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MSc/PGDip Deaf Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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 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.


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

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

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.

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
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 .