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Can I do a Master's degree or study abroad year?

Applicants applying to join the 2019 Cohort must study an approved course on a full-time basis over no longer than 3 years. Unfortunately, for applicants starting their university course in Autumn 2019, we cannot support deferral years for a Masters or study abroad year. 

You may wish to consider applying for a 3 year course on the basis that the Future Teaching Scholars programme does offer you the opportunity to complete a postgraduate 60 credit Masters module with Durham University, involving a supervised independent study, that would count toward your total credits should you wish to study a Master’s degree once you have completed your six years on the programme. Upon completion, you would be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Evidence in Education (PGCEiE).

If you are interested in applying to the Future Teaching Scholars programme, but are ineligible because you are planning to study a 4-year degree course, please email us at, and we will contact you if any changes are made to the programme which may affect your eligibility.

The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a 6-year, full-time programme which comprises:

  • Years 1-3 Undergraduate study (£5,000 at the start of each academic year)
  • Year 4 Postgraduate employment-based teacher training (Paid on the unqualified teacher scale)
  • Years 5-6 Employed as a maths or physics teacher (Paid on the qualified teacher scale)