Taught course


University of Sheffield · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related field.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

During this one-year, full-time course you will explore theory and research relating to learning, teaching and assessment and educational policy. You may not have professional experience in teaching, but there is a school placement module in an educational setting as an optional part of this course (limited numbers).

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

About us

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.

You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Tom Billington, Professor Elizabeth Wood and Professor Dan Goodley. Tom’s research in critical educational psychology has shifted the ways in which psychologists can and should view young people in ways that are more empowering for young people and their families. Elizabeth’s work is internationally renowned for her critical interventions into the lives of young children, illuminating the significance of play in raising the well-being of young children. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Core modules

Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research; The Practice of Research; Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Choose two from: Reflections on Practice in Learning and Teaching; Globalisation and Education; Globalising Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy; Developmental Psychology; Psychology and Learning Communities; Quantitative Methodologies in Educational Research; Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Research; Early Childhood 1: Development, Learning and Curriculum; Early Childhood 2: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education; Language Acquisition, Learning and Pedagogy; Language, Society and Education.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0) 114 222 8177