Taught course

Higher Education Practice

University of the West of Scotland · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the specific admission requirements for Masters programmes 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. In addition, for the Certificate, a regular teaching commitment at SCQF level 7 or above is required.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme delivers professional accreditation and academic qualifications and uses practical, task-oriented activities that participants apply to their own educational context. It addresses the broader socio-cultural and international contexts within which HE sits, as well as the professional contexts of HE practice. Internationalisation and inclusion inform all aspects of the curriculum, ensuring the programme’s relevancy to those working in local, national and international higher education.

The certificate comprises two core modules:

  • Theory, Practice and Professional Identity;
  • and Innovation into Practice.

The Diploma phase comprises one compulsory module: Contemporary Issues in HE: local and global; and two optional modules selected from: Leadership Matters in HE; Internationalisation: Issues and Approaches; Research Supervisory Practice; and Research Methods(Contextualised) – compulsory for those progressing to the Masters phase. The Masters phase comprises a dissertation in consultation with the programme leader.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Dr Jeannie Daniels