Taught course

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

University of Glasgow · School of Education

Entry requirements

You must have recent experience of teaching in higher education in order to undertake the PgDip/MEd programme. This is because the assessed work requires you to make links between research, theory and your own teaching practice. Please note you may be asked to provide evidence of your HE teaching experience.

For entry onto the PgDip you must hold a recent PgCert in Academic Practice or PgCert in Learning and teaching in HE. Alternatively, if you are an experienced HE teacher you may wish to make a claim for Accreditation of Prior Learning. Please contact the programme leader for more information.

You should also include a 250-500 word personal statement which includes an overview of your most recent experience of teaching in higher education. If you are not a University of Glasgow staff member, please indicate the name(s) of the institution(s) at which you teach. As a guide, you might include some or all of the following information:

  • whether you teach/have taught undergraduate students, postgraduates or both
  • the programme(s) on which you have taught
  • the range and kinds of teaching methods you use (eg lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, online teaching).
  • the assessment methods you use (eg examinations, essays, laboratory reports, presentations, dissertations)
  • what you hope to achieve in your teaching
  • the main challenges you face in your teaching
  • how you think your participation on the MEd programme will support your learning and teaching practice.

If you are looking for primary/secondary school teaching, you should apply for our PGDE.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers the opportunity to deepen your understanding of academic practice within the university setting.

Why this programme

  • This is Scotland’s first distance learning Masters programme in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.
  • The programme is firmly grounded in current relevant research. Participants are supported to make connections between theory, evidence and their own learning and teaching practice.
  • There is a focus on collaborative learning online, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.

Programme structure

Courses are taught entirely online, allowing flexibility for you to balance your study and work commitments.

Core courses

Entrance credits

It is expected that the first 60 credits will be achieved through completion of the PgCert in Academic Practice or PgCert in Learning and teaching in HE or equivalent.


  • Designing higher education research
  • Evaluating the quality of higher education research
  • Exploring key themes in academic practice.



Career prospects

Masters level study is increasingly recognised in the UK HE sector for staff development. The knowledge and skills you gain during this programme will help enhance your career in the university environment.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

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:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£1,694 per 20 credits

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Learning adn Teaching