Postgraduate Course

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£3,990 (2023/24)

International fee

£3,990 (2023/24)

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

September, January, May



Please note that due to the popularity of this online course we urge you to apply early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

The International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) programme is designed to support educators who are currently in practice outside the UK. This level 7 (Masters Level) course develops practical teaching skills, while deepening your critical awareness of education in rapidly changing global contexts.

The iPGCE gives a grounding in contemporary pedagogy, while providing challenge and deeper critical perspectives for established professionals. Wherever you are in your career, the iPGCE can support your professional development and help you to move forward. If you continue onto a Masters programme, such as our online MA Education, credits gained on the iPGCE will count towards that further qualification.

This programme is designed to be completed alongside full-time employment as a teacher. It allows you to engage flexibly at times to suit you, so you can work round your ongoing professional commitments. Unlike many other qualifications, the iPGCE does not rely upon active support or involvement from other staff or management in your setting and can be completed successfully whatever educational system or curricular framework you teach within.

By studying this postgraduate qualification, you will be gaining valuable knowledge relevant to all subjects and curricula, encouraging you to consider new ways of understanding teaching, learning and education in an international context.

Please note: Teaching qualifications are recognised differently in national contexts, jurisdictions and educational sectors around the world. You should make yourself aware of the requirements in your specific national context and sector. (If you are looking for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recognised within the UK (subject to current probationary conditions), you may wish to consider our online International QTS programme.)

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Gain a global perspective on education

Learning online allows you to connect with practitioners across the world, enabling you to reflect on education on a global scale as well as seeing how different methods of teaching are applied in diverse international contexts. This rounded view can help inform your own practice.

Learn from tutors who have worldwide experience in teaching

Be inspired and soak up the experience of our tutors who have a wealth of global experience.

Study at an institution with an excellent reputation in education

We provide high quality teacher education, as reflected in our awards of OFSTED Outstanding in Primary and Further Education phases. OFSTED is a government assessment body in the UK.

This, coupled with University of Derby Online Learning’s (UDOL) reputation in online learning design and student support, means that this programme will offer a high-quality experience to learners.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

To complete the International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) you will need to complete a total of 60 credits by studying three 20 credit modules.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

There will be 1/2 virtual classrooms over the 10 week trimester and if you are unable to attend you will be able to download the session to view in your own time.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Who will teach you

Andy Bloor
Programme leader

Andy Bloor is a Senior Lecturer in International Education and Programme Lead for the iPGCE and iQTS programmes. His fields of interest are around International and Comparative Education and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.

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Get a taste of the course content

Our International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Entry requirements

You will require:

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

For the January and May 2024 intakes, we are accepting Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum score of 120 or above and a minimum score of 120 in each area (a minimum score of 105 may be acceptable in one area). Applicants with the Duolingo English Test will be invited for a short interview (held virtually) before it can be formally accepted for your English Language requirement.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 for new entrants

Starting between September 2023 and August 2024.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,330 £3,990

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,330 £3,990

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this will be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from two payment plan options:

*Please note: the discount for paying your fees up front will only be available to students enrolling for eligible online studies between August 2023 and July 2024 and will not be available for the September 2024 intake onwards.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


The iPGCE is a highly respected qualification that boosts the professional status, and transforms the practice of teachers all over the world. Equivalent to the academic content of a UK PGCE, it is applicable across the global diversity of education sectors. Whether you are a Kindergarten teacher in Kuala Lumpur, an English teacher in Lagos, or teach advanced Mathematics in Mexico, an iPGCE can help you do what you do even better.

The iPGCE can help progress your career, giving you the knowledge and confidence to enter school leadership, subject coordinator or pastoral roles. Equally, critical awareness of the differences as well as common principles in global education gives you the versatility to make new career choices, responding flexibly to a changing world.

Upon completing this course, you may wish to go on to a full Masters award such as our online MA Education which offers specialist pathways in Leadership and Management or TESOL. Credits gained on the iPGCE will count towards your Masters at Derby, considerably reducing the time and cost involved.

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