Admissions criteria

Candidates applying for the MSc Learning & Teaching should meet the following specific admissions criteria:

  • Applicants should hold Qualified Teacher Status in the United Kingdom or an equivalent UK or overseas award recognised by the Departmental Board
  • Applicants must be employed in a teaching post within a school or other educational setting.

Dependent on their qualification, students will be admitted to either the two-year programme or the three-year programme.  In order to qualify for the two-year programme, applicants should satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • Those candidates who have, since October 2007, successfully completed the course leading to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford (i.e. the Postgraduate Certificate of Education examined at Masters level).
  • Those candidates who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at another University, assessed at Masters level and including an award equivalent to at least one third of a full Masters degree.
  • Those candidates who have successfully completed the course leading to Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies from the University of Oxford.

Decisions on routes through the course are made by the Course Director when applications are reviewed.

Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s proven and potential academic excellence. Along with the specific criteria listed above, applicants will also normally meet the standard criteria:

  • All applicants are normally expected to have achieved a good Honours degree (normally 2.1 or equivalent international qualifications, such as a GPA of at least 3.6/4.0) in a relevant subject. Applicants must submit full details of qualifications (transcripts, certificates or diplomas).
  • Whilst entry is highly competitive, each application is considered on an individual basis, ensuring that candidates are well-matched to their chosen course and have the ability and potential to benefit from the course.
  • Positive professional and academic references, supporting the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement and motivation.
  • A statement of purpose, explaining the reasons for applying to the programme and highlighting relevant academic and professional experience.
  • Performance at interview(s) that are normally held as part of the admissions process.
  • Work and professional experience in a relevant area.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

The following factors govern whether candidates are offered a place:

  • The ability of the department to provide the appropriate supervision, research opportunities, teaching and facilities for the student’s chosen area of work.
  • Limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted onto the department’s research and taught programmes.
  • Appropriate supervision may not be available for a particular area of academic study.
  • Well-qualified candidates may not be offered a place because other candidates have been judged to have greater academic ability.

Equal opportunity is promoted at every stage of the application procedure. Funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to offer a place. It is not normally possible to defer an offer of a place, and any decision to reapply will lead to a full reassessment, with decisions made in relation to the new competitive field.

Graduate supervision is the responsibility of the department as a whole and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.

It should also be noted that acceptance gives no guarantee of final success, and that all courses require the student to develop their learning and skills.

Page last modified: September 1, 2017