Information | 03.08.2022 | By Teresa Quail

Course providers

Course providers

The full list of courses available is as follows:

Part-time courses only

The University of Birmingham
The School of Education offers a two-year programme of study by distance education leading to a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Special Education – Hearing Impairment). The programme is open to qualified teachers, normally with not less than two years’ teaching experience. Students who successfully complete the work for the Postgraduate Diploma may then progress to MEd.
Applications are also invited from students who are not qualified to teach children but who are working with deaf pupils/students (CSWs, Tutors supporting deaf pupils in FE etc). These students are entitled to study for the University award (PG Diploma) but do not normally undertake the assessed practical element of the programme and are not eligible to obtain qualified Teacher of the Deaf status.Details from: The Receptionist, School of Education, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Tel: 0121 414 7168; Enquiries to Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi Tel:0121 414 4876, email:
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh offers a part-time modular programme leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Education (Deaf learners) or Masters (MSc). The Diploma programme normally takes 2.5 years and consists of six courses.
  • Sources of Knowledge (10 credits) a generic course introducing students to Masters level study.
  • Deaf Studies (10 credits) a course about the range of deaf children’s identities.
  • Collaborative Working in Children’s Services (20 credits) a generic course about working together in multi agency teams. There are alternatives to this course, e.g. Inclusive Pedagogy, Education for All.
  • Language and Communication (20 credits) about deaf children’s language acquisition and development
  • Promoting Achievement and Curriculum Access (20 credits) which is about supporting deaf children’s achievement across the age range and the curriculum with a focus on pluriliteracies.
  • Audiology and Audiometry (20 credits) about supporting the deaf child audiologically in school and at home.
  • Placement (20 credits) which is 20 days in the student’s own workplace with a QToD mentor and 15 days in a contrasting deaf education setting, again with a QToD mentor.
Those who successfully complete the Diploma can progress to the MSc, which can take an additional year. Further details from The Moray House School of Education and Sport, The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.
The Edinburgh course offers students close support and liaison with deaf education services, a research record in relation to deaf children’s school achievements, social backgrounds and plurilingual identities, and a strong track record of supporting deaf as well as hearing students to become QToDs. We work closely with the Scottish Sensory Centre: Students from England are also welcome and we work towards the Scottish as well as the English competencies.
Please contact the course director, Rachel O’Neill, for further details and more about how to apply. Tel: 0131 651 6429 or website:

The University of Leeds

The School of Education offers an MA in Deaf Education with Teacher of the Deaf status. This is a part-time distance learning programme (24 or 30 months) for qualified UK teachers wishing to gain the mandatory ToD qualification. This distance programme uses a range of current technologies to blend on-line learning with face-to-face day and residential sessions and regional tutorial support. The programme provides teachers with the essential and specialist knowledge, skills and experience needed to work across the full range of educational settings that a Teacher of the Deaf is likely to encounter and addresses the fundamental issues of language development, communication, achievement and good practice in the education of deaf children. Participants are expected to gain a high level of expert knowledge and understanding and also to develop crucial intellectual abilities such as reflection, critical analysis and the development of professional relationships which are considered to be essential professional qualities.
Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) Study Bursaries at the University of Leeds
From September 2014, bursaries are available for UK Deaf Education schools/services funding more than one student per school/service in a single year to the part-time MA Deaf Education (TOD) programme.

For schools/services funding two students to start the programme in September 2014, a 5% bursary towards the part-time Deaf Education programme tuition fee per student per year will be applied.
For schools/services sending more than two students to start the programme in September 2014, a 10% bursary towards the part-time Deaf Education programme tuition fee per student per year will be applied.
NB Schools/services already receiving DfE National Scholarship funding are not eligible for this scheme. How to apply for a Deaf Education bursary
You will be automatically considered for a School of Education scholarship if …
  • you fulfil the entry requirements of the MA programme
  • you have enclosed a covering letter from your Head of School or Service indicating that your application is one of two or more from the same school or service.
Conditions of the award

Receipt of the scholarship is conditional upon you commencing your period of study by registering no later than 1 October in the academic year for which the award is offered. Scholarships cannot be deferred to a later year. Where places are offered to applicants who meet the criteria for this scheme notification will be sent to the Head of School or Service at the point of acceptance of the students on to the programe.

Details from Jackie Salter MA(TOD) Programme Leader MA(Deaf Education), School of Education, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT. Tel: 0113 343 4601 (direct line, voice and text); email address:

Further details are available on the website.

Mary Hare Courses in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire

Mary Hare Courses, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, offer a PG Dip/MA Deaf Education Studies (Teacher of the Deaf). This leads to the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, approved by the Department for Education (DfE); and delivers the linked competencies to enable candidates to work with children and young people who are deaf from 0-25 years. Students who continue after PGDip to complete a dissertation qualify for an MA in Deaf Education Studies (Teacher of the Deaf) which delivers extension competencies. The PGDip has an eight module structure taught over two years of study, with residential study weekends (five in year 1 and four in year 2)  and access to substantial online resources, learning activities and regular contact with tutors. Students uniquely have access to observation and research opportunities within Mary Hare Schools during their period of study. The course is staffed by experienced practitioners in the fields of education of the deaf and related disciplines.

Year 1

    • Language Development and the Impact of Deafness – 15 credits
    • Holistic Development and the Impact of Deafness – 15 credits
    • Introduction to Audiology – 15 credits
    • Teaching and Learning 1 – 15 credits

Year 2

    • Language Development Assessment and Facilitation – 15 credits
    • Teaching and Learning 2 – 15 credits
    • Developing Audiological Understanding – 15 credits
    • Policy and Practice – 15 credits

Year 3 (for MA): Research Methods and Dissertation – 60 credits

To satisfy the requirements for the mandatory qualification as a Teacher of the Deaf, all students undertake an assessed practical experience component in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course of study. In year 1, students undertake a 4-week placement in a provision with pupils from a different age range to their current experience in an establishment outside their own local authority. In Year 2 students undertake a 4-week placement in their current place of work, provided they currently work with children and young people who are deaf. In addition, students undertake additional visits to experience the range of educational provision for children and young people who are deaf. Students are fully supported during their placement by a supervisor appointed by Mary Hare Courses.

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Full time and part-time courses

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester (UoM) awards the University Post Graduate Diploma in Deaf Education and MSc Deaf Education. This requires one or two years on campus or two years distance learning.
The University of Manchester offers flexibility and access to research-led practice with state of the art audiology facilities which ensure graduates are prepared for changing times in the field. The course is led by action research with schools and services and has expertise in all aspects of deaf education. Learners on the programme will benefit from specialist areas of expertise such as Theory of Mind and social development in the home/classroom and complex needs. UoM are able to support bespoke training that meets individual learning and service/school for the deaf needs by using a range of on campus / elearning modes. Please ask for more details about this. The promotion of high expectations of all deaf learners is a key feature. Deaf children and young people deserve the very best and at Manchester that it what we seek to provide.
You can study full time on campus [2 days per week for one year], part time on campus [1 day per week over 2 years] or as an e-blended learner [part time over 2 years]. All students undertake supervised placements.
For details send an email to: and
More information is available here.
The University of Manchester has bursaries available each year for exceptional candidates as part of the Lawrence Werth Scholarship Fund. Please consult the website for more details.