Pedagogy, talk and learning
  • The school as a community

(Note: Pairs of modules run on a rolling programme.  In 2020-21 the course modules will be the first two on the above list.)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • gained a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, including thorough knowledge of how to find and use international literature applicable to primary/ elementary education;
  • demonstrated commitment to the application of research-based and professional knowledge about primary or elementary education, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create further understanding of their field;
  • developed capacities for critical evaluation of research findings, techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the Master of Education to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


2 years part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 2, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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