Study Opportunities

This overview provides information for practitioners interested in studying in the area of visual impairment and education at the University of Birmingham.

Professional Development

Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma

This two-year programme is open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, seeking the Mandatory Qualification (MQ) for specialist teachers of children with visual impairment. It is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people with visual impairment who are not seeking the MQ.

Research Degrees

Over the last four decades extensive research into the educational aspects of visual impairment has been conducted in the School of Education. The School of Education offers opportunities to teachers and other professionals concerned with the education of children, young people and adults with visual impairment, to join a rich research environment by studying for the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Applicants for a research degree focusing on visual impairment should first identify their research interests and they are also encouraged to discuss their planned study with Professor Graeme Douglas on +44 (0)121 414 6736 or by email to:

Further details about general research opportunities at the School of Education are available by viewing the Postgraduate Research page. Alternatively contact:

Helen Joinson
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4847