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Professional Practice in Education

3 years
September 2024

Our Masters in Professional Practice in Education programme is ideal for educational practitioners currently employed in various phases of education. This includes Primary; Secondary; Further Education; Higher Education and broader educational settings such as Alternative Provision and Academies.

Why study with us

  • You'll have the option to exit with a PGDip after two years or one year if you have sufficient accreditation to prior learning (APL) credits. 
  • This is a work-based part-time award. You’ll study part-time while working within an educational setting.
  • Learn from experienced staff with research or practice in the areas of teaching and learning, professional development or education.

What you'll do

  • The course is delivered part-time over 2 to 3 years. You'll have the flexibility to fit your studies around your employment or current commitments. This enables you more choice in designing your own programme according to your particular areas of interest.
  • Option to accredit prior learning (APL) which will reduce the number of modules you will need to take to complete the award.
  • You can select modules from a range of topics such as; curriculum design, innovation in teaching and learning, professional development, professional writing and communication and Leadership.


Pathway 1

If you have a degree (or equivalent) and a Cert Ed, DTLLS or PGCE with no Level 7 credits, the PG Diploma takes two years.

Your teaching qualification will give you credit for one module, so you will take five modules over two years.

You can exit with the PG Diploma or proceed on to the Master’s in Education (MEd) programme for a further year.

Pathway 2

 If you have a PGCE or PGCert in Learning and Teaching in HE with appropriate Level 7 credits. The PG Diploma takes one year, followed by one more year if you wish to continue and complete the MEd programme.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Clare Winder
Programme Director Teacher Education
Dr Charlotte Barrow
Senior Lecturer in Education
Joanna Rassello
Senior Lecturer
Dr Jacqueline Dodding
Lecturer in Education
Tanya Evans
Senior Lecturer of Initial Teacher Education

Future careers

This programme is ideal for professionals seeking job opportunities in sectors requiring a broad range of education-focused knowledge and analytic skills. Others may choose to seek careers in education leadership and practice, inclusion and social justice, and school improvement. 

Fees and funding

Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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