The School of Education offers a rich diversity of opportunity for more than 1,000 postgraduate students in one of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK. The School's 65 teaching and research staff have a broad range of research interests and expertise, both of which are reflected in the postgraduate taught provision.
The School provides over 20 taught postgraduate courses. These have attracted excellent ratings in teaching quality assessments in recent years (including those undertaken by both QAA and OFSTED). The breadth of areas (TESOL, educational technologies and communication, inclusive education, counselling, leadership and school improvement, education with qualified teacher status, profound learning disabilities) covered by the Masters and Diploma courses attracts students from educational contexts worldwide. Some of these are offered by distance learning.
The highly-rated PGCE courses provide high quality teacher training for both Primary and Secondary phases. The taught Masters in Educational Research is recognised by the Economic and Social research Council (ESRC). The Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) is also based within the School, and provides specialist courses in leadership development and organisational learning in the public sector.
The School is well-recognised for the quality of support provided to its students. Lively student communities enrich the study experience; staff have varied experience of teaching and researching worldwide. Students are also well served by excellent university services including the University Library, one of the four principal academic libraries in the UK, which provides a service not only to students on campus but also at distance.