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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Education (Critical Approaches to Children's Literature) PGCE entry only is no longer accepting new applications.


The PGCE-MEd course is composed of two key elements:

  • the research methods training course
  • the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature thematic route

Teaching time is split between the two elements, 16 hours being given to research methods and 32 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.

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

Seminars & classes

The course involves 48 hours of face-to-face teaching over the year. 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 when students are writing up their theses.


Towards the end of the course, students are required to give short presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, students will submit written work and receive detailed feedback. 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 thesis is up to 20,000 words in length and submitted at the end of August.

Where a candidate receives a provisional fail mark, an oral examination is required.

Key Information

1 year part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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