Professional Practice in Higher Education MEd


The MEd in Professional Practice in Higher Education (MEd PPHE) is a part time distance learning Masters programme. The MEd PPHE programme is aimed at teachers and lecturers in higher education and participants would be expected to complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE) as the first 60 credits of the MEd programme or University of Glasgow staff would complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) as the first 60 credits of the MEd programme. Individuals with an equivalent PG Certificate qualification from another university may be eligible to join the MEd PPHE from Course 4 onwards.

The MEd PPHE is taught part-time and mainly at a distance (apart from one week of face-to-face teaching in Glasgow at the start of the PGCTHE). The PGCTHE is completed over one year part time and to complete the rest of the MEd PPHE takes an additional two years part time study. The aims and intended learning outcomes for the MEd PPHE provide an overview of the programme.

Structure of the MEd PPHE

Year 1 (Courses 1-3 comprise the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education - PGCTHE)

Year 2 (Courses 1-6 comprise the MEd in PPHE)

Year 3 (Courses 1-7 comprise the MEd PPHE)

Entry requirements

You must be teaching in higher education during completion of the first year of the MEd programme. This is because the assessed work in the PGCTHE requires you to have your teaching observed by a peer and to evaluate your own teaching practice. As part of the application process please complete the attached personal statement which requests details of your current teaching commitments. You would normally be expected to hold an upper-second honours degree or equivalent. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum level of English language proficiency for entry into programmes.

Applications, visas and fees

Online application is the quickest and easiest way to apply. You can attach supporting documents including references, certificates, your personal statement and a transcript of your previous studies. You may save and return to your application as many times as you like before submitting it. See how to apply for a taught degree.

Please note that the fees for the programme do not include the cost of accommodation for the week in Glasgow at the start of year 1 of the PGCTHE. Details of reasonably priced accommodation are available. If you require more information about this accommodation or wish to book, please telephone 44 (0) 141 330 3123 or alternatively email

Check our information about visas, as the first week of teaching in the first year that takes place in Glasgow is a compulsory part of the programme and some students will need a visa for this visit to the UK.

UK Higher Education Academy Accreditation

Participants who successfully complete the PGCTHE or PGCAP will be eligible to become Fellows of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Additional Information

As most of this programme is taught online, you will need a good internet connection. In terms of the operating system for your computer, we recommend at least Windows 2000 or a version of Mac OSX. An up-to-date web browser such as FireFox 3 would also be important. You will also need some basic computing skills before starting the programme. As a minimum you would need experience of using the internet, sending emails and word processing. In week one of our programme we will offer training in how to use the virtual learning environment for our course (Moodle).

If you have any questions relating to the MEd in Professional Practice in Higher Education, please contact the programme co-ordinator Dr Catherine Bovill at

Please note that the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) is still the preferred PG Certificate for University of Glasgow staff. Staff who have completed the PGCAP would be welcome to join the MEd in PPHE programme from Course 4 onwards.

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