Postgraduate study

Education, Early Childhood & Youth

We are proud to have developed an excellent reputation for pre-service and in-service education and personal development. Developing professionalism in the workforce is at the centre of all our programmes. We work closely with employers and national lead bodies to ensure your studies are relevant, current and challenging, equipping you to progress in your chosen career with confidence.

Education, Early Childhood & Youth facilities

The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Applied Education Leadership PgCert No Yes View course
Education Doctorate Yes Yes View course
Education MA Yes Yes View course
Education (Early Childhood Studies) MA Yes Yes View course
Education (Educational Leadership) MA Yes Yes View course
Education and Training Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: Yes Yes View course

Quality teaching

We are committed to providing you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to become part of a graduate workforce. Well-qualified and highly experienced staff support your progress.

Teesside is an ideal location to study social sciences. The area has been described as a research laboratory, as it has experienced rapid and profound change. Academic staff draw on local case studies and their own research to enrich their teaching, and maintain excellent networks of contacts with key policymakers and practitioners.


Evidence-based practice is at the heart of the best education for workforce development. Academic research is an important element of teaching and learning at Teesside University. The Education and Workbased Learning Research Unit is an active member of the University’s Social Futures Institute and, as such, contributes significantly to the research carried out in the field of education and social policy within this institute.

Education staff are involved at a national level in working with governmental and other agencies on national agendas and initiatives in education and training, thus contributing to policy development. They have published a range of material including course textbooks, agenda-setting texts, reports and journal papers on young people, youth-related issues, professional development, teaching in the lifelong learning sector and early years.

We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Social exclusion
  • Sociology of education
  • Leisure studies
  • Youth crime and youth justice
  • Drugs and criminal careers
  • Organised crime
  • Social and political theory
  • Migration, diaspora and transnationalism
  • Cultural regeneration and social exclusion
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Social movements
  • Anarchism


  • Our innovative postgraduate programmes are designed to fit into the lives of working professionals
  • We have strong links with traditional and non-traditional education settings across all sectors involved in education
  • Our postgraduate courses are noted for their applied and vocational focus with opportunities for accredited voluntary work
  • Our staff engage in internationally regarded research into the lives of children and young people