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Master's-level courses – University of Reading

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Master's-level courses

Tailor your studies to suit your interests at one of the country's leading providers of educational training, and benefit from our local knowledge and global reach.

We are experts in developing education and leadership skills, and our flexible postgraduate courses are ideal for educational practitioners looking to enhance their skills, share knowledge and develop professionally.

Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have close working relationships with over 400 schools; and globally, our research, consultancy and project work extends to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore.

Our academics regularly make important contributions to educational policy and practice, and their research-led teaching ensures your learning is relevant and practice-based.

You can study our master's courses on a full-time or part-time basis, and modules can be taken singularly or as part of an award-bearing course.  We offer a wide range of high quality modules to meet the needs of busy  professionals, including a module designed specifically to support our overseas students  and help them to settle into the academic and the cultural life of the University. 


We also offer a range of postgraduate courses with qualified teacher status (QTS) as an outcome. 

How you learn

At the Institute of Education we recognise the uniqueness of every student and we address our teaching to suit your individual needs. The structure of our postgraduate courses gives you the opportunity to create your own tailor-made course, shaping our programme to suit your needs and your personal career aspirations.

You will be taught by a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics, and benefit from the breadth of their expertise and backgrounds in educating and influencing policy.

Tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course.

Our academics are committed to high quality, world-class teaching and this is reflected in the awards they hold.  Our academic community comprises 37 Fellows, Associate Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a National Teaching Fellow.

Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment.


At the Institute of Education, we have created an open and inclusive environment, one which promotes a sense of wellbeing and belonging.

You will enjoy high levels of personal attention and strong support throughout your studies. Your tutors are on hand to offer regular guidance and support, ensuring any potential issues are addressed as early as possible.

“ I have met so many students from different countries and I have really enjoyed exchanging knowledge and experiences with them. The staff in the Institute of Education have made me feel like here is a home.”

Lalin – MA Education student, with a pathway in Leadership and Management

Facilities and resources

Our location in Reading gives you the benefits of a vibrant town with the convenience of excellent transport connections both nationally and internationally.

The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including:

  • modern laboratories
  • musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
  • well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.

Alongside these fantastic facilities you will also find places to eat and drink as well as plenty of green space to relax in.

The Learning Hub

We have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.

As well as those at the London Road campus, further facilities are available just a 15-minute walk away at our award-wining Whiteknights campus.


We also offer a range of postgraduate courses with qualified teacher status (QTS) as an outcome. 


Apply now

The quickest and easiest way to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service.

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