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Southampton Education School

Entry Requirements

To undertake postgraduate study at the Southampton Education School, you will need to be able to demonstrate your interest in your chosen area, as well as a commitment to the type of programme (course) and its duration.

For all programmes we actively look for evidence of this in your application and references through, for example:


You should have, or expect to be awarded, an honours degree (minimum class 2:ii) from a British University or its recognised equivalent. For secondary school teaching, at least 50% of your degree content should be in the subject in which you will specialise. An exception is the option for extended training for maths and science teaching. For primary teaching, your degree subject is generally less relevant.

You should also have recent classroom experience, either observing or assisting. While other work with children or young people, for example helping with a summer playscheme or sports coaching, is immensely valuable, you will need to show that you are aware first-hand of current teaching methods and standards.

Masters' and Doctoral programmes

You should have, or expect to be awarded, an honours degree from a British University (minimum class 2:i) or its recognised equivalent.

You may be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Qualifications. This must be done at the same time as applying for your place.

For more information visit Postgraduate research programmes.

English language

If English is not your first language, you will need to have already reached a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English, such as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C or above, IELTS grade 6.5, with no individual score below 6.0. Applicants with lower scores may be eligible to take pre-sessional English courses.


With your application, you will need to provide satisfactory references, generally from academic referees. Mature applicants who have been away from education for some time may supply professional references.

Supporting documentation

Most programmes require additional supporting documentation to be submitted as part of the application process.  As a guideline, this will include the following:

For Masters' and Doctoral programmes, any correspodence or supporting documentation that cannot be submitted electronically to the University should be sent to the School of Education for the attention of the Postgraduate Office. 


With the exception of teacher training, postgraduate applications are made through the University's online postgraduate application system. All options for the Southampton Education School are detailed in the How to Apply pages for Taught and Research programmes respectively.

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Key facts

You may be able to apply for Accreditation of Prior Qualifications (APQ) for Master's programmes. See the link below.

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