Education postgraduate courses

Current, relevant and intellectually challenging, our postgraduate courses in education are specifically designed to enhance your personal and professional development in areas including childhood, inclusion and SEND, careers coaching and educational leadership. Your learning will be underpinned by innovative ideas which are changing the face of the education profession today.

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our experienced tutors and researchers have expertise across all educational spheres, regularly publish their work and undertake consultancy for government, schools and the wider education sector. They will keep you abreast of latest thinking, challenge your perceptions and support your progress.

If you are looking for a flexible study option, you can choose to study selected masters programmes part-time, 100% online. Our online learning degrees allow you to plan your study time around existing work or personal commitments. You’ll be fully supported by our expert tutors and online learner advisors while studying in a structured, interactive online environment.

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Career opportunities

By studying a postgraduate Education course at the University of Derby you will well positioned to enter into a number of careers in this exciting, fast-paced sector.

  • Children and Young People's services positions 
  • Head teacher
  • Nursery manager
  • Disability co-ordinator
  • SEND co-ordinator
  • Careers advisor 
  • Advanced skills teacher 
  • Early years practitioner
  • Play worker
  • Child and adolescent support worker
  • Family support worker
  • Youth and community development
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Child and family social care
  • Teaching
  • Charity sector roles
MA Education student

My tutors were extremely approachable and knowledgeable; all of them are absolute experts in the field and helped me to consistently achieve my goals.

Karin Krummenacher
MA Education student

Our research

Research output in the Institute of Education focuses on international education, including global perspectives of childhood, career guidance through the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) and publication of core texts on contemporary issues and comparative education.

Inclusion and SEND is a key theme of the Institute of Education and there is established work around children’s play spaces and learning analytics. Our students engage with and present practitioner research across all sectors of education, childhood and training.

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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Postgraduate prospectus

Explore your digital postgraduate prospectus and find out what you need to know about studying with us. When you sign up, tell us what you're interested in and we'll send you a link to information put together just for you.

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Live Virtual Postgraduate Open Day

Join us at our Live Virtual Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday 15 May, 10am to 12pm. The event will give you the opportunity to discover more about the course you are interested in, fees and finance, careers support and much more.

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