Critical Enquiry MEd

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What is special about this course?

The Master of Education: Critical Enquiry is a three year part-time online programme for professionals working in education settings. Participants build on their skills in reflective practice to critically engage with educational theory, research, policy and complex professional issues.

The programme utilises a collaborative approach to online learning, with learning activities designed to develop teacher agency, support professional dialogue and develop critical enquiry to inform practice. Participants choose the focus of their work on each module to fit with their professional interests and responsibilities. The collaborative learning activities support participants to work together on practice and develop creative responses to professional issues.

Special features

  • The course is fully online allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills
  • Specifically you will use theory to reflect on practice; critically reflect and engage with a range of professional issues and develop your collaborative skills and work as an effective member of a team
  • You will carry out educational enquiries and research in your workplace
  • There is an induction day in June when you will meet fellow students and hear the outcome of education enquiries from students already on the course


Entry requirements

  • Honours or ordinary degree with relevant practice experience
  • You must be employed full or part-time within an education setting.


  • Introduction to Critical Enquiry
  • Policy and Practice
  • Collaborative Enquiry


  • School based research approaches
  • Critical reflection and enquiry
  • Teacher Agency and professional practice


To achieve the award of MEd you must submit a proposal for and complete an educational enquiry project.

How will I study my course?

  • Part time (structured)

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from tutors and fellow students.

When applying you will select the college where you will enrol and receive support from your personal academic tutor.

How long will my course last?

Part time (structured): 3 years

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The programme provides teachers working in Scotland with direct links to the professional standard structure they work within (GTCS, 2012) and will provide individual participants with evidence to support the process of professional update that they engage in to record their professional learning

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Critical Enquiry MEd

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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