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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Education (Psychology and Education) is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is composed of two key elements:

  • the research methods training course
  • the Psychology and Education thematic route

Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject-specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and supervisions.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours per year (nine in total) with an experienced member of academic or research staff. These comprise a mixture of small group and 1:1 discussions.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The course involves 96 hours of face-to-face teaching over the two years. This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty, once a week (on Wednesday afternoons) in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. There is only a small amount of teaching in the Easter term.


In the Easter term, students are required to give short presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Students submit two essays and a thesis. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.



The dissertation is up to 15,000 words in length and submitted in August. Where a candidate receives a provisional fail mark, an oral examination is required.


Students are required to submit two essays in their first year, one 4000 words and the other 4-6000 words in length.

Key Information

2 years part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 17, 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. 14, 2019

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