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A unique opportunity for international students to gain a Master's degree in Teaching and Learning, supported by the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Why study Teaching and Learning with QTS?

This unique programme offers you the opportunity to train as a teacher in England while studying for your Master's degree. 

This Teaching and Learning degree is designed to support the academic and professional development of international students who wish to study in London, develop as teachers and enhance their career prospects in England and in their home country.

The focus on Mathematics or Physics reflects the national shortage of teachers in these areas and offers students the opportunity to contribute to teacher development and policy in schools and institutions internationally. 

Are you thinking 'can I teach maths or physics?' You don’t need to have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or physics; you need a good level of English and a good Gao Kao score in mathematics and - if you wish to teach physics - a good science Gao Kao score as well. We will teach you the rest!

Why St Mary's?

Our mission is to encourage, empower and support students to give, learn and belong to the St Mary's learning community. Our students are motivated to fulfil their potential, think critically and become global citizens through excellent, research-enriched teaching in a strong community of mutual respect, generosity of spirit and inclusiveness.

Building on our long tradition of excellent practice in teacher education, St Mary's provides a unique opportunity for international students through this professional Master’s degree. We are renowned for our caring student-centred approach: in 2016 we are ranked first in London for Student Satisfaction. We are ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for Initial Teacher Training in both Primary and Secondary sectors. 

The programme offers two distinctive pathways: Mathematics and Physics with opportunities to develop skills in teaching Mandarin.

Key facts

  • Master's programme with Qualified Teacher Status
  • School experience and supported development of teaching skills and application
  • Subject knowledge development for the English curriculum - applying your knowledge to the learning experiences of young people
  • Opportunities to introduce and develop Mandarin for schools

Course content


  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation  Core
  • Curriculum and Assessment  Core
  • Research Methods and Educational Research Design  Core
  • Understanding Teaching and Learning Core
  • Pedagogy For Subject Development (Mathematics) Core (Mathematics)
  • Pedagogy For Subject Development (Physics) Core (Physics)
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

St Mary's University initial teacher training programmes have constantly high employment rates - no less than 60% of our students are employed by our partnership schools and schools where they have undertaken placements during their teaching programme.

Nationally and internationally the need to recruit Mathematics and Physics teachers is growing. In England this is of particular concern with international teachers of secondary mathematics and secondary physic highly sought after. Many of our partner schools have already joined this

Many of our partner schools have already joined this programme to train and employ international teachers specialising in mathematics and physics.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, micro teaching, online learning, guided and independent learning. School placements develop your applied skills in either mathematics or physics working in secondary school age phases. In addition, enhancement placements in a range of settings including a focus on Mandarin for Chinese students.

For other international or home students, these placements include a focus on special educational needs and disability, leadership development or a second subject.

Assessment methods

Assessment approaches include portfolios, essays, schemes of work and lesson planning. Formative and online assessment focuses on your subject knowledge development and application.

Second year assessments also include research design and implementation and an in-depth academic paper with presentation. School placements are assessed adjacent to the Teachers' Standards through a portfolio of evidence.

Term dates for 2019/20 students

  • Term one: September - December 2019
  • Term two: January - March 2020
  • Term three: April - June 2020

Year two of the programme is a three-term timetable completing in June 2021.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £17,000

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £17,500

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


Please note: the fees listed on this page are for the duration of the degree.

Please note: the fees listed on this page are for the duration of the degree.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about goverment-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information