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MSc Deaf Education at The University of Manchester
MSc/PGDip Deaf Education

Learn how to translate the theory of educating deaf children into practice through the oldest Teacher of the Deaf training course in the UK.

MSc/PGDip Deaf Education

Year of entry: 2018


Degree awarded
MSc: 1 yr FT, 2-3 yrs PT; PGDip: 1 yr FT, 2 yrs PT
Entry requirements

You must hold qualified teacher status or equivalent. The course is also available to those who are qualified to work in further education.

PGDip Deaf Education holders wishing to take the additional research unit to gain an MSc should have undertaken the PGDip within the last three years. For students joining the course on this basis, the duration will be one-year part-time.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

15 places (MSc), 50 places (PGDip)

How to apply

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form .

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Train as a Teacher of the Deaf for deaf children if you are already a qualified teacher.
  • Study on the oldest deaf education course in the UK at a university that has been developing expertise in this area for nearly 100 years.
  • Learn research skills in deaf education if you wish to pursue a career in this field.
  • This course has Department for Education (DfE) and Teacher Development Agency (TDA) approval.
  • Using our state-of-the-art equipment, learn the audiological skills needed to ensure that deaf children meet their full potential. 

View the below video in YouTube to see it with subtitles.

MSc/PGDip Deaf Education at Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

You can also visit us outside of open days, either individually or in groups. Please contact us for more information.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1: £3,800; year 2: £3,800; year 3 £1,900
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


We are pleased to offer The Lawrence Werth Bursary for Teachers of the Deaf worth £3,000 for up to two individuals enrolling on the MSc/PGDip courses each academic year.

Download the application guidance for terms and conditions. The deadline for application is Monday, 26 February 2018 at 5pm.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 7601
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You must hold qualified teacher status or equivalent. The course is also available to those who are qualified to work in further education.

PGDip Deaf Education holders wishing to take the additional research unit to gain an MSc should have undertaken the PGDip within the last three years. For students joining the course on this basis, the duration will be one-year part-time.

English language

Students who have not studied in a predominantly English speaking country are required to hold IELTS 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section or TOEFL 100, including 25 in the written section.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form .

How your application is considered

We consider your application via the online application form, with an emphasis on CPD and appropriate references.

Complete applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Interview requirements

Course directors will conduct a short interview with all suitable candidates.


Deferrals will be accepted if appropriate medical or other evidence is provided in accordance with the University regulations.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

PGDip Deaf Education - Suzy Mangnall

"Over the past two years, I have been taught about deaf education not just as a teacher, but also from a scientific, psychological, sociological and linguistic perspective.

"I can honestly say that studying the course has been one of the most interesting and eye-opening experiences of my life. It's hard work, but it's well worth it."

Suzy Mangnall / PGDip Deaf Education (part-time)

Our MSc Deaf Education course will help you to train as a Teacher of the Deaf if you are a qualified teacher, or develop research skills that can be applied to this field.

Rapid developments in audiology and our understanding of language, communication and educational practice make teaching and learning for deaf children an exciting area of study.

The course uses an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children and places a strong emphasis on translation of theory to practice.

Our course has Department for Education (DfE) and Teacher Development Agency (TDA) approval, meeting the requirements of the mandatory qualification.

Most graduating students go on to teach and support deaf children both in the UK and overseas, although there are also opportunities to continue academic research in this area.

Both MSc (part-time on-campus learning) and PGDip (full-time or part-time on-campus or blended learning) options are available. If you already have the PGDip, you can take an additional unit to gain the MSc award.


This course aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure deaf children are able to achieve their full potential.

Special features

MSc/PGDip Deaf Education: Teaching placements overview

High-quality teaching

You will learn from a multi-professional team within a highly specialised and internationally recognised department. Deaf Education at Manchester works alongside the associated disciplines of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, giving students a unique experience. We have close links with services and service users, and ensure that a range of perspectives and philosophies are represented.

Watch our video to find out about teaching placements on the course. Click through to YouTube to watch the video with subtitles.

Teaching and learning

This online course provides an opportunity for you to learn at your own rate, at a time and place that suits you. The course is set within a framework of online support and workshops to ensure you have the chance to meet and share ideas.

The online research methods unit prepares students to undertake a long study, which may be in a range of formats.

You will also have access to student mentors (recently qualified teachers of the deaf) in addition to a personal tutor.

In addition to the full-time option, the University offers an on-campus option (2 years part-time) or an e-blended learning and distance learning course (2 years part-time) to make the course as accessible and flexible as possible.

The e-blended course is a new option offering online and written materials with 2x3 days on campus per year. All students undertake two placement blocks with a total of eight weeks on placement over the course of study.

All on-campus students are also required to attend a weekend workshop (this is optional for students undertaking the e-blended course). The weekend provides an opportunity to meet a range of professionals, to extend knowledge and understanding, to exchange ideas and to establish a strong group identity. It is based in a well-appointed University conference centre in Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used within the PGDip, including written assignments, case reports, practical work and practical delivery of work. As part of the course, there are opportunities for formative assessments that help to shape individual studies but do not contribute to the final marks.

The MSc dissertation may be in the form of a:

  • systematic review
  • detailed critical review of a school/service
  • theoretical review
  • quantitative study
  • metasynthesis
  • policy review.

Course unit details

For the full MSc, the course consists of relevant theoretical and practical teaching experience and a dissertation.

Placements are arranged in consultation and you will be fully supervised.

PGDip students will study all units except the dissertation. Those topping up to an MSc will only take the 60-credit dissertation unit.

For those studying part-time, the first year will focus on research methods and will include a workshop to share ideas on projects and the appropriate methodological approaches. The second year will focus on the preparation and delivery of the long study.

All PGDip students must attain CACDP Level I as a minimum by the end of their course of study.

Watch our unit overview videos

You can watch brief introductions to some of our units plus the teaching placements on YouTube .

More detailed unit information can be found by clicking on the links in the Course unit list below for more information on each unit.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Language Acquisition HCDI60240 15 Mandatory
Language Assessment HCDI60250 15 Mandatory
Developing Deaf Child HCDI60260 15 Mandatory
Policy and Practice HCDI60270 15 Mandatory
Curricular Access HCDI60280 15 Mandatory
Teaching and Learning 2 HCDI60310 15 Mandatory
Dissertation HCDI60311 60 Mandatory
Dissertation HCDI60311 60 Mandatory
Audiological Management HCDI61230 15 Mandatory
Teaching and Learning 1 HCDI63020 15 Mandatory

What our students say

PGDip Deaf Education - Kim Shepherd

"Halfway through the course, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour, which required urgent surgery.

"If it hadn't been for the flexible arrangements that were made for me after surgery, I wouldn't have been able to complete my training. The University granted me an extension so that I could finish all my coursework and my second teaching placement."

Kim Shepherd / PGDip Deaf Education (part-time) - 2017 graduate

Read about our students' experiences of the MSc/PGDip Deaf Education course and our graduates' subsequent careers by reading their posts on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .


You will be able to access a dedicated lab for audiology work, a student resource room, and the largest e-library and specialist deaf education resource in the UK.

You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .


Career opportunities

Lucia Martin - PGDip Deaf Education

"Teaching practice was both the most rewarding and challenging part of the course. I learnt new strategies and techniques and put them into practice, and the children consequently met their targets.

"This gave me a true idea how a teacher of the deaf works on a day-to-day basis and what the job entails."

Lucia Martin / PGDip Deaf Education

Most graduating students progress to a career in teaching deaf children. This is a diverse remit and a teacher of the deaf may work in a school for the deaf, a unit or resourced provision, at primary or secondary level, or a specialist nursery class.

They may also act as peripatetic support to deaf learners in mainstream classes, or early years child and family support, often moving through a range of these roles throughout their career.

Career opportunities can also include a move into academic research and higher education if that is an interest.

There are a small but growing number of teachers of the deaf who take time out to work abroad (eg through the UN or VSO) to support services in developing countries.

Read a blog post from one of our graduates about what a typical working day as a Teacher of the Deaf involves .

Accrediting organisations

This course has Department for Education (DfE) and Teacher Development Agency (TDA) approval.

Associated organisations