Your career

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A postgraduate degree from the School of Education provides an excellent foundation for work in some of the world's leading organisations, the teaching profession (both in the UK and abroad) and in many areas of government, including ministries of Education.

You'll develop transferable skills such as critical thinking, team working and project management, as well as advanced research skills through your dissertation or final project. You'll also have access to ongoing career and development support.

Rewarding careers

In recent years, our Masters graduates have gone on to work in roles including:

  • Teaching (senior roles in primary, secondary, tertiary, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teaching)
  • Director of learning 
  • Educational consultancy
  • Educational research 
  • Social research 

Careers support

A Masters degree can really help you to stand out in today’s competitive job market. Our award-winning Careers Centre is on hand to support you from day one, with a variety of activity including:

  • career guidance appointments
  • support with your CV
  • interview advice and practise
  • careers fairs and employer presentations
  • access to a vacancy database advertising local, national and global vacancies.

You'll also have access to the Leeds Network — an extensive online network of alumni with a wide range of experiences, doing all kinds of jobs. You can contact alumni from the School of Education, or those in careers you’re interested in, to find out how they might be able to help you.

Once you graduate you will still have access to the University of Leeds Careers Centre services.

For those graduates who can't visit the Careers Centre in person, but need advice, then you can ask your questions using the e-guidance service. Alternatively, you can contact the Careers Centre on +44 (0) 113 343 5295 or email:

You can also register for a graduate log in to access the exclusive MyCareer database of local, national and international job opportunities, as well as many student and graduate internship opportunities. 

Preparing for further study

A number of our Masters students also progress onto research degrees to pursue careers in research or academia. As a postgraduate student at Leeds, you can access comprehensive research training, including workshops on writing research proposals and applications for grant funding.

Find out more about research degree opportunities.

Imogen Wilson MA Childhood Studies

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“As part of the course I was given the opportunity to do an internship with the Child Friendly City Team within Leeds City Council. I did a variety of different activities within this internship, and met some lovely people who share my passion. The internship enabled me to develop many skills, and has given me career ideas.”
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