Masters in Teaching and Learning / Educational Leadership - PgDip / MTL / MEL

Part Time
September 2016
Study is mostly based within your own institution.

The Masters in Teaching and Learning/Education Leadership (MTL/MEL) is designed to boost your professional learning in your school, college or place of work.

You’ll already be making your mark in the working world, but eager to put the polish on your qualifications by studying for Master’s degree.

The really attractive aspect of this course is that it frees you up to gain a further qualification without giving up your job, because our highly experienced tutors bring their expertise to you.

What's covered in the course?

  • This course is personalised and linked to your workplace practice. You enjoy the flexibility of choosing what areas you concentrate on when it comes to your development, research and study.
  • Our MTL/MEL will empower you to taking an enquiring approach to your studies, helping you to be in a position to embrace change and successfully meet new challenges and opportunities in your professional practice.
  • As a work-based course, it will focus on your day-to-day practice, whether you work in a school, academy, college or other educational setting, in whatever role.
  • The MTL/MEL values and emphasises collaboration in the development of teachers and leaders in order to maximise their impact on children, young people or adult learners, their organisations and communities.
  • The course supports continuing improvement and is rooted in a concept of partnership, which incorporates professional respect and promotes learning at all levels.

Please note that completion of this course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Why Choose Us?

  • The MTL or MEL integrates seamlessly with your current job.
  • You could use evidence or credits from previous study as accreditation towards your MTL/MEL.
  • You can build on previous workplace learning and practice, taking increasing responsibility for your own development within a wider professional community.
  • You’ll be involved in personalised and collaborative learning that draws appropriately on agreed content areas and workplace priorities.
  • You’ll develop skills of enquiry and the use of evidence, in relation to the impact of professional practice on the outcomes for learners within the work context.
  • This course will provide you with the opportunities to undertake academic study and prepare you for even higher study in the long term.


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Entry Requirements

UK students

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level.

In most cases, applicants will join the course as part of a workplace group and suitability to join the programme will be agreed between the University tutor and institutional leaders.

Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning including credits gained on a PGCE course.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
PgDip / MTL / MEL Sep 2016 PT 2-5 years See fees information below

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Fees information

We have a formal contract with schools and colleges to provide places on this course. They will then charge fees directly to you. For information on fees and payment policies, please contact your school or college.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Stage one - PgCert

Introductory modules and/or one or two 30 credit modules from Stage 2. Credits from previous study (e.g. PGCE), or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL), can be used here.

Introductory modules
15 or 30 credits

Introductory modules are optional, but recommended for those new to master’s level study. Students may choose, with guidance, one of these modules at 30 credits, both modules at 15 credits or both modules at 30 credits, depending on their study needs and previous experience:

  • Reflecting on professional practice
  • Developing professional enquiry skills

Stage two - PgDip Teaching and Learning

Choose two of these enquiry modules.

Based in the workplace, aligned to personal, departmental and institutional development priorities, with tutor guidance.

Teaching and learning, personalisation and assessment for learning
30 credits
Subject knowledge and curriculum development
30 credits
Learner development and inclusion
30 credits
Leadership and management, working with others
30 credits

Stage two - PgDip Educational Leadership

Choose two of these enquiry modules.

Based in the workplace, aligned to personal, departmental and institutional development priorities, with tutor guidance.

Leadership and management, working with others
30 credits
Professional development, coaching and mentoring
30 credits
Institutional effectiveness, change and improvement
30 credits
Partnership working and community involvement
30 credits

Stage three - MTL/MEL

Professional Practice Enquiry
60 credits
Teaching and Learning pathway

Includes proposal stage and dissemination to workplace colleagues.

Educational Leadership pathway

Includes proposal stage and dissemination to workplace colleagues.

How you learn

You’ll carry out a series of reflective and enquiry projects, which are linked to personal, team and institutional development priorities. These involve taking action to improve practice, gathering evidence of impact and reflecting on this in relation to wider policy, research and reading.

Projects are agreed with and supported by your tutor. This allows you to focus developments that really matter to you, your learners, your colleagues and community.

The outcomes of these projects are shared and submitted as assignments, with the intention that they support real understanding, change and improvement in your workplace practice.

Where possible, we encourage practitioners to work collaboratively on projects, while ensuring that their assignment submissions are individually written-up.

Assessment methods

An audit of professional practice leading to an action plan at the start of each module assignment, which will also be used with tutors to monitor and evaluate progress.

Assignments are designed to develop enquiry skills and critical reflection, through implementing actions, gathering workplace evidence and relating findings to relevant literature. Students are also expected to disseminate findings to colleagues in support of professional and organisational development, choosing an appropriate format and/or product.

Further study

After achieving your Masters degree, you may be keen to do further study. We offer you a thriving research programme which leads to PhD qualification.

We also welcome enquiries from teachers looking to do research into any area of education practice or policy. Your interest may lie in early years, primary and secondary schools, academies and colleges, or the fields of higher education and lifelong learning.

Enhancing employability skills

This course offers you a valuable way of boosting your employability skills and gaining promotion. Your knowledge, skills and confidence are enhanced by studying at Masters level while working towards real change and improvement to practice.

MTL/MEL project assignments allow you to develop new approaches to teaching, leadership and other educational roles, demonstrating evidence of their positive impact.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Achieving your Masters degree might assist you in implementing new ideas in the workplace or encouraging your colleagues to look at polishing their own skills. You’ll find that our courses give you a great opportunity to fulfil your Continuous Professional Learning and Development (CPLD) requirements, as well as support positive change, allowing you to progress further up the career ladder.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The School of Education boasts some of the best teaching and learning facilities in the country. As part of your training you will have access to our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.

Science education facilities

Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.


City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.

The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston during the 2017/18 academic year.

Virtual School

One of the most exciting innovations in recent years for our trainee teachers and students is our virtual school. You can encounter a range of real-life situations within a simulated environment, that teachers are often confronted with.

Visit our Virtual School


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

IT Support

Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.

Other items available include:

  • Training and training notes
  • Students can borrow cameras, LCD projector
  • Specialist technician support
  • Dedicated research base for postgraduate research students

Art and Design Department

There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.

Design and Technology Department

The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.

The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.

There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.

History Department

There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.

English Department

The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.

You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.

Mathematics Department

There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.

Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.

Religious Education Department

This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.

Early Years Department

As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.

Music Department

The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.

Drama Department

There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295