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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Education (Transforming Practice) PACES entry only is no longer accepting new applications.

This course offers a flexible blended learning method for full or part-time practitioners in educational contexts. The course seeks to locate practitioner enquiry in the wider educational research context. Students will explore policy and its relation to practice, engage with examples of practitioner research in educational settings in the UK and beyond, and take part in their own enquiry work to transform an element of their practice. Students will be supported through working in a community of enquiry.

This course aims to enable the Faculty to:

  • Develop excellence in teaching and learning in schools in the UK and beyond through the co-construction and dissemination of knowledge with practitioners;
  • Enable practitioners to make a difference through practice development, impact and dissemination, hence building workforce leadership capacity;
  • Create a natural progression route to the EdD;
  • Integrate practitioners at different stages in their careers in a shared learning space;
  • Lead through innovation in higher education pedagogy, including on-line learning;
  • Build on the Faculty’s world-class research in the context of UK schools and their communities, thus contributing to the mission and values of the University.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to foster:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledgeable practitioners who have an advanced understanding of practices, processes, and outcomes of teaching and learning;

Skills and other attributes

  • Open-minded practitioners who will challenge practice through critically analysing multiple sources of evidence and developing appropriate arguments for change;
  • Innovative practitioners who will transform their practice on the basis of their learning
  • Influencing practitioners who will develop the practical, organisational and communicative /presentational skills and agency to persuade others.

These elements, knowledge, open-mind, innovation and influence will feature in all aspects of the course design, content, pedagogy and assessment.

The above aims will be achieved through:

  • Appropriate course content, pedagogical approach and assessment procedures;
  • 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 of like-minded students who will provide mutual support.


Students wishing to continue from the MEd to the PhD or EdD are required to achieve a pass in their thesis and endorsement from the assessors that their thesis is suitable for progression onto the doctoral programme.

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.

Key Information

12 months part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

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. 14, 2019