Taught course

Advanced Subject Teaching

University of Cambridge · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold or to be about to achieve: at least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique postgraduate degree has been designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing. As well as preparing you for possible future research leading to the degree of EdD or PhD, the analytical and transferable skills it provides will be valuable if you are seeking to develop or change your career within the field of education.

The programme has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Faculties of Education, English and History, and with The Prince's Teaching Institute.

The MSt is taught part-time over two years through short, intensive study blocks and online tuition. It has been designed to be accessible to teachers both in the UK and world-wide.

Successful applicants will become members of a Cambridge College and will join the wider graduate community, with full access to the facilities of the University.

What will I be studying?

When you embark on this innovative programme, you will choose an aspect of your subject which you would like to explore further or perhaps tackle for the first time. You will then study it both academically and pedagogically, so that your new knowledge and skills can be put to effective use in the classroom.

It is an important aim of the programme that you should focus on areas of the curriculum that are under-represented in schools, not least because teachers themselves may be less familiar with them.

We hope that successful graduates of this MSt will go on to make major contributions to syllabus development not only in their schools, but also at national and international level.

Information for international students

Candidates are expected to be native speakers of English, or to have a near-native command of the language before admission.

Fees and funding

James Stuart Bursaries

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education is offering a number of James Stuart Bursaries of £1,750 per annum to applicants who wish to carry out research aimed at improving teaching and learning in their school or college. Preference will be given to those who are teachers in UK state-funded schools or colleges and who do not have financial support.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Bursaries

The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Bursary Fund offers bursaries up to a maximum of £10,000 per person to cover course fees for overseas and EU applicants wishing to study the MSt in 2015. Bursary applicants must be current teachers of either English or History CIE syllabuses working outside the UK in CIE-registered schools. Applicants must be fully supported by their school and confirmation of this support should be included in the application.

National Scholarship Fund for Teachers

In addition, English teachers working in England may have access to the National Scholarship Fund for Teachers. Please check the Department for Education’s website for the latest information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sue Brignell
+44 (0)1223 760862