Taught course

Enhanced Educational Practice

University of the West of Scotland · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the specific admission requirements for Masters courses offered by University of the West of Scotland and should normally hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant experience together with recent academic study.

Months of entry


Course content

The MEd Enhanced Educational Practice is an innovative, flexible, modular course tailored to your needs. The course is ideally suited to people working within education and lifelong learning or working in the wider childcare, healthcare and social work sectors.

About the programme The programme is aligned with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Standard for Career-long Professional Learning and teachers can use modules studied as part of this programme towards their GTCS professional updating portfolio. In addition, the programme is aligned to the HEA standard for teaching and learning in Higher Education, as well as the Scottish Social Services Council’s codes of practice and the Nursing and Midwifery Council standards. It is practice-based and students are required to have ongoing access to opportunities within their professional context, to reflect upon and inquire into practice, throughout the duration of the programme.

The programme uses practical, task-oriented material and activities and a strong emphasis is placed on research to encourage sound critical reflection.

Your learning The programme will broaden and enhance your understanding of important concepts, theories and debates in education, and encourage you to think critically about these matters. It will also enable you to reflect on your own professional practice in a more informed way, and will foster critical awareness of educational methodology to enable you to evaluate the methods used in educational research, and apply critical awareness within your own research. The Certificate comprises a core module, Critical Self-evaluation and Development, and a choice of two modules relevant to your professional context from an approved list. The Diploma phase consists of a core module, Research Methods (Contextualised) and a choice of two optional modules which should relate to your working life. The Masters phase comprises a dissertation in consultation with the programme leader.

Our Careers Adviser says Your enhanced practice and research-based skills will provide additional emphasis to your professional standing and employment opportunities in the education, healthcare and social services sectors.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Stephen Day