School of Education

School of Education

School of Education

By choosing the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) for your postgraduate studies, you'll benefit from our teaching which is consistently rated ‘excellent’ by both QAA and Ofsted.

About us

As one of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK, MIE offers opportunities for more than 1000 postgraduate students every year. We also have 65 teaching and research staff with a range of research interests, teaching experience and expertise.

Why Manchester?

Top 5 in the UK for Education Studies (The Times University League Table 2015) One of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK - over 1,000 postgraduate education students choose Manchester every year A lively international student community drawn from educational contexts from all over the world

Your programme

Our postgraduate taught courses involve study in a range of modules that make up each degree.

Your progress is assessed through written assignments which require that your learning is applied to your specific context.

You'll also have the opportunity to carry out training related to research and your dissertation.

Areas of study

Our masters courses attract students from different educational contexts from all over the world, and cover a breadth of areas including:

  • Digital Technologies, Communication and Education MA Education (International)
  • MA Educational Leadership MA Educational Leadership (part time)
  • MA Psychology of Education MEd TESOL
  • MA Intercultural Communication (teaching is shared with The School of Arts Languages and Cultures)

Digital Technologies, Communications and Education, Teaching and Learning and TESOL are also available by distance learning.


We provide a range of services to support you whether you are studying on campus or at distance.

As a students on the postgraduate courses, you will each be assigned a personal tutor who has a special interest in your study.


The structure of our PGCEs includes both school-based and university-based learning. Studying for a PGCE with The University of Manchester means that you will spend the majority (approximately 2/3rds) of your time in a range of schools, academies and colleges on placements. However you will also spend time with University Tutors who work with you both in school and the university supporting both your academic and school based work. The University’s partnership schools are highly committed to giving you the best possible experience whilst you are on your school placements, giving you the opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired from sessions held at the University.

The remaining time will be spent at the University, for example in lectures and seminars, including group-work. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments. A PGCE is a challenging qualification but the reward can be a long and successful career in a highly valued profession.

Areas of study

By choosing to study a PGCE at The University of Manchester, you will benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded University, as well as significant school-based teaching experience. Our PGCEs are taught by leading experts in education and the quality of the teacher training that we deliver, in partnership with schools and colleges, is recognised nationally and internationally.

At The University of Manchester, you will reap the benefits of being better connected. We have established links with over 200 partner schools, academies and colleges, all ?highly committed to providing the best possible learning experience. We use our expertise and experience within the education sector to support all of our students in securing teaching positions, often in our partner schools.

As part of your study you will develop your subject knowledge whilst reflecting upon your practice. You will also be supported to develop your understanding of evidence based teaching whilst carrying out your own enquiry.


Our tutors will provide excellent support ?for both your academic work and personal development. We operate an ‘open door’ tutor policy where appointments are seldom necessary for one-to-one meetings. Our culture of team working and best practice sharing amongst students will provide you with an invaluable support network.

PGCE Student

“A PGCE at The University of Manchester is nothing short of life changing. Professionally, you will develop your existing qualities and learn invaluable skills from peers, colleagues and tutors. However, this course offers something more; you are encouraged to embrace and express your own teaching ethos. Prepare to be challenged, nurtured and inspired to do something more.”

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Key information

Telephone number: 
+44 (0) 161 275 0969