John O’Regan (MSc Learning and Teaching)

Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

I was, and still am, teaching full time in an Oxfordshire secondary school. The MSc Learning and Teaching is part time, as it is designed to allow teachers to combine their studies in the Department with their work in school.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education?

There is a real depth of knowledge within the Department that can be tapped in to when needed. The department is also very friendly yet professional, with a well resourced library and very helpful staff!

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

The key was it allowed me to combine studying for the MSc while still working full time. Also the strong reputation of the department was a big factor in wanting to study at Oxford.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

You have to be very organised and resourceful. The part time nature of the course means there is a lot of independent study and deadlines which tend to creep up on you!

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

As I said above, there is a very friendly yet professional feel to the Department. The resources are fantastic, particularly the online resources. The lectures and seminars are very well planned and all the staff encourages participation and engagement.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

To remain in teaching but perhaps move into senior management, or if the opportunity came up further academic study.

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

Be prepared for cans of worms to be opened which have forced me to re-evaluate everything I thought I knew about teaching!

Page last modified: March 8, 2014

Programme of study


MSc Learning & Teaching