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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the course

This is a professional development course for qualified teachers who are currently working in schools or similar educational settings. It focuses on developing your pedagogical practice in schools and classrooms, through engagement with and in research.

The course is part-time, intended for teachers, in both primary and secondary schools, and including school leaders, who are interested in developing a research-informed approach to their existing practice. It focuses on the processes of learning and teaching, and is rooted in your own practice in school (or a similar educational setting); it is not possible to enrol if you are not currently working in a school (or similar setting). The course involves attending teaching weekends (held on Friday afternoons and Saturdays), and carrying out investigations in school, which are supported by set readings.

There are two parts overall. In Part One, attendance is required at five intensive two-day residential courses in Oxford; supervision will mainly be offered within small subject-specific support groups, and from a University supervisor with expertise in a particular subject. In Part Two, you will largely work with a specialist supervisor on your own project.


Assessment is through one formally submitted assignment of 8-10,000 words (or equivalent) at the end of Part One, drawing on the content of the units studied. In Part Two you will be required to complete a research and development project of 15-20,000 words (or equivalent), which involves implementing a new strategy and reviewing its progress, while working with colleagues.

Graduate destinations

The course has enabled many alumni to progress on to leadership roles in schools, including several headteachers.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,953per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

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