Department of Education

Postgraduate study

Key facts about Education at Sussex

  • Education at Sussex is currently ranked in 18th place among 89 Higher Education institutions nationally, according to The Complete University Guide 2024. 
  • 93% of our graduating cohort of 2021/22 secured Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • The Centre for International Education is part of Development Studies at Sussex which has been ranked #1 in the world by the QS World University Rankings for seven years in a row (as at 2023).
  • The Department's research is internationally recognised. For the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, Education submissions were judged to be 57% world leading, and research impact 100% “outstanding”.
  • Following a delayed Ofsted inspection in 2023 (the previous inspection was in 2014), our Early Years Initial Teacher Education provision was ranked “outstanding” in all areas. Both Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education were ranked “good” overall, with an “outstanding” ranking for Leadership & Management in Secondary specifically.

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. 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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