This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop confidence and skills to apply the principles of practitioner-based enquiry in education within your own work settings in order to initiate beneficial changes to the organisations in which you work. Through this programme, you will be able to apply knowledge and understanding in leadership to improve your practice and become an effective practitioner.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• This programme is designed for people at different stages in their professional careers from a range of backgrounds in education and allied fields such as social work, health and policing.
• There is a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.
• Research-informed courses will help you to think about practice and policy in the light of current educational thinking and enable you to consider how to improve your own practice to become an effective practitioner. Some of these are unique to Scotland.
• The programme will help you to develop evidence-based, theoretical approaches and practices in critical reflection and judgment that you can apply in relation to your own practice.
• You will be based at our Dumfries campus, set in the beautiful countryside of the South-West of Scotland.
You will take 4 core and 2 optional courses, followed by a research project to be completed over the summer months. The research project can be in the form of a dissertation or practice based, and provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of personal interest to explore in more detail.
• Advanced research methods
• Leadership and management
• Reflective practice and action research
• Working in an inter-agency environment.
• Climate change: Impacts on ecology
• Critical perspectives on knowledge and power
• Critical thinking and communication
• Environment, technology and society
• Environmental communication
• Environmental ethics and behavioural change
• Environmental politics and society
• Reading the environment
• Tourism, sustainability and climate change
• Writing the environment
After the programme, you will have all the necessary attributes to progress into, or enhance your capabilities in, a leadership role within your organisation. If you work directly with young people (teachers, youth workers, police officers, probation officers, health workers), the programme is an excellent step in your professional development. It also provides a foundation for an academic career. The programme will support your career development as a class teacher, lecturer, policy developer, special education professional, head teacher, education administrator or researcher. If you are looking for a leadership role in childhood practice settings, the programme will enhance your personal and professional development.
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.