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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 -5 years part time

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    21 January 2018

Course content

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.  


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

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.


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.


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.

Visit the Professional Practice in Education - MEd page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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