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MA in Professional Education


The Postgraduate Application form for our MA in Professional Education for an Easter 2019 start
will be available in Summer 2018.

Every year we upgrade former Warwick PGCE students to our Masters programme. Teachers can start this from the Easter after your PGCE finishes, and you have up to five years to use your Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

**Please note that for former PGCE students from the academic year 2013/14, this is the last year that your APEL is valid**

This means that our Masters students have half a Masters to do - as the PGCE counts as the first 90 CATS. This Masters is an online Summer Term 30 CAT Foundation Research Methods module that starts after Easter, and finishes in September. Followed by a 12 month 60 CAT dissertation on an educational area of your choice - supervised by CTE staff - that runs from September through to the end of August.

Any queries please contact the Programme Leader, Deb Outhwaite, on: cte dot admissions at warwick dot ac dot uk .

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MA in Professional Education - Individuals

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This is ideal for our NQTs, RQTs and alumni (within the last five years), who will have automatically gained 90 credits by doing their PGCE at The University of Warwick. Current trainees can register their interest to progress onto the MA in Professional Education the following Easter after their PGCE finishes.

The MA in Professional Education enables you to develop an area of expertise and utilise up-to-date educational research to improve your classroom effectiveness. This course is suitable for you if you are in teaching and would like to improve your professional competence or progress into a more senior role. This course can be done entirely online.


  • Develop an area of expertise in education that you are interested in
  • Improve your opportunities for career progression into leadership and senior roles
  • Enables you to use up-to-date educational research to improve your classroom effectiveness
  • Supervised by highly qualified and experienced teachers who have taught in the Primary or Secondary sector
  • Demonstrate research and evidence informed teaching
  • Tailor teaching to learning needs through your research
  • Interrogate and question educational theory
  • Understand the nature and significance of your chosen educational issue
  • Improve your professional confidence, critical thinking, writing, and collaboration skills
  • Prepare for a PhD or EdD in education
  • Provides opportunities to link back with subject experts at CTE.
Entry Requirements

To study for this Masters degree course you must hold a UK Bachelors degree with Honours at 2:2 or above, or equivalent level. You will already have a total of 90 CATS points from the University of Warwick PGCE programme (at any phase).

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum score of seven under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.


This course is designed to follow on from the University of Warwick PGCE programme to upgrade it into a full MA in Professional Education. You can choose to take this anytime over the five year period that your 90 CATS points are valid for, but we recommend that you start it within a year or two of your PGCE, as this course is designed to sit alongside a full-time teaching role.

First Module start: April 2019

Summer Term (online)

Foundation Research Methods in Education - 30 CATS

This module in Foundation Research Methods in Education provides the framework for the dissertation stage and it gives you the skills and knowledge to proceed to the next module. It is delivered online by the Centre for Education Studies.

Second Module start: September 2019

12 months (online or on Campus)

Dissertation - 60 CATS points

A dissertation that is individually supervised by a member of academic staff, from the Centre for Teacher Education. Tutorials can be either by Skype, phone or on the Warwick campus.

This course can be done entirely online, if you are living a distance away from the university now. There are three Saturdays on campus (one per term) in the dissertation stage, if you are completing it online then you will have access to powerpoints on Moodle, after these sessions.


Fee structure for the MA in Professional Education to be confirmed.


If you have a question that has not been answered above, please contact cte dot admissions at warwick dot ac dot uk . If you want to apply, please Register your Interest.