Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies

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Postgraduate, Taught

Do you have at least 60 masters level credits from Initial Teacher Education programme? Unsure what to do next but keen to make use of the credits, engage in professional development, and perhaps progress to a Masters?

Consider the part time PGDip Teaching Studies course at the University of Birmingham which provides a distinctive, research and practice focused programme to develop your educational based knowledge, understanding and skills.  

  • Successful completion will allow you to progress onto the MA in Teaching Studies 
  • The modules will be delivered through a blended learning format which includes a combination of online and distance learning, and face-to-face sessions. 
  • Assignments can be tailored by you to suit your particular interests and career and professional development needs 

The three modules on the PGDip Teaching Studies programme will allow you to identify and investigate aspects of professional practice as qualified teachers with the aim of improving that practice. The course normally runs as a one year programme and commences in September and ends in July.

The School of Education also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.


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.


Please contact the school for details of the fees.

Fees can be paid making a single payment; applying to pay in instalments by Direct Debit; or by providing sponsor details as part of the registration process. 

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Our Standard Requirements

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies you will need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with 60 masters level credits. 


International Requirements

The modules on the PGDip Teaching Studies programme will be delivered through a blended learning format which includes a combination of online and distance learning, and face-to-face sessions. Content includes research methods and research ethics, which support the development of research-based knowledge, understanding and skills and equip students to undertake research in practice. 

Each module has a 4000-word assignment and includes the integration of research, policy, review and professional practice. Assignments can be tailoredby you to suit your particular interests and career and professional development needs, depending on your setting, phase, specialism, role and experience. 

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