12 months
21300 GBP/year
9300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Education (Open Pathway) programme offered by the University of Bristol allows you to design your own programme of study based on your areas of interest, rather than tying you in to a particular subject area. You can therefore pick and choose units from across the seven different specialist pathways as well as from our wider bank of optional units.

Visit the official programme website for more information


After completing the MSc Education (Open Pathway) from University of Bristol , most students want to work in education in some form. But here too there is range in students’ goals and aspirations. Other students want to use the Masters year to develop their skills as educational researchers in order to go on to study for a PhD with us or elsewhere.

A very diverse range of students take this pathway, attracted by the freedom that it offers. Many students are international drawn from a range of countries beyond Europe having recently completed their undergraduate studies.

Many of these students nonetheless have some experience of teaching, volunteering or some other work experience in schools or education more broadly.

Other students, are more mature and returning to education after a longer period of work and so bring a wider wealth of experiences, yet wish to formalise their learning. All this diversity in backgrounds and experiences creates a rich learning environment and sharing of ideas among students and academics alike.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dissertation
  • Addressing Controversial Issues in Education
  • Assessment in Schools
  • Big Ideas in Education
  • Brain, Mind and Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) and a minimum of one week's full-time (or part-time equivalent) paid or voluntary work experience undertaken within the last five years in an education/teaching setting. Non-traditional qualifications/routes will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK: part-time (two years): £4,650
  • UK: part-time (three years): £3,100

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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