Taught course

Master of Education

University of Sussex · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification. This professionally focused, practice-based course is suitable for those currently working in a UK classroom or other educational setting.

Months of entry


Course content

This new professionally oriented degree embeds the PGCE as a professional qualification and allows you to focus on the pedagogy of your curriculum subject or phase specialism up to Masters level. As a part-time degree, it is designed to support teachers during their early professional development or to enrich the professional knowledge of established teachers while they work and study.

Teaching combines reflection on practice, enhancement of pedagogy, and research into teaching and learning. Modules are delivered through a choice of evening or weekend seminars, self-directed study, tutorials and school support visits. A dedicated virtual learning environment allows you to study at a distance and communicate with other teachers.

The timing of sessions is flexibly negotiated to recognise professional commitments. For most students, the MEd will take an average of three years to complete. The Sussex PGCE constitutes the first year of the MEd, with the remaining modules taken over one or two years.

Work is assessed through a variety of methods including directed tasks, presentations, professional conversations, written assignments and dissertations.

Course structure
Initial modules match those of the PGCE. Subsequent modules offer you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), mentor or established teacher and begin to consider how classroom-based research can enhance your teaching and professional responsibilities. The degree culminates with a self-selected dissertation.

Academic awards
We award an MEd for gaining 180 credits. This is through successful completion of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit final dissertation. Our current PGCE accounts for the first 90 credits. We also award a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits, gained through successful completion of four 30-credit modules; and a Postgraduate Certificate for 60 credits, gained through successful completion of two 30-credit modules.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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01273 876787