Postgraduate Taught

MSc/ PgDip/e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education

This course is for people who teach and support learning in higher education, e.g. nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in any discipline and professional services staff.

It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (nurses and midwives) for teacher status and for Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Through it, you will become confident in facilitating and supporting the design and delivery of education and in working with technology to enhance learning.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.


Course Overview

This course dynamic, interactive and work-related. It has been designed in response to the continuing professional development needs of professionals with an educational role.

The course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (nurses and midwives) for teacher status and for Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It will 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.

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.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Learning, Teaching 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. 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 for Fellowship or Associate fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

People with limited teaching responsibility should apply as associate students to obtain Associate Fellowship of the HEA (by completing Education in Action A only). Recognition by other professional bodies may allow you to record a teaching qualification with your profession.


For the e-PgCert (online), you will complete:

  • Education in Action A (15 credits)
  • Education in Action B (15 credits)
  • Curriculum Development (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Learning with Technologies(15 credits)
  • Evidencing Professional Practice (0 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).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 17), 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.

Single Modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Kath MacDonald for more information.


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.

Quick Facts

  • Integrated and dynamic course designed to be applied to your own work context.
  • Online 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 leads to HEA Fellowship.

Entry Requirements

Normally a UK honours degree or equivalent. In addition, it is possible candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience may be considered. It is required that you have an existing teaching role in your workplace at undergraduate level or above. 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 provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Application Deadline

1 August

More Information and Contacts

Admissions, Kath MacDonald or Iddo Oberski on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

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Please Note:
The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

The e-PgCert is delivered online. Some attendance at QMU is required for the PgDip/ MSc
e-PgCert: 2-4 years part-time/ MSc 4-7 years part-time
Start Date
August 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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