Taught course

Professional and Higher Education

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Centre for Academic Practice

Entry requirements

Normally a UK honours degree or equivalent. In addition, it is possible candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience may be considered. It is required that you have an existing teaching role in your workplace at undergraduate level or above. In addition, for qualified nurses or midwives you must have:

  • current first-level professional registration, which is effectively entered on the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
  • evidence of professional post-registration experience and
  • access to an appropriate practice/ clinical area that will allow candidates to meet the outcomes of the course.

Candidates who do not have standard entry requirements may be asked to submit a formative essay to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required at this level.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is for people who work as educators in their current job, including nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in higher, further and community education, librarians and police trainers. It is a dynamic, interactive and work-related course which has been designed in response to the continuing professional development needs of professionals with an educational role. By the end of the course you will be able to teach in a broad range of professional contexts in the sound knowledge that your practice is based on solid conceptual principles.

The course will entitle you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (nurses and midwives) for teacher status and and the Higher Education Academy for fellowship status. It will also develop your understanding and skills of facilitation and teaching. You will become confident in developing courses and in working with technology to enhance learning. The course will provide you with a solid footing to maintain your principles of education in what can often be a challenging environment.

Information for international students

Where your Honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in each section.

Fees and funding

UK students
£550 per 15 credit module
International students
£1,280 per 15 credit module

This course does NOT receive any NHS or SAAS funding, the majority of students self fund their studies or apply for a Professional Career Development Loan. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/AdultLearning/FinancialHelpForAdultLearners/CareerDevelopmentLoans/index.htm

International Funding

Qualification and course duration


24-48 months


48-84 months

Course contact details

Iddo Oberski
+44 (0) 131 474 0000