School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

How to Apply

How to Apply


We welcome applications from students who show the motivation and potential for postgraduate study.

Admission to any of the degrees we offer is not solely on the basis of academic criteria. We consider other information in your application, which indicates potential to succeed.

We have specific application information for PGCE Programmes and for the Language Pathology MSc.

You should apply direct to the University using our online application system.

Make sure you are clear on whether your interest lies with taught or research-led study. Please contact the School if you need any further clarification.

Research students

We advise you to make informal contact with a potential supervisor/programme director before applying. This is so you can be sure this is the right programme and supervisor for you.

For the quickest and easiest way to apply, visit our postgraduate online application site.

Whether you apply online or not, the application must contain the University's standard Postgraduate Application Form and a 500-1,000-word research proposal including theme, field of study and methodology.

We also have information for:

We also have information for international students (including details on English language requirements and training) and students with disabilities.

Teacher Training (PGCE)

The procedure is the same for Primary or Secondary PGCEs.

Teacher Training (PGCE)


Except in exceptional circumstances, students need a 2:2 degree or higher for acceptance. For modern foreign languages, Secondary applicants should have spent a year abroad as part of their degree.

Applicants need to have experience of the English school system through:

  • recent school observation visits
  • volunteering in schools
  • paid work in schools


Course tutors consider all applications made through UCAS to select candidates for interview. Our interviews consist of:

  • a presentation by each applicant
  • written task
  • individual interview

The selection panel are course tutors and partnership school teachers. Under National College for Teaching and Leadership regulations we cannot offer places without interviews.

Making an application

Applications go through a central clearing house. They should reach us by the end of October in the year before entry. There is no closing date for PGCEs though early application is advised.

You will be interviewed in Newcastle before the offer of a place. A £19 application fee is required. Applications should be made via UCAS online.

Further information on teaching as a career is also available.

Black or ethnic minority

If you are from a black or minority ethnic background and are thinking of training to become a teacher, but would like advice, then you can contact the MERIT project:

Sheba Joseph (MERIT advisor)

More information

If you have any questions, please contact PGCE Admissions on:

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6581