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Postgraduate taught courses from the Manchester Institute of Education

Choosing to undertake your postgraduate studies with the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) means joining a lively international student community, where you will benefit from teaching consistently rated ‘excellent’ and gain access to the fantastic resources of our University.

As one of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK, our Institute offers a rich diversity of opportunity for more than 1000 postgraduate students every year. MIE also boasts 65 teaching and research staff with a broad range of research interests, teaching experience and expertise, which is reflected in our excellent postgraduate taught provision.

Our postgraduate taught courses involve study in a range of core and elective modules that comprise each degree.

We offer over 30 taught postgraduate courses which have attracted excellent ratings in teaching quality assessments in recent years – including those undertaken by both QAA and OFSTED. The MIE taught masters in Educational Research is also recognised by the Economic and Social research Council (ESRC).

For most of our MA and PGCE courses, progress is assessed through written assignments involving a variety of tasks. The development of transferable skills is a key aim of all of our programmes, and most assessment requires students to apply their learning to their very individual contexts. Students have the opportunity to carry out relevant research, and appropriate training is provided for this and for the dissertation that Masters students are required to submit.

Our masters courses attract students from different educational contexts from all over the world, and cover a breadth of areas including:

  • Educational technologies and communication
  • Counselling
  • Educational Leadership
  • Education

Some of these areas are also offered through Distance Learning.


Staff in MIE recognise the need for effective support whether you are studying on campus or at distance, and provide a range of services to support you academically and pastorally. Students on the postgraduate courses will each be assigned a personal tutor who has a special interest in the degree. 

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Postgraduate taught students working in a seminar

We offer over 20 taught postgraduate courses which have attracted excellent ratings in teaching quality assessments