Professional Enquiry in Education

Study Professional Enquiry in Education and graduate with a university degree

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma

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Professional Enquiry in Education
  • Type Part-time
  • Start date January and September - see

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This course enables you to contribute to the improvement of practice in your own education setting and the wider education community through engaging in professional enquiry in your own work setting. The taught and distance learning elements are intended to support the development of knowledge and skills in professional enquiry and to allow you to develop your expertise in an area of your choosing. 

Course objectives

The MSc Professional Enquiry in Education seeks to support the development of professionals by fostering the knowledge and skills that you require to improve your practice, work collaboratively with others and respond effectively to changes in your own setting.

This course will enable you to gain a sound understanding of the central themes of relevance to professionalism in the public services, especially those of long-term and contemporary significance. It will enable you to develop and broaden your own practice through analysis, reflection and debate, and become a more competent and reflective practitioner who contributes effectively to your community of practice.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Students on the course must have access to /be employed in an appropriate work environment (e.g. a school).

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your  proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

This course is offered on a part-time basis only. The period of study is normally three years for the MSc.

Course start date

January and September - see semester dates

Structure and content

Advanced Practice

This pathway offers teachers from early career onwards an opportunity to enhance their professional confidence and creativity through an exploration of their practice. It develops teachers’ abilities to ask critical questions of policy, research and practice through examining current developments in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. The two modules at the start of this pathway enable participants to work collaboratively to develop an active and enquiring approach to sustainable professional practice with a focus on impact on outcomes for children and young people. The first module provides an opportunity to explore what it means to be a professional educator in the current policy context through a critical examination of professionalism and the role of values in professional learning and practice. The second module provides an opportunity for teachers to critically examine educational ideas, for example: sustainability; emerging digital technologies; active learning; school based curriculum development and/or interdisciplinary learning.


The pathways in this course are directly informed by current research.

Delivery and assessment

Candidates for the MSc degree must complete six modules for 2014/15, however this structure will change for 2015/16.

Recommended reading

This will be provided on enrolment for the course.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

These modules are taught in cohorts with four days on-campus interspersed with the equivalent of four self-study days.

Module titles

Academic Year 2015/16

The MSc in Professional Enquiry in Education is currently in the process of being re-developed for academic year 15/16 and will be updated towards the end the summer when more detail is available. The areas/topics that will be covered within the course will be:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Developing Leadership
  • Individual Professional Enquiry
  • Collaborative Professional Enquiry
  • School-based modules
  • Online Professional Education Network

Course Director

Dr Morag Redford


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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RAE rating

The School of Education was rated number 1 in Scotland in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Career opportunities

The MSc in Professional Enquiry in Education course provides continuing professional education for professionals working in educational environments.


The MSc in Professional Enquiry in Education develops and enhances knowledge understanding and skills which support career development in Education.

Industry connections

The MSc in Professional Enquiry in Education has been designed and developed in partnership with employers across the public sector.


2015/16 Overseas £696 per 20 credit module
2015/16 Home/EU £400 per 20 credit module

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.


information on possible sources of funding