Professional Development in Education

  • Education
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date Flexible monthly start dates


We offer a range of highly flexible continuing professional development options including study towards a variety of postgraduate awards or purely for professional interest.

The Professional Development in Education route is recommended if you

  • are interested in a particular module but are not intending to study for a Masters qualification
  • don’t wish to commit to a Masters’ programme at the outset but would like to accumulate credits towards a qualification should you decide to take further modules in future

Our modules are taught at postgraduate level and cater for students with a specific interest in an area of professional practice, or those who require development at a particular stage of their career (e.g. as a newly qualified teacher or mentor).  We also offer a module for groups of professionals who wish to collaborate on a project.

The modules are accredited so you have the option to build up credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the MA Education. A Certificate of Advanced Study may be awarded upon completion of a single 30-credit module.

Search our wide range of modules here.

Programme structure

Search our wide range of modules here.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Depending on the modules you choose, the following options are available:

  • Campus-based (entirely at our St Luke’s Campus)
  • Distance learning (online only)
  • Blended learning (mixture of campus-based, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)
  • School-based (for Educational Issues, Policies and Practices only)

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. Check individual module descriptions for details.

Campus-based modules are taught at the Graduate School of Education at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK’s largest Education library. Weekend or Friday workshops are usually available to accommodate the needs of part-time students.

All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and presentations.  

Research-led teaching

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.


The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions.  This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Visit our EdD pages for more information.

Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not correspond.

Job titlesEmployer
Teacher Ofsted
Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama) Devon Education Authority 
Special Needs Teacher   Jersey States Education Department  
Head of Department  Plymouth City Council 
Arts Manager FEA Training and Development Centre 
Educational Therapist  Camden LEA 
Education Officer  Exeter College 
Dyslexia Assessor  Hong Kong SAR Government 
Headteacher/Principal  Danish National School of Contemporary Dance 
Education Consultant  Ministry of Education, Cyprus 
Dean, Faculty of Arts  Saltash Community School 
Lecturer University of Reading 

Career support

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have obtained a first degree equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours or Masters level credits (e.g. PGCE) in a relevant discipline.

You will normally also be expected to have at least three months’ professional experience in an educational or other relevant setting. Please note that some modules require Disclosure and Barring Service checks, specific experience and/or current practice. Check individual module descriptions for details.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. You will also need to satisfy our English language entry requirements. Please see our English language requirements pages for details.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

Full time

  • UK/EU: £6,900 full-time
  • International: £16,995 full-time

For part time routes:

  • 30 credit module
    • UK/EU: £1,150
    • International: £2,830
  • 60 credit module
    • UK/EU: £2,300
    • International: £5,665

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
United Kingdom

Postgraduate Taught admissions

For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
WebEnquire online

Where to find us

The Graduate School of Education is located on the University's St Luke's Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to St Luke's Campus and the St Luke's Campus map.

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