MSc/PGDip Deaf Education

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

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

You must hold qualified teacher status (QTS) or equivalent. The course is also available to those who are qualified to work in further education who have evidence of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). 

For those applicants with teaching qualifications outside of the UK, applicants must evidence that their teaching qualifications are recognised in their home country.  They must also evidence that they have all the necessary approvals and registrations to be able to carry out a teaching placement in their home country.

Applicants who have teaching qualifications from outside of the UK would need to apply for equivalency of their qualifications if they would like to request a UK placement.

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

Please apply via our online application form .

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N Y
PGDip Y Y N Y

Course overview

  • Train as a Teacher of the Deaf for deaf children if you are already a qualified teacher (QTS or QTLS qualified).
  • Study on the most pioneering deaf education course in the UK at a university that has been developing expertise in this area for 100 years.
  • Department for Education and National College of Teaching and Learning approved course.
  • Using our state-of-the-art equipment, learn the audiological skills needed to ensure that deaf children maximise the benefit gained from technology.
  • Scholarships and bursaries available (details below).
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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.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £9,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £16,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): Year 1 £3,600; Year 2 £3,600; Year 3 £1,800
  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): Year 1 £3,600; Year 2 £3,600; Year 3 £1,800
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £7,200
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £3,600
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £3,600

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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 visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

Additional expenses

You will be required to cover any travel expenses and accommodation costs incurred during the programme.

These may include travel to teaching placements, or to the University for inductions and on-campus study days.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Lawrence Werth Bursary

We are pleased to offer bursaries of £3,000 for individuals enrolling on the MSc/PGDip Deaf Education. The bursaries are in memory of Lawrence Werth who was a respected figure in international audiology. Normally up to two bursaries are awarded per year. However, the needs of deaf children during the pandemic are exacerbated and we are intending to award one further bursary as part of the programme's Covid response.

Eligibility criteria (PDF 139KB). Application deadline: 12th April 2021.

Deaf Education Centenary Bursary

We are offering bursaries of £1,500 (PDF 59KB) for up to two individuals in 2021/22 who hold a PGDip in Deaf Education from Manchester and want to progress to an MSc in Deaf Education.

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4705
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/speech-hearing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You must hold qualified teacher status (QTS) or equivalent. The course is also available to those who are qualified to work in further education who have evidence of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). 

For those applicants with teaching qualifications outside of the UK, applicants must evidence that their teaching qualifications are recognised in their home country.  They must also evidence that they have all the necessary approvals and registrations to be able to carry out a teaching placement in their home country.

Applicants who have teaching qualifications from outside of the UK would need to apply for equivalency of their qualifications if they would like to request a UK placement.

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

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section
  • TOEFL 100, including 25 in the written section

See further information about requirements for your country .

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

Please apply via our online application form .

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

How your application is considered

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

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

Interview requirements

Programme staff will discuss the course with all suitable candidates.

Deferrals

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

Re-applications

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

Successful completion of our PGDip/MSc Deaf Education course will give you the mandatory qualification to work as a Teacher of the Deaf. The MSc route will also support the development of 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 the translation of theory to practice.

Our course has National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) approval, meeting the requirements of the mandatory qualification.

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

Both MSc and PGDip options are available.  There are a range of full-time, part time, e-blended and on campus learning routes.  If you already have the PGDip from The University of Manchester you can take an additional unit to gain the MSc award.

Aims

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

Special features

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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 you a unique experience that fully equips you with the skills needed to teach deaf children and young people.

We have well-established, close links with services and service users. We ensure that our teaching is reflective of the range of perspectives and philosophies that are represented in the field.

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

We have a range of ways to complete the programme up to Postgraduate Diploma level.

For example, the full-time option is two days a week and taught on campus.

The two years part-time on-campus option is taught on campus for one day a week. Both options have measures in place to ensure synchronous teaching through online technology in situations where social distance is in place.

The e-blended learning route is two years, part-time and provides the 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 e-blended course is an established and popular option for those at a distance and offers online and written materials with two face to face learning blocks on campus in the first year and two blocks on campus in the second year. All students undertake two four week placements over the course of study. Again, we have plans in place to ensure that learning takes place even if distancing rules prevent travel.

We recognise that some students are employed as Teachers of the Deaf and require the training to be able to continue in the role. For other learners working mainstream and trying to enter the field of deaf education we understand that flexible learning routes are important in order to transition into deaf education as a new profession.

In addition, all first year students are required to attend an additional practitioner-focused workshop. The workshop provides an opportunity to meet a range of professionals, to extend knowledge and understanding, to exchange ideas and to establish a strong group identity.

For the MSc module, the online research methods unit prepares students to undertake their dissertation, which may be presented in a range of formats.

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
  • data collection study
  • policy review
  • grant proposal

Course unit details

Detailed unit information can be found by clicking on the links in the Course Unit list below.

PGDip students will study all units except the dissertation. Those who wish to top up to an MSc can take the additional 60-credit dissertation unit.

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

There are two placements over the duration of the course. These are arranged in consultation with you and are fully supervised.

All PGDip students must attain BSL Level 1 as a minimum by the end of their course of study. This is completed independently and is not part of the course.

Watch our unit overview videos

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

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
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 .

Facilities

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 .

Careers

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 work as teachers of the deaf in mainstream classes, special schools and in the homes of deaf children and their families.

The course equips you to progress your academic career, study for a PhD and move into academic research and higher education.

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

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 is recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) and the National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL).

Associated organisations