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Note that this course is delivered by the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.

The Faculty of Education's PPD programme can be used as part of a progression route to the University of Cambridge part-time Master's (MEd) or the EdD. The programme offers the opportunity to gain highly regarded qualifications which enable recently qualified or experienced practitioners, curriculum leaders and senior managers to update and upgrade their skills, advance their careers and support development of practice in schools.

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Groups of teachers from one or more schools may wish to work collaboratively on a development project. Those teachers who wish to write up their work in a way that addresses the criteria of the PPD awards may register for the programme and work with a supervisor to achieve a PPD award.

Please note that PPD students are members of the Faculty of Education with access to all Faculty services such as library membership and IT support. Successful completion of the PPD programme entitles students to a University of Cambridge award. Students do not though, have College membership, nor therefore pay a College fee. Use of some central University facilities may be restricted (for example sports clubs).

Who is the course designed for?

The programme offers academic study that is practice-focused and professionally relevant. It is aimed at professionals working with children and young people in schools and other settings. It attracts a large number of teachers but also attracts others who may not have QTS but who contribute to the education and development of young people.


Participants work with a supervisor to design and undertake a small scale project aimed at researching or developing practice. Some opt to work with others in a small research community or development group and others opt to work more independently with a supervisor. Central to the programme is a belief in the importance of empowering teachers to link effectively theory, research and practice.

As part of the Faculty's commitment to ensuring that the PPD courses meet the demand that good practice should be 'evidence based' they include an introduction to research methods, designed to support PPD enquiry into classroom and school based topics.

The course is online, so no attendance is required, and you will have a supervisor to work with you on this aspect of your research. The course will be tailored to meet your research needs and the materials, which include video interviews with internationally renowned Cambridge researchers, are both accessible and comprehensive.


Essay: 16,000 words


If you continue to the Faculty of Education's Master's programme, you will at that point be admitted to the central University, through the college system, as a full member of the University, with fees also going to a College.

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Sources of government funding and financial support (including Professional and Career Development Loans):

Visit the PG Dip Educational Studies page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!




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