Department of Education

Postgraduate study

Key facts about Education at Sussex

  • 93% of postgraduate education students were in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)
  • The Centre for International Education is part of Development Studies at Sussex which has been ranked first in the world for five years running (QS World Rankings 2021). The University has been number one for Development Studies for six out of the past seven years. CIE's research has contributed to this ranking. You can share in the success of this area by being a member of this research centre and/or choosing to study on our International Education and Development Masters degree.
  • In 2021, the Department of Education recruited more teacher trainees than ever before. A number of factors are seen to havecontributed to this success: (i) Primary PGCE earned an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED rating the last time the Department was reviewed in 2014 (the pandemic has delayed the follow up) and has seen strong applicant numbers ever since; (ii) The Primary and Early Years BA gained top marks from its student in the last National Student Survey (NSS). Both courses’ innovative approaches to teaching, and the strong engagement they enjoy with their partners, have also contributed to their success; (iii) The Department has a strong reputation with its local school partners because of its very strong ethos about the importance of relationships and deep knowledge of the child.

Find out what types of course we offer


You can gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) through a one-year Masters degree with our Early Years Education MA.  You may also be eligible for a government grant to cover the fees of the course.

The interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Studies MA offers opportunities to study modules across multiple subject area, including anthropology, international development and child rights, sociology, gender studies, sexual health, psychology, media and social work.

If you want to work in teaching, education management, or in education and development contexts, the Education MA is one of the Department's strongest and most popular courses. It can also be taken on a part-time basis for those wishing to continue working while they study.




The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most recognised route for training to be a teacher. It is, however, just one of three routes. Choose from our wide range of PGCEs in primary or secondary education.

School Direct

School Direct ('Training' and 'Salaried' options) is another teacher training route in which you will teach in a school for four days out of five and attend taught sessions at the University one day per week. 

Assessment-only route

You can also gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) via the Assessment-only route if you're already an experienced teacher but not yet qualified.


Doctoral Studies

Join us and work within a research environment recognised for producing world-leading and internationally excellent research (Research Excellence Framework 2014). When you undertake your doctoral studies with us, you will benefit from our innovative, interdisciplinary approach and will collaborate with researchers within the Department of Social Work and Social Care, as well as other subject areas.

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