Taught course

Professional Education and Leadership

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Students on the course must have access to /be employed in an appropriate work environment (e.g. a school).

Advanced Professional Practice Pathway, Middle Leadership Pathway, Curriculum Pathway, Coaching and Mentoring Pathway,

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Stirling has worked in partnership with local authorities over a number of years to develop a suite of highly-regarded professional education programmes designed to impact directly on professional practices and pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes.

During 2013-15, University researchers worked with a wide range of practitioners from our partner local authorities on three government-funded research and development projects. The findings of these have greatly informed this exciting new programme, which is offered for the first time in 2015. It offers an opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and leadership practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment.
Building on the success and impact of previous programmes, it is also designed taking account of current policy and the Professional Standards framework (GTCS, 2012) to offer participants the opportunity to develop leadership at all levels through developing a critical and enquiring stance to practice.
The benefits of the programme will extend not only to participants but also to colleagues and the wider school community and will lead to the development of strong professional networks both within and beyond the course.
The following optional pathways have been developed to meet individuals’ professional learning interests and career aspirations.
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Middle Leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Digital Social Trends and Professional Practices (Autumn 2016)

Information for international students

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately cannot accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

Fees and funding

UK students
£400 per 20 credit module
International students
£696 per 20 credit module

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Rachel Rankine
+ 44 (0) 1786 466276