Digital Pedagogy MEd
Course code X400
What is special about this course?
This MEd Digital Pedagogy course is designed to support the professional development of individuals working in education and training at either tertiary or higher education level, specifically in the contemporary digital environment. The intention is to strengthen and enhance participants' understanding of digital 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. This will be focused especially on teaching and learning in the digital environment and you will be critically analysing and creating digital educational resources. 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.
- The course is available to study part-time online, through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
- 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 PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree
- If you are member of staff or a postgraduate research student of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and are practicing in relation to higher education learning and teaching, you will be eligible to use your work on the PgCert to achieve Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Honours degree or above
- You 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.
*Funding support notice*
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-domiciled students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland-domiciled students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
You will study three of the following modules:
- Teaching and learning in tertiary and higher education
- Theory and practice of eLearning
- Research methods and techniques
- Qualitative inquiry
- Quantitative research and data analysis
Core modules are:
- Creating digital educational resources
- Digital literacy and open education
- Mixed methods and action research
To achieve the award of MEd Digital Pedagogy, you must complete a research dissertation.
For more detailed information about the course modules, please see our Module descriptors document.
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
- This method of flexible study enables you to fit your course and your professional development around your personal and professional life.
- An online induction will take place prior to your first module. It is not compulsory but is highly recommended
How long will my course last?
- Part-time: 3 - 5 years
Where can I study my course?
- North, West and Hebrides
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£584|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,752|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,504|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,256|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:
|Per module (20 credits)||£669||£720|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£2,007||£2,160|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£4,014||£4,320|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits)||£6,021||£6,480|
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|2022-23||With scholarship||2023-24||With scholarship|
|Per module (20 credits)||£1,010||£760||£1,080||£810|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£3,030||£2,280||£3,240||£2,430|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits)||£6,060||£4,560||£6,480||£4,860|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits)||£9,090||£6,840||£9,720||£7,290|
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:
|Per module (20 credits)||£1,010||£1,080|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£3,030||£3,240|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits)||£5,880||£6,480|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits)||£9,090||£9,720|
This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time can apply for a tuition fee loan from SAAS. You must be intending to complete the course in no longer than twice the length of time it would take for a full-time student. For example, if your course is available to full-time students as a one-year programme, you will be funded for a maximum of two years' part-time study. If your course does not have a full-time option, you must complete within three years. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500, which will be paid pro-rata for each academic year of study.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.
What can I do on completion of my course?
On successful completion of this course you might like to consider a career in educational training or educational management. This course can provide a strong base for those wishing to undertake a Doctorate of Education (EdD) or PhD.
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