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 while 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 while 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 also offers specialist modules for those working in a clinical practice and who teach, for example; nursing or dental students. Students who choose this option can exit with a PgCert Clinical Pedagogy or continue on to the full MEd Tertiary and Higher Education.

It is recommended that you attend the face-to-face induction offered at the beginning of the course.

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 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 working in higher education, on completion of the PgCert, you will be eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Are you ready..?

We have developed a self-assessment tool which allows you to assess your suitability for studying at Masters level and provides you with a better understanding of the underpinning knowledge and skills you should possess prior to starting on the programme.

  • Use the self-assessment service
    (This will take you to a login page where you will create an account using your email address. This information will only be used for tracking, informing you of your progress, and also resetting your password.)

Work your way through the statements and abilities to receive your results. This should take you around 10 minutes. Results are presented as a spidergram/radar chart. You can review a range of resources related to each of the 12 abilities. You can download all of these or dip in. Once you have had a look at some of the resources, then please complete this very short questionnaire.

Entry requirements

  • 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in any subject. A third or ordinary degree will be considered with appropriate professional experience
  • Candidates with no formal qualifications, who can demonstrate a capability and engagement in appropriate CPD, will also be considered, in some cases with the completion of a bridging module
  • Candidates must be in employment in education or training


*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.


You will study the following core modules:

  • Teaching and learning in tertiary and higher education
  • Theory and practice of e-learning

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Research methods and techniques
  • Quantitative research and data analysis
  • Qualitative inquiry

Those working in a clinical practice and who teach (for example, nursing or dental students) may study the core Clinical Pedagogy modules below, and either exit at this point with a PgCert Clinical Pedagogy, or continue on to the full MEd Tertiary and Higher Education:

  • Teaching and learning in tertiary and higher education
  • Teaching and learning in the clinical environment
  • Assessment in the clinical environment

Note: These modules are not available to international students.


You will study the following core module:

  • Mixed methods and action research

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
  • Applying psychology to learning


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 18 months to 5 years, depending on exit award

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • February


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £960
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,880
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,760
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,640
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £900
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,700
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,400
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,120

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


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

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

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.

Can I progress into further study?

This course can provide a strong base for those wishing to undertake to a Doctorate of Education (EdD) or PhD.

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Apply for Tertiary and Higher Education MEd

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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