Our Courses

For more information about our courses, including how to apply and funding opportunities, please see the individual course pages.

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil / PhD)

The DPhil in Education is a full-time programme which takes 3-4 years and which is intended to provide graduates with a wide range of research skills as well as in-depth knowledge, understanding and expertise in their chosen field of research. About 80 DPhil students are attached to the department, researching a wide range of topics, normally linked to one or more of the Department Research Groups. Students come from over 40 different countries and are supported by a variety of scholarships and grants. Entry is highly competitive, and applicants are required to have a strong academic background and to submit a research proposal.

The Department has about 80 DPhil students with very diverse backgrounds and nationalities; undertaking research linked to the department’s research groups.  The DPhil in Education is an advanced research degree of a high standing and is awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination.


MSc by coursework degrees in:

MSc Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field which mediates between the theory of language and the practice of language learning. It is also an overarching field that includes Second Language Acquisition (SLA), and as such, can shed light on the teaching and learning of a second or foreign language.


MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT)

This 2-year part-time course, taught mainly by distance, is for experienced teachers of English who want to improve their knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching English language in university settings.  Whether you are preparing students for university studies in an English-speaking institution, instructing students in arts, science or social science subjects so that they can access literature in English in their discipline, or hoping to move to teaching in one of the many university settings worldwide where English is important, this course aims to provide a stimulating environment in which you can broaden your knowledge, deepen your understanding and sharpen your skills in contact with current research in applied linguistics.


MSc Education

The MSc Education degree is a one year full-time degree which aims to provide  a grounding in educational research methods and theoretical and methodological understanding of the field of education through one of the five specialist routes:

MSc Educational Assessment (part-time)

This new two-year part-time MSc programme has been introduced at a time when high quality educational assessment is recognised as a core element of a strong education system. The aim of the course is to provide researchers and professionals with the skills to develop and improve educational assessments in their own settings.


MSc Learning and Teaching (a part-time course for serving teachers)

This is a part-time MSc programme for qualified teachers who are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding and practice. It has been developed in partnership with local schools and authority advisors. The focus is on learning and teaching in schools (or other educational settings, as appropriate), and the programme is rooted in participants’ own practice.


MSc Teacher Education (Mathematics and Science)

This part-time MSc programme is a pioneering Masters course in Teacher Education, bringing together teacher educators in the UK, EU and internationally. The course offers significant, innovative and sustained education for new and experienced teacher educators.


Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate courses

Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This 2 year part-time professional degree programme is intended for experienced academics working in the collegiate University who wish to enrich their understanding of student learning, improve their own teaching practice, and develop ideas for educational enhancement.


Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

The Oxford Internship Scheme, as our PGCE programme is known, involves a close partnership between the university department and local comprehensive schools. This enables all aspects of the course to be planned, carried out and evaluated jointly by university and school staff. This partnership results in a course which integrates work in the university and in school throughout the year.

We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community since we believe it is vital that the teaching profession fully reflects our diverse and pluralistic society.


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