Best universities for education degrees in the UK 2023

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Top 10 universities in the UK for education degrees 2023

UK Education Rank 2023 WUR Education Rank 2023 University City/Town
1 4 University of Cambridge Cambridge
2 6 University of Oxford Oxford
3 12 UCL London
4 31 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
5 =32 King’s College London London
6 51 Lancaster University Lancaster
7 57 University of Bristol Bristol
8 73 University of Glasgow Glasgow
9 76 University of Birmingham Birmingham
10 77 Durham University Durham

Education can be studied at many different levels in the UK. Some students choose to complete an undergraduate degree in a subject of their choice and then do a one-year PGCE to become a qualified teacher. 

Some universities offer undergraduate education degrees with an option to become a qualified teacher by the end.

There are also various master’s courses in education, allowing students to specialise in certain topics to develop their knowledge and research skills in the education field.

These are the best universities for education in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.


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5. King’s College London

King’s College London offers education courses at the postgraduate level through PGCE teacher training, master’s and doctoral courses.

The education master’s programme is a one-year programme that allows flexible and subject-specific learning. Students will gain an understanding of educational policies, and develop research skills to enhance classroom practice.

PGCE teacher training leads to Qualified Teacher Status, and with access to about 200 schools across London and the wider area, students can learn and develop their skills through 120 days of school placements.

There is also the option to study education research at either a master’s (MPhil) or PhD level. This is a two- to four-year full-time course allowing students to critically analyse, research and respond to changes in policy in education.

4. University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh offers a numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate education degrees. There is a three-year bachelor’s degree in childhood practice, examining issues of childhood, well-being, development and rights. It is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council.

There are also four-year master’s programmes specialising in learning in communities, and primary education with Gaelic for both fluent speakers and learners.

Then there is a one-year PGDE, the Scottish equivalent of a PGCE, at primary or secondary level. The university has a partnership with Place2Be mental health charity, providing teachers with extra resources to help them support the well-being of their students and their families.

3. UCL

UCL offers a range of education degrees, including an undergraduate education studies bachelor’s, several master’s and doctoral programmes, as well as PGCEs in early years, primary and secondary.

The education bachelor’s degree is three years in duration. During their third year, students can conduct research in areas they are interested in. To achieve Qualified Teacher Status, students can apply for a one-year teacher training programme after their studies.

Both research and taught degrees are offered to postgraduate students, including education and technology (MA), early years education (MA), and education and child psychology (DEdPsy). PGCE teacher training is also offered, where students can select one subject for specialist study.


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2. University of Oxford

The University of Oxford offers several postgraduate education programmes, including a doctor of philosophy (DPhil) in education, as well as several master of science (MSc) education degrees. Topics could include child development and education, comparative and international education, digital and social change, higher education, and research design and methodology.

Many of these programmes offer full-time and part-time options to give students a choice to complete studies alongside work if required.

The year-long MSc courses focuses on key issues in education today. They are assessed mostly through written assignments, and in some cases examinations or a dissertation project.

The DPhil in education is three to four years in duration and provides graduates with research skills and knowledge around three major themes: language, cognition and development; policy, economy and society; and pedagogy, learning and knowledge.

At the moment, the University of Oxford does not offer any undergraduate education courses. 

1. University of Cambridge

Education is offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Cambridge.

The undergraduate education degree is three years in duration and accepts only 42 students per year. They can choose one of three tracks: education, psychology and learning; education, policy and international development; or education, English, drama and the arts.

In their first year, students study major themes in education, including inequality and digitalisation. Second year includes two compulsory papers: designing educational research, and the emergence of educational thinking and systems, and the other papers are track-specific. The third year includes a compulsory dissertation and two papers on issues in education, and two track-specific papers.

Postgraduates wishing to study education can choose a PGCE, master’s or doctoral degree. The PGCE course is taken as a specialism in primary or secondary (high school) education. Both options include significant placement time, with secondary PGCE students spending at least 120 days of the course in schools.

The master’s (MPhil) programme is 10 months long and applicants can choose from seven different courses. Teaching is mostly interactive, not lecture-based.

The PhD programme in education is three to four years in length, with 46 students accepted per year.


Best universities in the UK for education degrees 2023

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2023 results. 

UK Education Rank 2023 WUR Education Rank 2023 University City/Town
1 4 University of Cambridge Cambridge
2 6 University of Oxford Oxford
3 12 UCL London
4 31 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
5 =32 King’s College London London
6 51 Lancaster University Lancaster
7 57 University of Bristol Bristol
8 73 University of Glasgow Glasgow
9 76 University of Birmingham Birmingham
10 77 Durham University Durham
11 =78 University of Nottingham Nottingham
12 81 University of Warwick Coventry
=13 =87 Birkbeck, University of London London
=13 =87 University of Manchester Manchester
15 =94 University of Reading Reading
16 96 University of Bath Bath
=17 101–125 The Open University Nationwide
=17 101–125 University of York York
=19 126–150 University of Exeter Exeter
=19 126–150 University of Leeds Leeds
=19 126–150 University of Sheffield Sheffield
=19 126–150 University of Southampton Southampton
=19 126–150 Swansea University Swansea
24 151–175 University of Leicester Leicester
=25 176–200 Queen’s University Belfast Belfast
=25 176–200 University of Surrey Guildford
=27 201–250 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
=27 201–250 Brunel University London London
=27 201–250 University of Dundee Dundee
=27 201–250 University of East Anglia Norwich
=27 201–250 Goldsmiths, University of London London
=27 201–250 University of Lincoln Lincoln
=27 201–250 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester
=27 201–250 Oxford Brookes University Oxford
=27 201–250 University of Sussex Brighton
=36 251–300 Keele University Keele
=36 251–300 Kingston University London
=36 251–300 Newcastle University Newcastle
=36 251–300 University of Stirling Stirling
=40 301–400 Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Cambridge
=40 301–400 Bangor University Bangor
=40 301–400 University of Bedfordshire Luton
=40 301–400 Cardiff University Cardiff
=40 301–400 University of Central Lancashire Preston
=40 301–400 Coventry University Coventry
=40 301–400 Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh
=40 301–400 University of Hull Hull
=40 301–400 Leeds Beckett University Leeds
=40 301–400 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool
=40 301–400 Middlesex University London
=40 301–400 Northumbria University Newcastle
=40 301–400 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham
=40 301–400 University of Plymouth Plymouth
=40 301–400 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth
=40 301–400 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield
=40 301–400 University of Strathclyde Glasgow
=40 301–400 University of the West of England Bristol
=40 301–400 University of the West of Scotland Paisley
=59 401–500 Birmingham City University Birmingham
=59 401–500 University of Brighton Brighton
=59 401–500 University of East London London
=59 401–500 Edge Hill University Ormskirk
=59 401–500 University of Roehampton London
=59 401–500 Ulster University Belfast
=59 401–500 University of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton
=66 501–600 Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury
=66 501–600 Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff
=66 501–600 University of Chester Chester
=66 501–600 De Montfort University Leicester
=66 501–600 University of Derby Derby
=66 501–600 University of Greenwich London
=66 501–600 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield
=66 501–600 University of Huddersfield Huddersfield
=66 501–600 University of South Wales Newport
=66 501–600 University of Winchester Winchester
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These are the best universities in the UK for education degrees, according to data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

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