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MSc Professional and Higher Education/PgDip/e-PgCert

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- Integrated and dynamic course designed to be applied to your own work context.
- Flexible modules allow you to fit study into your busy life.
- Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Teacher Award) and aligns with UK Professional Standards Framework which offers the opportunity to apply for HEA accreditation.

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.


Delivery: Mostly online with some attendance for the PgDip/MSc at QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: up to 7 years For e-PgCert up to 4 years (part-time)

Start date: September 2016 (in exceptional cases January 2017)

Application deadline: none

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: Some modules are studied on campus and require you to attend classes. The e-PgCert modules are only available through online learning. Most people undertake the course part-time, completing one module per semester. A full-time route is also available.

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.

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 postregistration 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.

Home/EU - part-time: £475 per 15 credit module

International - part-time: £1250 per 15 credit module

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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30 credits: Education in Action (online)

15 credits: Curriculum Development (online)/ Introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning (online)/ Current Issues/ Research (15 or 30 credits)/ Plus two modules from a negotiated choice.

You will also complete the Evidencing Practice module (0 credits) in order to evidence teaching activities for professional awards.

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

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

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.

Case study:
Ruth Aird PgCert Professional and Higher Education
It was always my ambition to be a nurse so, on leaving school, I went to nursing college. I studied various nursing specialities and on graduation I went to work in primary care as a practice nurse at a local surgery in Edinburgh.

Recently, I had worked as a visiting lecturer at QMU on the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing course and I became aware of the PgCert Professional and Higher Education. As I was now teaching QMU students and GP registrars, my colleagues at QMU thought that the course would be a real benefit to me by expanding my knowledge and make my teaching more credible. It was not something that I had ever planned to do, but as I really enjoyed my new teaching role, I decided to go for it.

I knew very little about the course in advance, since I didn’t seek it out myself, but I soon found out that by doing it I would have a postgraduate qualification after competing four modules in one year. I was able to continue in my job as a practice nurse doing 27 hours a week as I studied part-time.

I initially had no idea as to how the course would impact on my job but it allowed me to expand it into something that I could not have imagined. I developed a learning plan for teaching registrars in the practice – which the nurses are now using.

It has also allowed me to progress my career. I went on to apply for a job as general practice nurse educational advisor for Lothian, which required this qualification, and I was delighted to be offered the job. I believe that this course has greatly benefited my career. I have gained more knowledge and I have also discovered a reason and a real love of teaching.

I am very happy with my decision to do thiscourse. Not only am I proud of my achievements, but I have a real sense of satisfaction. I just had a feeling that it was the right thing to do.

The lecturers on the course were marvellous: very supportive and encouraging. Sometimes, however, I didn’t even know what help I needed - everything was all so new to me.

I would say that one huge area of support came from other students, who all in their different ways encouraged and channelled me in the right direction, while perhaps I also offered help to them over other issues.


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