Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)


The Department of Education at the University of Sussex has a history of innovation in terms of developing its type and range of teaching courses. We offer courses in three main areas:


The BA in Primary and Early Years Education is studied over a three year period and focuses on the learning and wellbeing of primary and early years children – ideal preparation for postgraduate training and career in schools or early years settings.

Teaching is by experts, and there are regular opportunities for professional placements to help you gain a solid understanding of significant issues in education across a range of contexts, environments and age phases.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Under the umbrella of ITE, the Department of Education's Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) courses are designed for future teachers who want full-time, flexible training. There are PGCE courses for both Primary (7-14) and Secondary (11-19) contexts, as well as study routes to qualified teacher status (QTS) including School Direct and the Assessment-only route to QTS. We also run Subject Knowledge Enhancement modules free of charge for those needing a boost to their specialist subject knowledge prior to starting a PGCE course at Sussex.

Postgraduate taught

The MA in Education is an innovative, flexible course comprising a significant research component and designed for education professionals and students interested in the field of education. The course enables you to develop your understanding of a broad range of educational issues and theoretical perspectives on practice and policy in both UK and global contexts. The course can be studied full or part-time.

Postgraduate Diploma in International Teacher Education

Aimed at subject and senior teachers from secondary school contexts, school leaders, and teacher educators from Higher Education Institutions.
If you are a UK national, or your English language levels are of a sufficiently high standard to enable you to undertake supervised teaching in an English secondary school straight away, you will undertake this course over a 10 month duration. If English is not your first language and needs enhancement, you will need to undertake an additional English language course over a six month period before commencing study on the Postgraduate Diploma course.

The main focus of this course is pedagogy, curriculum and leadership in schools catering for children across the 7-18 age range, and the combination of academic and professional study. The course comprises (i) professional learning on placement at a local partnership school supervised by an experienced teacher mentor, and (ii) input from teacher education experts. You will also benefit from collaborative conferences hosted by Sussex-based faculty and experienced teachers.

Through lectures, workshops and hands-on learning, you will be stimulated by developmental opportunities designed to deepen your understanding of education to improve the quality of your teaching.

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Teacher Education will have earned 120 credits towards the MA in Education course (as detailed above).

Postgraduate research

  • The PhD in Education provides you with the support and resources necessary to complete an original and substantial piece of research, usually with a significant empirical component. You will normally be required to take modules offered within the MSc in Social Research Methods (+3 PhD), or to complete the MSc as the first year of the 1+3 PhD. The MSc modules are supplemented by education-specific inputs, including individual tutorial support, research-student seminars to discuss work in progress, open research seminars, and student self-support groups.