Bilingualism in Education

MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate

Start date
MEd – 3 years PT; PGDip – 2 years PT; PGCert – 1 year PT
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

£2,625 PGCert/PGDip (Home/EU)
£3,083 MEd (Home/EU)
£6,150 (Overseas)

The Bilingualism in Education is a part-time distance learning programme, aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

Delivered in partnership with our Bilingualism in Education programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language.

The programme aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language
  • Increase knowledge and practices of working across a diversity of cultures
  • Improve classroom practice in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum, taking into account the needs of bilingual learners
  • Enable students to develop more effective practices with bilingual learners with alleged special educational needs
  • Enable students to participate in, and evaluate interpersonal intervention with bilingual children with language learning and learning needs  

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First Year Modules

Introduction to Bilingualism in Education

Academic Language and Learning for Bilingual Learners

Teaching and Learning in EAL 

Second Year Modules

For the first module in the second year students can choose from either ‘Bilingualism and Special Needs’, or ‘Portfolio of Practice’. The second module in the second year is ‘Management and Leadership in EAL’.

Bilingualism and Special Needs 


Portfolio of Practice

Management and Leadership in EAL

Those completing the PGDip do a school based study in term 6 and those following an MEd complete a research module in preparation for their dissertation.


Fees 2020 - 2021 NASSEA funded students


  • Code 6371 PGCert £2,625
  • Code 6370 PGDip £2,625
  • Code 6369 MEd £3,083


  • Code 6371 PGCert £6,150
  • Code 6370 PGDip £6,150
  • Code 6369 MEd £6,150

Learn more about fees and funding

Fees for distance learning programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year. The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2020. 

For further information contact the School directly or contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships and Loans

The University of Birmingham is offering up to 200 awards of £2,000 through its  Masters Scholarship Scheme to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2020-21.

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK provides up to £11,222 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2020 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas and this includes Distance Learning. 

Other scholarships may be available, please view the  Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the  international scholarships page.

For further information contact the School directly or visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via  online enquiries. 

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

Applicants are required to have a first degree in a related field such as education, development or policy but individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds are considered.

A clearly demonstrated interest in education is important and whilst some teaching experience is an advantage, it is not an essential requirement for entry. However, it is essential to have professional access to working with learners with English as an additional or second language for the duration of the programme.  

English language requirements

Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English language support - during your studies

Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.  

International Requirements

You will have a personal tutor in a regional tutor group, which meets on a regular basis. Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone and email contact which will allow students to learn with each other. 

The MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Bilingualism in Education is ideal for graduates who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum across a diversity of cultures.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. These include: teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators and head teachers at international schools and managers of community and charitable organisations.


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