Taught course

Practice of Education

Durham University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade A good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in the Practice of Education is a flexible part-time programme comprising 60 Masters-level credits: one research methods module plus another module chosen from a list of optional modules also offered on our MA in Education programme.

With the option of transferring to the MA in Education upon successful completion of both modules, this programme is ideal for those who wish to sample postgraduate study prior to committing to a full Masters degree programme.

Teaching has previously been delivered through intensive teaching weekends scheduled around (Durham) school half-term holidays making the programme suitable for those working full-time.

Course structure

Over the course of a year students study a compulsory 30 credit module, Research Methods in Education, plus one 30 credit optional module.

Core Modules

  • Research Methods in Education

Optional Modules

Students must select 30 credits from a small list of optional modules. In previous years these have included:

  • 21st Century Technology: Implications for Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Arts in Education (30 credits)
  • Curriculum Analysis (30 credits)
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Purposeful Thought (30 credits)
  • Intercultural and International Education (30 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication (30 credits)
  • Policy Studies (30 credits)
  • Psychology of the Learner (30 credits)
  • Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Science (30 credits).

The above are examples of modules we run at present. Modules are continually developed in line with needs of students and expertise in the department.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Education
(0) 191 334 8409