Postgraduate Taught

MSc/ PgDip/e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education

This course is for people who teach and support learning at higher education level (SCQF Level 7 or higher), whether within a university, college or other professional setting and will enable you to become effective in facilitating and enhancing learning experiences. Delivered fully online, it allows you to fit study around your other commitments.

This course is dynamic, interactive and work-related. It has been designed in response to the continuing professional development needs of professionals with an educational role, for example nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in any discipline and professional services staff.


Please note that for 2019 entry this course will only be available as the e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education.

Please note that this course is due for review and re-validation in May 2019 and so content may be subject to change. Please check this page for updates


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


Why QMU?

  • Unique fully online course that allows flexible study
  • Brings together professionals across a range of disciplines and cultures
  • Enhances career advancement
  • Friendly, person-centred education

Course overview

This course is dynamic, interactive and work-related. It has been designed in response to the continuing professional development needs of professionals with an educational role, for example nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in any discipline and professional services staff.

The course will develop your understanding and skills of: facilitation of learning, assessment and feedback, curriculum design and quality assurance and using technology to enhance learning. You will learn about theories of education that support learning and be able to reflect on and apply your learning to your own workplace practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to design, assess and facilitate learning in a broad range of professional contexts. Through reflection on practice you will continue to develop as an individual and a professional, in the sound knowledge that your practice is based on solid conceptual principles.


Exit awards

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


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study online for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will learn through synchronous and asynchronous online discussions, reflection on 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 within the context of a community of learners.

Assessments may include personal reflective critiques, e-portfolios, presentations, essays, curriculum documents and literature reviews.

Teaching hours and attendance

The MSc, PgDip, PgCert is a fully online part-time course, accessible from anywhere. Most people complete one module per semester. Each module carries 20 credits (equivalent to 200 hours study). This equates to about 15-20 hours of study per week per module per semester.

Class sizes

Cohort sizes vary between 20-40.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course is currently accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for teacher status (currently under review) and for Associate and Fellowship status by Advance HE (Higher Education Academy).


For the e-PgCert you will complete:

  • Facilitating Learning (20 credits)
  • Assessment and Feedback (20 credits)
  • Designing and Evaluating Curriculum (20 credits)
  • Evidencing Professional Practice (0 credits)

For the PgDip you will also complete:

  • Current Issues (20 credits)
  • Research (20 credits) and
  • a further 20 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 18), 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. Please check this site for any updates.

Single modules for CPD

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


There is no placement on this course. Students are expected to have access to opportunities for teaching in an area of practice that allows them to meet the course outcomes.


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. Some continue further studies through doctoral research (see our PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes).

Entry requirements

Normally the equivalent of a UK honours degree. Candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience may also be considered. It is currently required that you have an existing teaching role in your workplace at undergraduate level (SCQF 7) or
above, but this is subject to review. 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


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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

PgCert: 1-4 years; PgDip 2-5 years ; MSc 2.5-7 years (all part-time)
Start Date
August 2019
January 2020
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

Related Professional Bodies

Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening (20 November 2019)