Taught course

Tertiary and Higher Education

University of the Highlands and Islands · Humanities and Gaelic

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 or successfully complete the Preparing for Master's Level Study module.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

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.

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 Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or full Masters degree

If you are working in Higher Education, on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


PgCert (tertiary and higher education sectors)

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 Inquiry

Qualitative Research and Data Analysis

PgCert Education (Schools Sector)

Core modules are:

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:

Qualitative Inquiry

Research Methods and Techniques

Qualitative Research and Data Analysis

Developing Potential through Placement

Preparing for Masters Level Study

Research Supervision

Creativity through Collaboration

Leading and Managing Remotely


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

3. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

4. Do something different and special - UHI has expertise in a variety of specialist subjects, including: renewable energy; adventure tourism; Gaelic; archaeology; marine science; art and textiles, and more!

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

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation
International students
This course is not available to International Students

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-60 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600