Taught course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Business and Leisure

Entry requirements

  • 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.
  • School teachers must be GTC registered in order to follow the PgCert for the schools sector

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This Master of Education course is designed to support the professional development of individuals working in education and training at either school, 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.

Special features

  • 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
  • Option for a face-to-face induction which, although not compulsory, is highly recommended
  • 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 Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma, or full Masters degree
  • If you are working in Higher Education, on completion of the Post Graduate Certificate, you will be eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Where can I study my course?

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)
  • Self-study

PG Cert

Core modules for the tertiary and higher education sectors are:

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education OR
  • Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education;
  • Theory & Practice of E-Learning

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Research Methods & Techniques
  • Qualitative Inquiry.

PgCert Education (Schools Sector)

Core module for the PgCert Education (schools sector) is:

  • Professional Development

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Education for All
  • Learning & Teaching
  • Working Together


Core module is:

  • Action Research in Education

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Leading and Managing Remotely
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Creativity through Collaboration
  • Research Methods and Techniques
  • Developing Potential through Placement
  • Preparing for Masters Level Study
  • Research Supervision.


To achieve the award of Master of Education (MEd) you must complete a research dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-60 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600