Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Beyond your PGCE


Professional development and educational research

Throughout your career in Education, you will be expected to develop your teaching practice and engage with evidence to support what you do in the classroom. The University of Leeds is well placed to support you in your career progression. Following your Initial Teacher Training you can continue to develop your understanding of Education through one of our specially designed Masters programmes. The 60 credits awarded through the PGCE are transferrable into a full Masters programme (comprising 180 credits in total). 


MA Teaching (part-time)

This degree is for newly qualified primary and secondary teachers, to deepen your understanding of how children learn. You will focus on teaching, learning and assessment, with an emphasis on practical skills and school-based learning.

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MA Education and Professional Enquiry (part-time)

This degree is aimed at teachers and school leaders who want to explore the potential of evidence-based practice in the classroom. You will develop in-depth knowledge of teaching whilst improving your research skills and learning to analyse the evidence you gather.

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EdD and PhD

Later in your teaching career, you may wish to undertake a research degree. The University of Leeds offers both the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and the EdD (Doctor of Education). The EdD involves taught modules and research, leading to a thesis of up to 55,000 words, and is also called a professional doctorate. The PhD is awarded entirely on the basis of research, leading to a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Both programmes allow you to study for an advanced understanding of a range of educational issues, and the skills and knowledge required to conduct and evaluate independent research.

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