Taught course

Critical Enquiry

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

Honours or ordinary degree with relevant practice experience. You must be employed full or part-time within an education setting

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Education: Critical Enquiry is a three year part-time online programme for professionals working in education settings. Participants build on their skills in reflective practice to critically engage with educational theory, research, policy and complex professional issues.

The programme utilises a collaborative approach to online learning, with learning activities designed to develop teacher agency, support professional dialogue and develop critical enquiry to inform practice. Participants choose the focus of their work on each module to fit with their professional interests and responsibilities. The collaborative learning activities support participants to work together on practice and develop creative responses to professional issues.

Special features
  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • The course is fully online allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments;
  • You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills;
  • Specifically you will use theory to reflect on practice; critically reflect and engage with a range of professional issues and develop your collaborative skills and work as an effective member of a team;
  • You will carry out educational enquiries and research in your workplace;
  • There is an induction day in June when you will meet fellow students and hear the outcome of education enquiries from students already on the course.

Course Content

PgCert: Introduction to Critical Enquiry, Policy and Practice, Collaborative Enquiry.

PgDip: School based research approaches, Critical reflection and enquiry, Teacher Agency and professional practice.

MEd: To achieve the award of MEd you must submit a proposal for and complete an educational enquiry project.

Locations - This course is available online with support from:

Argyll College UHI, West Bay, Dunoon, PA23 7HP

Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA

Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ

Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

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Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish (inc EU) on-site £520; Rest of UK on-site £650. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation
International students
Not available to International Students

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
Part Time 36 months

Course contact details

UHI information line
0845 272 3600