Postgraduate programmes in Education

This Postgraduate Virtual Applicant Open Day will be a great opportunity for applicants and offer holders to ask any questions about your postgraduate programme in the School of Education and how to prepare for your course.

You will be able to take part in our live Q&A session with Frances Child (Head of the Department of Teacher Education), Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi (joint programme co-ordinator for the Teachers of Children with Hearing impairment) and Dr Paul Lynch (Lead tutor on the MA International Studies in Education and MA Management of Special Education in Developing Countries) to find out more about the postgraduate experience at the University of Birmingham between 14:00-16:00.

If you missed our Postgraduate Applicant Evening, you will also be able to watch videos from the event and find out some tips on how to make the most of your time at Birmingham.

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy.

  • Taught Masters and Professional Development Programmes: (also know as CPD) in the School of Education offer you an opportunity to participate in a distinctive range of courses across a variety of fields of study which are all linked to the research interests of members of staff.
  • Initial Teacher Education Courses: We have a long tradition of providing high quality teacher training courses in Primary and Secondary education at the University of Birmingham. We offer two routes into teaching, the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) and School Direct.
  • Postgraduate Research Degrees: The School of Education has national and international standing as a centre of excellence for research in education. The School provides wide and varied opportunities to undertake research programmes (Masters level research programmes, Taught doctoral programmes, Research degree by thesis) on a full or part-time basis that will support the growth of research skills and build on subject knowledge

A number of our postgraduate mentors are currently studying, or have studied at the School of Education. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the School.

More information about the School of Education

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Speaker profiles

  • Frances Child

    Frances is Frances is Head of the Department of Teacher Education. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi

    Emmanouela is a Lecturer in Deaf Education. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Dr Paul Lynch

    Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate programmes in Education live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Sri asked:

I’m enrolled for 2017-2018 PGCE. WHEN SHould I expect the start date for the programme and the deadline for fees?

Elizabeth Kirsch replied:

Hi Sri,

Congratulations on your offer to train to teach. You will be sent pre-course materials in the summer so that you have all the information you need for starting in September.

If you would like to know the start date for your specific programme, please contact or (depending on the pathway you are doing).

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Birmingham in September.

Best wishes,



James asked:

Can we expect to receive further information regarding the course, school dates, location of placement school in the coming weeks?

Elizabeth Kirsch replied:

Hi James,

Yes you will receive any pre-course materials a few weeks ahead of your course from the programme administrator.

If you have any further questions, please do let me know.

Best wishes,


Lara asked:

Are the placements for primary education only in birmingham or could they be in the rest of the West Midlands like Wolverhampton or Dudley?

Elizabeth Kirsch replied:

Hi Lara,


Placements are across the West Midlands, but the majority are in Birmingham.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Best wishes,



Lara asked:

For PGDipEd Primary are the placements solely in Birmingham or could they be across the West Midlands like Wolverhampton?

Elizabeth Kirsch replied:

Hi Lara,

Thank you for your question. Placements are across the West Midlands, but the majority are in Birmingham.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Kirsch