Taught course

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)

University of Birmingham Dubai

Entry requirements

  • A degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree of at least 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded
  • Personal Statement (minimum 500 - 700 words) on your motivation and commitment in pursuing this programme of study
  • A position of employment within an educational setting in the UAE for the duration of the PGCEi programme
  • Two references. Preferably one academic (previous university tutor for example) and one professional that confirms your current role in an educational setting, evidencing your motivation and commitment to undertake further study

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCEi is a 60 credit M-level professional development programme for those working in educational settings keen to develop their practice. On the PGCEi you will be able to develop specialised areas of expertise based on your own educational context.

This programme has been accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
University sponsorships are not available for part-time applicants. If you are a part-time applicant who requires visa sponsorship, please refer to our visa categories for further information.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) programme consists of 60 credits over one year on a part-time basis. This includes weekly face-to-face classes on-campus and a host of blended and asynchronous activities. Fundamental education issues of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and learning are explored in relation to established and emerging education research. In addition, elements of sustainable practices, social justice in education, digital pedagogies and the internationalisation of curricula are embedded within our internationally recognised PGCEi. Through a process of reflection and collaboration on global perspectives in education, the PGCEi culminates in an action research project.
On the PGCEi programme you will:
Work independently to develop your practice through a process of critical reflection
Collaborate with and draw on experiences from your peers as education practitioners across the world as well as academics who are specialists in their field of Learning and Teaching
Develop as a critically reflective practitioner in both your domestic context and internationally
Benefit from a flexible blended approach to learning through in-person and asynchronous workshops and seminars, access to digital resources supplemented by University Tutor input
Be part of a research-informed professional learning community conducting research and enquiry to review and improve practice with an emphasis on the ‘teacher-researcher’
Develop your own specialist areas of expertise through research on learning theories and associated pedagogy, curriculum design and other practice-focused assignments

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English through the completion of an academic level IELTS or equivalent. You should achieve a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dubai Contacts
+971 (0)55 182 8937