MSc/PGDip Deaf Education

Year of entry: 2020

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 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • This course has Department for Education (DfE) and National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) approval.
  • Using our state-of-the-art equipment, learn the audiological skills needed to ensure that deaf children maximise the benefit gained from technology.

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

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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 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1: £3,800; year 2: £3,800; year 3 £1,900
  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    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 £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 incurred during the programme.

These may include travel to teaching placements, or to the University for inductions or study.

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 for Teachers of the Deaf

We are pleased to offer student bursaries of £3,000 for up to two individuals per year enrolling on the MSc/PGDip Deaf Education course.

The bursaries are in memory of Lawrence Werth who was a respected figure in the international audiology industry. As the oldest deaf education course in the UK at a university that has been developing expertise in this area for nearly 100 years, it is fitting to be able to offer this bursary scheme in memory of such an iconic figure in UK audiology.

See eligibility criteria (PDF, 139KB)

Tuition Fee Bursary for self-funding students

A limited number of £1,000 bursaries are available towards tuition fee costs of self-funded students. To be eligible, applicants must not have employer/local authority funding in place or be in receipt of other funding.

Successful applicants must be paying their tuition fees directly to the University and bursaries will be withdrawn if an applicant secures alternative funding prior to registering as a student.

Alumni Bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (School of Health Sciences) offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020. Find out more .

Other funding

The University of Manchester also has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7601
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/speech-hearing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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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 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.

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 reviewed on a case by case basis.

Interview requirements

Course directors will conduct a short interview 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

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

You will qualify with the mandatory postgraduate diploma to equip you to work as a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf.

You will develop your research skills in the field to add to the knowledge base in Deaf Education.

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.

Aims

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

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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 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

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 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.

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

The e-blended course is an established and popular option for those at a distance offers online and written materials with 2 blocks on campus in the first year and 2 blocks on campus in the second year. All students undertake two four week placements over the course of study.

In addition, all first year students are required to attend an additional weekend workshop . 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
  • data collection study
  • policy review.

Course unit details

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 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.

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 National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) approval.

Associated organisations