Courses

University Route (PGDipEd)

The PGDipEd University route courses, is delivered in partnerships with selected schools in the region. We are one of the few universities that awards the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) which leads to QTS and offers the equivalent of 120 credits, at Masters level. This route combines all the practical advantages of school-based work with the experience and expertise of a team of university staff who specialise in initial teacher training. On satisfactory completion of their teacher training course and a successful induction year in school, student teachers may return to complete a 60-credit dissertation part-time and gain an MA in Teaching Studies.

Currently the PGDipEd is available in the following subjects:

Primary

Secondary

School Direct

School Direct is available through partnerships within schools. You will work as part of the teaching team from day one and will learn from experienced colleagues in the school, whilst also benefiting from the training, support and expertise of University of Birmingham tutors. You pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham and may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. 

We offer the PGCE for Primary and the PGDipEd for Secondary through our School Direct route. Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. 

School Direct Salaried route

The School Direct (salaried) route is normally for graduates with sufficient teaching experience in school to undertake up to ten hours per week of unsupervised teaching during the training year. Students are employees of their schools and are paid a salary. We currently offer the PGCE in both Primary and Secondary education. Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. 

University of Birmingham Dubai  

The School of Education offers PGCE teacher training courses in both Primary and Secondary education at its campus in Dubai. The teacher training programmes are based on both the UK and UAE standards and haves been approved by KHDA. School-based experiences are a central part of this programme which also features a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop classroom skills. 

Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership MEd Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

The part-time MEd Educational Leadership programme provides a distinctive, evidence-focused programme which builds on the National Professional Qualifications and develops capacity for leadership and expert practice in schools. 

MEd Educational Leadership

The part-time MEd Educational Leadership programme is designed for those aiming to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning and school improvement. It provides an alternative route for those who do not wish to undertake the Educational Leadership apprenticeship.

Doctoral research training

There are two taught doctoral programmes within the school which comprise of taught modules and a research thesis as well as the cross college Integrated Study (Social Sciences) PhD. Alternatively you can undertake a research degree by thesis. All offer part-time study as an option. 

Visit the Postgraduate Research pages to find out more about applying. 

The University School

The University school and Sixth Form is located near to the university. It is one of the first "University Training Schools" in the country offering a unique enhancement to activity within the School of Education.