Professional Learning and Leadership

Study Professional Learning and Leadership and graduate with a university degree

Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MSc

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Professional Learning and Leadership
  • Type Part-time, Campus based
  • Start date September and January - see

Laura Adam University of Stirling
+44 (0) 1786 467603

The Master’s course is suitable for:

  • Experienced lecturers working in the FE Sector
  • Experienced educators working in the wider post 16 education and training sector

The course offers two strands – taught route and professional enquiry route. Both routes have been designed with the aim of providing a challenging but rewarding qualification that reflects the contemporary developments which are taking place in Scotland’s post-16 education sector.

Course objectives

Each module within the course has its own set of specific objectives. However, overall the course sets itself objectives which will enable participants to:

  • Reflect, analyse and evaluate policies and practices within the sector
  • Develop their own knowledge and skills for future continuous advancement

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.

At least one years teaching experience is required.

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 (minimum 6 in each skill), or  TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

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


Course start date

September and January - see semester dates

Structure and content

Length of study will normally be three years, but those who are awarded postgraduate entry credit will differ. For further information please contact the Course Director.

Delivery and assessment

The course is taught using a combination of lectures, seminars and online. Materials are made available via the internet.

The attendance requirement for most modules is two days per module, with all course materials available online in advance.

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 over two, three or four full days will tutorial support as appropriate and some self-study and online learning is involved.

Module titles

You will complete a selection of modules from the following list below:

  • Strategic Multi-Professional Learning and Working (EDUP43)
  • Managing Inclusion and Diversity (EDUP47)
  • Leading and Developing People and Organisations (EDUP48)
  • Teaching and Supporting International and ESOL Students (EDUP49)
  • Strategic Planning and Finance (EDUP50)
  • Policy, provision and change in lifelong learning (EDUP51)
  • Professional Enquiry (EDUP52)
  • Collaborative Professional Enquiry Part 1 (EDUP53)
  • Collaborative Professional Enquiry Part 2 (EDUP54)

Course Director

Grace Freel

RAE rating

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

Career opportunities

The Master’s course of study is designed to equip those engaged in education and training in the post-16 sector to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills. For those working in this sector, there is an increasing demand for expertise not only within the classroom environment but also for management roles. The achievement of a Master’s degree may be perceived as a career advantage.


2014/15Overseas£995 per module
2014/15Home/EU£840 per 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