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Professional Practice in Education - MEd

University of Central Lancashire · School of Psychology and Humanities

Entry requirements

Participants on the in-house programme will normally be employed by the University of Central Lancashire or in an associated Higher Education Institution or college of Further Education.

Applicants will have demonstrated ability to cope with Master’s level study either through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or previous qualifications.

Access to the programme will be open to new participants with previous appropriate Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificates from other institutions but degree and extent of Accreditation of Prior Learning or credits will be agreed on an individual case by case basis.

More information on non-standard applications available on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time master’s award in Professional Practice in Education offers you a career-enhancing and attractive way of supporting and accrediting your Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in Education. The emphasis is on flexibility, collegiality, collaboration, with a focus on practice and a critical approach to professionalism, underpinned by applied research.

The MEd uses a suite of modules delivered across three semesters, at the University’s Preston Campus and in selected partner colleges. It is linked to a range of professional development awards providing flexible access and progression.

Why study with us

  • This part-time professional development master’s uses theory, scholarship and research to inform and support reflection and critique of work-based practice.
  • This is a work-based part-time award. You’ll be studying part-time and working within an educational setting.

What you'll do

  • You’ll choose modules to complement your professional needs, culminating in an applied project for the MEd.
  • The teaching team are all experienced educational practitioners who have worked in Further and Higher Education and some also in teacher education, and are well respected active researchers in their field.

Future careers

Graduates from the award have gone on to become Directors and champions of Teaching and Learning, achieve promotions, to complete professional doctorates and have made significant impact on their careers in HE, Lifelong learning settings and as managers within Schools.

Learning and assessment

The learning environment emphasises collegial and collaborative learning with a community of practitioners from all educational settings. Learning emphasises the social construction of knowledge with peers using learning sets, workshops, peer-supported reflection and draws on practice and scholarship to support the development of scholarly professionals and work-based learning.

Assessment is varied and encourages creativity in assignments so that assessment acts as a vehicle supporting and structuring learning: dialogue, critical discussions, presentations, academic papers, posters, reflective writing, portfolios, annotated bibliographies and academic papers form some of the range of assessments within the programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEd
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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