Department of Education

Postgraduate study

Education at Sussex is ranked 7th in the UK according to The Times Good University Guide 2012 and 11th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 85 per cent of our research was rated as internationally recognised or higher. Education was also awarded a very high grade in the latest QAA Review of Education. 

We provide high-quality teacher training via our PGCE courses, and are ranked 3rd in the UK for getting secondary trainees employment in schools (Good Teacher Training Guide 2010).

Teaching within the Department of Education is designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals in teaching and management, as well as those wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relevant areas. Our degrees are grounded in the research activity of members of faculty; recognise and build upon prior knowledge and experience of students; develop professionally relevant knowledge, skills and understanding; and enable our students to acquire further qualifications to enhance their career prospects.

We offer innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research with social work. Education faculty research interests also intersect with anthropology, development studies, gender studies, international relations and sociology.

For details of our postgraduate taught and research degrees, refer to our Postgraduate Prospectus.

See video made by postgraduate student, Viktor Sossin, on his impressions of his first term on the Postgraduate Diploma in International Teacher Education.


For admissions information on any of the above courses, contact the Research & Enterprise Coordinator:
T +44 (0)1273 678464

For more information about research training and funding opportunities, refer to:

The University of Sussex pioneered the model of in-school teacher training via its PGCE courses. Today, Sussex remains one of the best universities in the country to study Education and to train to be a teacher (ranked 7th in the UK for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2012 and 3rd in the UK for getting secondary trainees employed by schools in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2010).

The Department of Education offers PGCE courses for both Primary 7-14 and Secondary 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. More details about Initial Teacher Education courses.

The Education MA is aimed at education professionals and students interested in education in both UK and global contexts and will enable you to develop your understanding of a broad range of issues and theoretical perspectives on practice and policy.
Course Leaders: Dr Julia Sutherland 

Trainee teachers studying the Early Years in Education MA graduate - after just one year - with a Masters degree and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The latter qualifies you to work with children from birth to five years old (including Reception) in the public and private sectors. Because the course is currently (2016) fully funded by the Government, there is no charge to UK/EU students.
Course Leader: Dr Rebecca Webb

The International Education and Development MA is a well-established, internationally regarded one year Master’s degree which will enable you to link theory with research, policy and practice, and to critically engage with the educational challenges of low and middle-income countries. Students are able to pursue specialist interests through project work supported by individual tutorials. Academic study skills are offered throughout the course to help you engage critically with course material.
Course Leader: Dr Naureen Durrani

The interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Studies MA draws on the distinctive research and teaching strengths of the School, and is designed for those with a research, policy and professional management or practice interest in the field of childhood and youth studies. Personalised ‘pathways’ can be followed to specialise in subjects such as anthropology, education, law, psychology, social work and sociology. This course has an international outlook and enables you to explore the very latest theories, methods and creative approaches in relation to work with children and young people.
Course Leader: Dr Kristine Hickle

The International Teacher Education Postgraduate Diploma is designed for international students with a teaching qualification who wish to develop their critical thinking capacities and professional skill set. It focuses primarily on a) those interested in teaching in schools, and b) those interested in the teacher education of those teaching in schools. The course enables students to develop their understanding of a broad range of educational issues and theoretical perspectives - locally within the UK, as well as internationally.
Course Leader: Dr Mariam Attia

We offer innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research alongside social work and other disciplines – our students’ backgrounds often intersect with other disciplines such as anthropology, development studies, gender studies, and sociology.

The Department of Education, within the School of Education and Social Work, is justifiably proud of its research profile and wide-ranging research activity which informs practice and policy. Our researchers engage with a wealth of current and cutting edge issues, both nationally and internationally. We warmly welcome postgraduates, doctoral researchers and other scholars to a vibrant research community where research informs teaching, as well as research debates.

Our research degrees aim to support candidates in the development of their research skills and to conduct a substantial piece of research. Doctoral researchers also benefit from training offered by the Sussex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the Doctoral School.

Doctoral research within the School of Education and Social Work is grounded in the research activity of its faculty and the expertise within the School’s four research centres:

Every year, our School hosts a wide ranging programme of seminars in which our research is presented, along with that of affiliate universities researching similar themes. Research outputs from the Department of Education are available to view on Sussex Research Online.

With the Department of Education you can study on the flexible, popular and prestigious Education PhD (full- or part-time) which offers alternative pathways and modes of study to suit your circumstances. Our PhD researchers come from a wide variety of countries, educational settings and professional backgrounds providing an important additional facet to your learning experience.

We offer innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research alongside social work and other disciplines – our students’ backgrounds often intersect with disciplines such as anthropology, development studies, gender studies, and sociology.

The School of Education and Social Work prides itself on its academic staff's expertise in the study of childhood and youth in both the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care.

We welcome applications to our Childhood and Youth Studies MA course from candidates who are keen to pursue a broad, challenging and rewarding degree. Local and international students are welcomed, the participatory nature of this course providing opportunities to share and develop interests in working with children and young people in a broad range of environments and contents. This degree prepares graduates for a diverse range of careers, or for further study.

The Department of Education offers high-quality teacher training via its PGCE courses and routes to qualified teacher status (QTS) and are proud to rank 3rd in the UK for getting secondary trainees employment in schools (Good Teacher Training Guide 2010). Our Primary PGCE course was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2013/14.

We have always prided ourselves on our partnerships with schools, local education authorities and other universities. We pioneered - and are still developing and strengthening - the practice of school-based teacher training through a consortium of partnership schools.

PGCE subjects currently available for study are:

Trainee teachers studying the Early Years in Education MA graduate - after just one year - with a Masters degree and Early Years Teacher Status. The latter qualifies you to work with children from birth to five years old (including Reception) in the public and private sectors. Because the course is currently (2016) fully funded by the Government body responsible for Early Years Initial Teacher Education, there is no charge to UK/EU students.
Course Leader: Dr Rebecca Webb

For details of alternative teacher training courses, see our Initial Teacher Education pages

For admissions information on all the above courses, contact iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk