Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

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Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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What is an integrated masters?

Our new four-year Integrated Masters in Education (MEdu) (in curriculum enhancement) with Qualified Teacher Status combines undergraduate and masters level study, providing you with the opportunity to develop advanced research skills. It is an ideal way to fund postgraduate study, as student loan funding is available for all four years of your full-time study.

The first two years of the MEdu are taught alongside our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. At the end of the second year, you can continue to progress on the MEdu route as long as you have achieved the necessary grades.

In your third and fourth year, you will study masters level modules that will develop your ability to address complex issues and hone your critical thinking skills. You will also be able to select a curriculum enhancement which will be named on your degree.

The ideal introduction to teaching and academic thinking

Our new MEdu with Qualified Teacher Status builds on the strong reputation of our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. This course will prepare you for the practical demands of primary teaching, informed by critical awareness of current issues and underpinned by your own research. 

You will combine school-based and university-based training, supported by our partnership of quality assured primary, infant, junior, middle and special schools. Graduating with our MEdu with Qualified Teacher Status will put you in an attractive position for career development.

This course aims to:

Rich and varied placements

We’re passionate about preparing you for a rewarding career in teaching. You’ll undertake a placement in a different school during each year of the course. Throughout these placements, experienced teachers will provide ongoing mentor support.

To gain an understanding of the whole primary phase, you’ll build your skills working with different year groups. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a special educational needs setting to allow you to appreciate and respond to the diverse needs of children.

Our dedicated Placement Unit will help you to find the right settings and opportunities, drawing on our partnerships with around 400 schools across the region.

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Curriculum enhancement

You’ll have the opportunity to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations. At the beginning of your studies, you will gain a broad foundation of knowledge and as the course progress, you will be able to select a curriculum enhancement. Possible options may include English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, Humanities, Creative Arts, Primary Foreign Languages, SEND and Physical Activity. You will also conduct a masters level dissertation where you will research an area of your own interest in depth.

In the fourth year, the Curriculum Leadership and Management module builds on your stage three curriculum enhancement. You’ll develop your subject specialism further and focus on subject and curriculum leadership.

Learning beyond the classroom

Our students have undertaken fieldtrips to places as diverse as multi-faith centres, Elvaston Castle and the Thornton’s Factory, for example. You may also have the opportunity to visit schools in other countries.

Social justice lies at the heart of the course so we encourage our students to give something back to the local community. You’ll be able to take part in community projects working with children and staff in settings such as charities, galleries, museums and schools.

You can also get involved to our annual Charity Week, working with your fellow students to raise money for good causes. In 2016, we collected an impressive £9,500 for Barnardo’s.

A welcoming community

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of guidance and encouragement. Our approachable teaching team are dedicated and passionate about their subjects. You’ll be taught by influential researchers and published authors whose work is helping to shape the future of the teaching profession. Visiting specialists will also deliver thought-provoking guest lectures.

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Professional Practice 1
  • Child Development
  • Mathematics and English: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
  • Science and Computing: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
  • Wider Curriculum: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
  • Keeping Safe
  • Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Mathematics and English: Progressing Learning and Teaching
  • Science and Computing: Progressing Learning and Teaching
  • Wider Curriculum: Progressing Learning and Teaching
  • Diversity Matters
  • Educational Settings
  • Research Methods for Teacher Inquiry
  • Professional Practice 3
  • Curriculum Enhancement*
  • English, Mathematics and Science: Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
  • Professional Accountability
  • Educational Debates (masters level)
  • Research Perspectives for Teacher Inquiry (masters level)
  • Optional module – choose from:
    • Conditions for Learning
    • Inclusion: Making a Difference
    • Curriculum Design

*possible enhancements are likely to include: Creative Arts, English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, SEND, Primary Foreign Languages, Physical Activity and Humanities.

  • Curriculum Leadership and Management (masters level)
  • Teacher Inquiry (masters level)


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

You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, and creative partners. School placements are a vital part of your development, and you’ll also have the opportunity to broaden your experiences through museum visits, overseas school visits, and visits to special educational needs settings, early years and Key Stage 3 settings.

Work placements

During the course, you'll spend approximately 36 weeks on placement in a number of different schools. This will include a mixture of placements from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) through to the end of Key Stage 2. You will also complete a placement in a special educational needs setting to help build your skills when working with diverse groups. 

How you're assessed

There are no exams, so you’ll be assessed through essays, personal reflections, presentations, posters, reports, tests, and audits. During the first three years of the course, you will undertake an assessed placement. In your final year, your placement will not be assessed.

MEdy Primary Education student Vanti Rabidia

Since joining the course, we have been presented with so many amazing opportunities like trips, societies and clubs and my placements have been an amazing opportunity to get a feel for my future lifestyle.

Vanti Rabidia
MEdu Primary Education student
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Outdoor Learning Space

Learn how to apply education in an outdoor setting, using nature to improve the personal, social and technical skills of children.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

Five GCSEs at Grade C (or Grade 4) or above, including Maths, English Language and a Science (there are currently a range of equivalences which can be accepted. Please contact our Admissions team if you need clarification).

IELTS7.0 (with 6.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Alternative entry qualifications

Only 24 points will be taken from A-level General Studies if this is used as the third A-level qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Additional requirements

A Prohibition List check will automaticially be carried our after we have received a Firm acceptance of an offer. 

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required. 

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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When you graduate, you'll be ready to teach in a primary school. As a newly qualified teacher (NQT) with an integrated masters degree, you will be prepared for future leadership roles - the insights into curriculum management gained on the course will position you to take responsibility for subject areas early in your career.

Our NQTs are highly regarded in the education sector and many of our graduates go on to secure jobs in schools where they undertook their placements.

You will also benefit from our continued support as you begin your career. We offer our NQTs a range of resources, subject updates, events, conferences and development opportunities to aid your transition into professional practice.

You may also wish to continue your studies on our Doctor of Education.

Programme leader

Duncan Anderson

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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