An undergraduate honours degree.
Candidates must be in employment in education or training.
Candidates without academic qualifications but with experience of appropriate professional or administrative responsibility will be considered on an individual basis. These candidates may be required to complete an assessment to assess their suitability or successfully complete the Preparing for Master's Level Study module.
Months of entry
This MEd Tertiary and Higher Education is designed to support the professional development of individuals working in education and training at either tertiary or higher education level. The intention is to strengthen and enhance participants' understanding of educational issues whilst raising their professional profiles.
You will be encouraged to discuss and analyse information from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and apply them to your own professional practice. You will have the opportunity to focus your studies on an area of professional educational interest whilst developing research skills and an understanding of ethical principles in higher education.
The course can help you to make changes in your professional practice that can have a positive impact on you and on your learners.
For those working in higher education, on successful completion of the PgCert, you will be eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the
Higher Education Academy (HEA). The course also offers specialist modules for those working in a clinical practice and who teach; for example, nursing or dental students. Students who choose this option can exit with a PgCert Clinical Pedagogy or continue on to the full MEd Tertiary and Higher Education.
It is recommended that you attend the face-to-face induction offered at the beginning of the course.
- 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 available to study part time, online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitment
- Reflective learning is at the heart of this course allowing you to use your learning to enhance your professional practice
- You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or full Masters degree
PgCert (Tertiary and Higher Education)
Core modules are:
Teaching and Learning in Tertiary and Higher Education
Theory & Practice of E-Learning
You will also choose one option module which may include:
Research Methods and Techniques
Qualitative Research and Data Analysis
PgCert (Clinical Pedagogy)
Core modules are:
teaching and learning in tertiary and higher education
teaching and learning in the clinical environment
assessment in the clinical environment.
Note: These modules are not available to international students.
The core module is:
mixed methods and action research.
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
research methods and techniques
developing potential through placement
preparing for masters level study
applying psychology to learning
To achieve the award of MEd Tertiary and Higher Education you must complete a research dissertation.
How will I study my course
You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
This course is available online with support from Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
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.
Top five reasons to study at UHI
1. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
2. Choice of campuses - from small, rural and island communities, to the busy towns and cities of the region, our 13 friendly, safe campuses offer something for everyone
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5. Flexible learning options mean that you can study part time or full time, online from home or work, or at one of our campuses or local learning centres, and fit your study into your life
Information for international students
If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international
English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
Fees and funding
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
Course contact details
- UHI Information Line
- 0845 272 3600