Applications Open for the Enhanced Masters in Learning and Teaching 2016


 Through OCL and the Oxford Education Deanery, the Enhanced Masters Programme has been designed to extend the existing University of Oxford MSc in Learning and Teaching (MLT) with a bespoke programme of localised support, mentoring and the opportunity to implement research in practice. 

The MLT is a part-time Masters programme which consists of a taught year, followed by a large research and development project. The University-based element of the MLT is a two-year programme if you have 60 M-level credits from your PGCE, or for applicants without 60 M-level credits the programme takes 3 years. This is then followed by the Deanery Enhancement Year. Full details of the core programme can be found on the University website. Please contact Nigel Fancourt or Louise Gully if you have any queries about the MLT course:

In the Deanery Enhancement Year, you will be expected to mentor teachers undertaking a Masters or an Action Research Fellowship or in-house research project. There is also the opportunity to lead and co-teach OCL enhancement sessions throughout OCL schools. The enhanced element of the programme is designed to use the knowledge, understanding and research skills acquired through the MLT to establish how research is effectively applied in practice and support participants to teach, mentor and coach others within and across OCL Schools.

 The enhanced MLT programme is designed to:

  • Maximise the impact of new research on teaching
  • Provide the opportunity for teachers to gain an MSc in Learning and Teaching
  • Provide local cross-school support for participants and mentors
  • Contribute to building communities of research-engaged professionals within and across OCL

Further details on the Enhanced Masters Programme can be found on the OCL website. Please also speak to your CPD coordinator and/or Headteacher at school for any further details about this CPD opportunity.


Who is eligible?

Applications are welcome from all professionals at any stage in their career who have a keen interest in deepening and exploring best and next practice, and a desire to implement meaningful change.  They will be at the top of their game with a track record of good and outstanding teaching and a good honours degree, normally 2.1.  In addition, applicants will need to satisfy the entry Requirements of the University of Oxford. Having achieved the Masters qualification, participants will further develop their career by contributing to the enhanced element of the programme in the following year and this will be a requirement for receiving funding.

Costs and support

The current cost of the MSc is c. £2,955 per year in years 1 and 2, plus a one-off payment of c. £1,500 for college fees due in the final year. For the Enhanced Masters cohort, £750 of this final fee will be waived by Brasenose College (for students who chose to join Brasenose for that final year).

For those without 60 M credits there is an extra year of tuition fees. You will also be eligible for a university bursary of £450 if you are within your first three years of teaching at the start of the course. Please visit for a fuller explanation of University tuition fees. 

OCL schools, academies and colleges will offer a grant of £1,000 for each of two years of MLT tuition fees (£2,000 in total).

In addition each OCL partner will provide a school-based research mentor for participating MSc students.  Each participant will be entitled to one day leave of absence, per academic year, for study or for an enhancement activity.

Application process

There are two parts to the application:

  1. Application for funding should be made direct to employer by no later than Friday 10 June 2016. Applicants need to write a letter of application to their Headteacher/Principal on one side of A4 outlining their reasons for applying, their possible research interest and the reasons the school should invest in them.  Individual schools will decide on how many teachers to support. 
  2. Successful applicants will then need to apply to the University.

Application to the University of Oxford

Applications are made online at:

Please note it is university policy to review applications until the course is full, or the application window closes at the end of August.  However we strongly advise early application preferably no later than 30th June 2016.  

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