MSt in Advanced Subject Teachinge-learning

This unique postgraduate degree has been designed to help English and history teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing. It will provide a two-year, part-time route to a full University of Cambridge Master’s degree.

The MSt has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Faculties of Education, English and History, and with The Prince's Teaching Institute.

Please note that applications for the 2014 intake are now closed.

The course will run from August 2014 to July 2016 with preliminary reading and assessment during August 2014. The course has been designed to be accessible to teachers both in the UK and world-wide. Teaching and supervision by Cambridge academics will be offered through a combination of residential teaching in Cambridge (three concentrated teaching blocks in the first year and one in the second year) and online tuition.

Successful applicants will become members of a Cambridge College where they will be members of the wider graduate community as well as enjoying full access to the facilities of the University.

Watch a short film in which four teachers describe their experience of the course.

What will I be studying?

When you embark on this innovative programme, you will choose an aspect of your subject which you would like to explore further or perhaps tackle for the first time. You will then study it both academically and pedagogically, so that your new knowledge and skills can be put to effective use in the classroom.

It is an important aim of the programme that you should focus on areas of the curriculum that are under-represented in schools, not least because teachers themselves may be less familiar with them.

We hope that successful graduates of this MSt will go on to make major contributions to syllabus development not only in their schools, but also at national and international level.

Year 1

The first year consists of three taught modules, and you will be expected to produce an assignment (varying between 3,000-6,000 words) for each:

  • Pre-course and induction (online)
  • Module 1: The history and development of the subject (residential 29-31 August 2014 and online)
  • Module 2: The development of new subject knowledge (residential 31 October-2 November 2014 and online)
  • Module 3: From academic to classroom-based research (residential 13-15 February 2015 and online)

Year 2

  • Module 4: Being a teacher-researcher (residential 28-30 August 2015 and online)

In the second year, you will undertake a research project on a topic of your own choice, culminating in a 15,000 to 18,000-word dissertation.

Download the programme specification for further information about the course

What can I go on to do?

The MSt is a research degree, and successful completion of the MSt at a high grade may allow you to progress to a EdD or PhD either at the University of Cambridge or another institution. 


Teaching will take place at Madingley Hall.

Entry requirements

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to be about to achieve:

  • At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
  • Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.

Currently the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching is offered every two years and places are offered to up to 20 students.

The MSt is not a distance learning course and attendance in Cambridge for the residential sessions is compulsory. It is therefore essential that all applicants are available to attend all the residential teaching events.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to take a language test.


The fee for this course is £5,000 per year for Home/EU students and £10,000 per year for Overseas students. If you wish, you may choose to pay this in termly instalments.

The fee covers the course but excludes college fees and accommodation. The college fees are set and collected by the student's Cambridge College, who will make clear to students how much these payments are, how they are to be made and by what deadlines.

The fees do not include accommodation for periods of study in Cambridge. As a student studying for the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching you may book en-suite accommodation at Madingley Hall (subject to availability).

College fees

Applicants will be responsible for their own college fees and expenses incurred during residential events.

How to apply

We have introduced an online application process and applications will be accepted from 1 October 2013 until 1 May 2014 (please note extended deadline).

A research proposal is required at the time of application (please refer to the guidance notes before submitting your research proposal).

Applications are now closed. Please note that the selection process will not begin until after the application deadline.

Funding opportunities

James Stuart Bursaries

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education is offering eight James Stuart Bursaries of £1,250 per annum to applicants who most closely match the criteria.

The bursaries are designed for applicants wishing to research an under-taught and/or researched subject area in order to improve teaching and learning in their school or college. Preference will be given to those who are teachers in state-funded schools or colleges and who do not have full financial support.

The deadline for bursary applications is midday on 22 April 2014. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by 25 April 2014, and the closing date for course applications is now 1 May 2014. If you wish to apply for a bursary, you should ensure you have at least started your course application by 22 April.

Bursary applications are now closed.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Bursaries

The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Bursary Fund offers bursaries up to a maximum of £20,000 per person to cover course fees for overseas and EU applicants wishing to study the MSt in 2014.

Bursary applicants must be current teachers of either English or History CIE syllabuses working outside the UK in CIE-registered schools. Applicants must be fully supported by their school and confirmation of this support should be included in the application.

Download further information and a bursary application form.

National Scholarship Fund for Teachers

In addition, English teachers working in England may have access to the National Scholarship Fund for Teachers. Please check the Department for Education’s website for the latest information.

Find out more

For academic enquiries, please contact the Academic Course Director, Dr Nigel Kettley:

For administrative enquiries, please contact the Academic Programme Manager, Sue Brignell:


pdf Programme specification

Pre-enrolment information

Information about studying with ICE

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To register your interest in this course please contact us:

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Sue Brignell
Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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Course details

Start date

1 August 2014 (12:00)

End date

30 July 2016 (12:00)

Application deadline

1 May 2014

Course code



2 years


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 4

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

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