Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) PGDE

Male teacher in a classroom

This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE): 10 months full-time :
  • Applications to PGDE must be made through UCAS

Why this programme

  • If you are an aspiring teacher, this programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values you need to become the committed professional necessary for today‚Äôs schools.
  • The programme consists of 18 weeks of study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools.
  • As well as offering courses in educational and curricular issues, the programme also highlights the importance of practitioner enquiry. This systematic reflection on teaching in the classroom gives the programme its distinctive Masters character.

Programme structure

The programme will prepare you to meet the demands of the profession through the following areas of study:

  • Understanding learning and teaching
  • Learning and teaching in the primary curriculum
  • Professional enquiry
  • School placements.

We also offer the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

GTC Qualification

You will have the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland qualification to pursue teaching roles in schools. Many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.

Professional Practice with PGDE, MEd 

On successful completion of your PGDE you will have the opportunity to transfer your 90 Masters-level credits from your PGDE into this programme. For further information, please see:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Teachers

The School of Education also provides an extensive range of CPD opportunities for teachers and others involved in education. Our CPD is designed to be as flexible as possible, including daytime, twilight, weekend and vacation modes, and ranging from one-off courses to full programmes. For further information, please see:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20



  • Full-time fee: £17620

Scottish and EU fees - £1820; Rest of UK fees - £9,250

For applicants starting in 2018 please refer to the 2018-19 fees table.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Postgraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards Postgraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is £2,000 and they are for students undertaking a one or two year Taught Masters programme, in any of the University’s Colleges. For two year Taught Masters programmes, the scholarship is available in year one only. 

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

PGDE Primary Education

All applications to this programme will be assessed based on academic qualifications and relevant work experience as demonstrated through the Personal Statement.

Applicants may be invited for interview. Applicants with excellent qualifications and significant work experience with children and/or young people may be made an offer without being interviewed.

Academic Entry Requirements:

  1. Applicants must have graduated (or completing in the current year) with a degree from a UK University or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK. Whilst all degree classifications will be considered (including non-honours/ordinary degrees), priority will be given to applicants who have attained (or are on track to attain in the current year) a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent).
  2. All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of English at Higher Grade C and Maths at National 5 Grade C PRIOR to their application being considered. Applications will be rejected if these minimum qualifications have not been attained prior to application. Attainment of the minimum entry qualifications does not guarantee that the application will progress. Priority will be given to applicants who have exceeded the minimum requirements and in particular to applicants who have attained English at Higher Grade B (or above) and Higher Grade C (or above) in Mathematics.

Acceptable alternative qualifications in English

  1. Communications 4 and Literature 1
  2. GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade B or above
  3. Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade H3 or above
  4. SCQF 6 English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen

Acceptable alternative qualifications in Mathematics

  1. Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above
  2. GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or above
  3. Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B3 or above
  4. National 5 Maths or National 5 Lifeskills Maths at grade C or above
  5. SCQF 6 Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen

Note: We will accept alternate International qualifications in English and Mathematics where evidence is provided via NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).

For older qualifications see Appendix D of the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of ITE in Scotland.

Evidence of completed qualifications

At the point of submitting your application, it is highly recommended that you have included all your qualifications at that time, including High School Maths and English on the UCAS application form. If you have omitted any qualifications, there will be a delay in processing your application. We do allow 7 days from submitting your application for you to forward missing documents by email to

Due to the competitive nature of this course and the high volume of applications received, unfortunately if we do not receive the required documents within the 7-day timescale, your application will be rejected.

Teaching in Catholic schools

The Scottish Government expects the School of Education to provide numbers of teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Scotland. This particular programme provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools. The design of the programme necessarily reflects the denominational sector requirements and prospective applicants should consider this before applying. The School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to those who indicated, in their personal statement, their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education.

Disclosure Scotland

If you are accepted to the PGDE you must undertake a Criminal Conviction check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check.

Fitness to Practise

Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional standards and expectations. Students registered to study on initial teacher education degrees are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Faculty Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to students on the PGDE programme.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:

How to apply

Whilst the PGDE programmes are only open to Postgraduate Students (see Entry Requirements), unlike all other Postgraduate degrees, ALL PGDE applications must be made online through the UCAS website:

Applications are accepted from September with a closing date of 15th January for entry the following academic year. Please note that we do not consider deferred entry to the PGDE programmes.

The University of Glasgow UCAS codes (required for online UCAS application) are as follows:

  • PGDE Primary Education: X100: Applications now open for 2019

Please note that degree level 'Undergraduate' must be selected, in order to locate the PGDE programmes on UCAS.

More information about this programme