Master of Tertiary and Higher Education MEd

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What is special about this course?

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).

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.


Core modules for the tertiary and higher education sectors 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 & Techniques
  • Qualitative Inquiry

PgCert Education (Schools Sector)

Core module for the PgCert Education (schools sector) is:

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)
  • Self-study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time : Flexible learning over 3-5 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • February

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.

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 to a Doctorate of Education (EdD) or PhD.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Master of Tertiary and Higher Education MEd

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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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