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MSc/ PgDip/ e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education

Course Description

This course is for people who facilitate and support learning in their current job, including nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in higher, further and community education, librarians and police trainers. It is a dynamic, interactive and work-related course which has been designed in response to the continuing professional development needs of professionals with an educational role.

By the end of the course you will be able to teach in a broad range of professional contexts in the sound knowledge that your practice is based on solid conceptual principles.

The course will entitle you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (nurses and midwives) for teacher status and for fellowship status to the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It will also develop your understanding and skills of facilitation and teaching. You will become confident in facilitating and supporting the design and delivery of education and in working with technology to enhance learning

Teaching learning and assessment

You will learn through online and face-to-face group discussions, teaching practice, reading, challenge and debate, collaborative case analysis, independent study, presentations and research. Emphasis is placed on building on and developing your own personal experience. Assessments may include personal reflective critiques, e-portfolios, presentations, essays, curriculum documents and literature reviews. Class sizes vary between 8 - 30.

Teaching hours and attendance

The e-PgCert is a fully online part-time course, accessible from anywhere, Most people complete one module per semester. A full-time route is also available for the PgDip/ MSc awards. Some modules on the PgDip/ MSc route still require attendance but are likely to become online in the future.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The e-PgCert is accredited by the NMC for Teacher status (nurses and midwives only) and will entitle you to apply for Recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Recognition by other professional bodies may allow you to record a teaching qualification with your profession.


For the ePgCert, you will complete:
Evidencing Professional Practice (0 credits/ Education in Action (online) (30 credits)/ Curriculum Development (15 credits)/ Introduction to Technology Enhance Learning (15 credits)

For the PgDip, you will also complete:
Current Issues (15 credits), Research (15/30 credits)/ and a further 15/30 credits from a negotiated choice.

If studying for a MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).


Graduates from this course have gone on to develop their educational practice within their current role, to teach in higher education, to work in practice development, and continuing professional development. International students have returned to their home countries to develop education programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many graduates have gained promoted posts or gained additional responsibilities as a result of undertaking the course.

Entry requirements

Normally a UK honours degree or equivalent. In addition, it is possible candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience will be considered. It is anticipated that you have an existing teaching or training role in your workplace - if not, alternative arrangements must be made through your employer or a higher education institution that will facilitate your teaching practice. In addition, for qualified nurses or midwives you must have:
- current first-level professional registration, which is effectively entered on the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
- evidence of professional post-registration experience and
- access to an appropriate practice/clinical area that will allow candidates to meet the outcomes of the course.
Candidates who do not have standard entry requirements may be asked to submit a formative essay to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required at this level.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Visit the MSc/ PgDip/ e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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Last Updated

12 May 2017

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