Professional Practice in Education MEd

Professional Practice in Education MEd

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





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    Part-time: Two-five years.

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This part-time Masters award offers you a career-enhancing and attractive way of supporting and accrediting your Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in Education. The emphasis is on flexibility, collegiality, collaboration, with a focus on practice and a critical approach to professionalism, underpinned by applied research.

The MEd uses a suite of modules delivered across 3 semesters, at the UCLan campus in Preston and in selected partner colleges. It is linked to a range of professional development awards providing flexible access and progression. You choose modules to complement your professional needs, culminating in an applied project for the MEd. The Masters in Education programme has interim target and exit awards of PG Certificate and PG Diploma.

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Entry Requirements

This Masters award is a taught award linked to continuing professional development with a focus on practitioner research. Participants on the in-house programme will normally be employed by the University of Central Lancashire or in an associated HEI or college of FE and will have demonstrated ability to cope with Master’s level study either through APEL or previous qualifications, eg PG Certificate.

Access to the programme will be open to new participants with previous appropriate PG Diploma or PG Certificates from other institutions but degree and extent of APL/credits will be agreed on an individual case by case basis.

Entry requirements onto the PG Diploma without a PG certificate will include for example:-

  • First degree or equivalent professional qualification plus related work experience.
  • Successful experience of level 3 final year study in last 5 years plus related work experience.

Plus in both cases the recommendation of line manager.

If you do not meet either of these requirements, you will still be welcome to apply on confirmation of ability to cope with Masters level study as a result of completing a diagnostic activity, presentation of a portfolio, or extended CV and interview.

Good command of written and spoken English. Links with an educational institution for practitioner research and work based learning.

Programme at a Glance

To gain the MEd, you need 9 modules (8 at Level 7). The PGDiploma is gained from completing 6 modules, which can build on the PGCert in FE, or the PGCert in LTHE, or the PGCert Midwifery. The Masters then requires a Triple Masters Project in the final year.

Select 2 research methods modules, plus 4 options and compulsory Masters project.

Modules contributing to the PGDiploma and Masters in Professional Practice in Education include:

  • ED4995 Designing and Planning your Research
  • ED4003 Methods and Methodologies
  • EH4110 Action Research
  • EH4106 The Critical Professional
  • EH4105 Professional Development Student Initiated Module
  • EH4118 or NU4005 Writing and Presentation
  • EH4119 Developing Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • EH4107 Curriculum Design
  • EH4111 Double Dissertation Module
  • EH4112 Triple Dissertation Module

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How to Apply

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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

As a practice focused professional award, learning is situated in and around practice and therefore part-time students can build on study to develop careers, enhance educational and organisational practice and to feed learning directly back into their setting.

Because of the nature of this award learning around specific modules can be used to inform professional status and good standing linked to the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Learning Environment and Assessment

This part-time professional development Masters uses theory, scholarship and research to inform and support reflection and critique of work-based practice. The learning environment emphasises collegial and collaborative learning with a community of practitioners from all educational settings. Learning emphasises the social construction of knowledge with peers using learning sets, workshops, peer-supported reflection and draws on practice and scholarship to support the development of scholarly professionals and work-based learning.

Assessment is varied and encourages creativity in assignments so that assessment acts as a vehicle supporting and structuring learning: dialogue, critical discussions, presentations, academic papers, posters, reflective writing, portfolios, annotated bibliographies and academic papers form some of the range of assessments within the programme.

I've really enjoyed it and I feel like I've really developed as a practitioner as well as an academic. The new skills are already coming in useful with my new job.


This is a work-based part-time award. Participants are all studying part-time and working within educational settings.

Graduates from the award have gone on to become Directors and champions of Teaching and Learning, achieve promotions, to complete professional doctorates and have made significant impact on their careers in HE, Lifelong learning settings and as managers within Schools.

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