MSc/PGDip Deaf Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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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)
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.


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

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 .


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 .