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Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1169

How long it takes:

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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The modules are undertaken in succession.


Term 1

Investigating my work with learners

This module focuses on teaching, learning and assessment. It will enable you to review your work with children in class or school and consider an aspect of pedagogical, learning or teaching practice which you would like to investigate and develop. This might include implementing a new initiative being advocated by the school or external bodies, to gain research-based evidence and enhance professional practice.


Term 2

Investigating my subject/specialism

Through this module on subject and curriculum knowledge, you will explore your work as a teacher and a colleague, and focus on an aspect of practice that you would like to research and critically analyse. The aspect might be developing curriculum, or knowledge and understanding in a particular subject, or area of practice in the early years, primary, secondary or special education.


Term 3

Investigating my work as a member of a team

This module will focus on collaboration, team work and mentoring. You will examine your work as a member of a team and review your role as a colleague and a mentor supporting staff in class and in school. This could be as a beginner mentor, supporting for the first time, or as an experienced mentor, wanting to develop and enhance knowledge, understanding and skills.



Students who successfully complete the PGDip Teaching Studies can apply to the MA Teaching Studies which is an opportunity for you to develop in-depth understanding of an educational topic of personal and/or professional interest. The dissertation research culminates in a formal, written report of an original investigation.

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

PGDip Teaching Studies graduates can progress onto the MA Teaching Studies programme. Continuing professional development aids teachers’ prospects for promotion.