36 months
870 GBP/module
435 GBP/module
Tuition fee
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Further develop your professional learning and leadership practices at all levels in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment of this Professional Education and Leadership course from University of Stirling.

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This Masters in Professional Education and Leadership from University of Stirling is designed to impact directly on professional practices and pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes. The Professional Education and Leadership team in the Faculty of Social Sciences has worked in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders over a number of years to develop this highly regarded professional education course.  

This course draws upon current research to help you develop a critical, collaborative and enquiring approach to leading professional practice in the current policy context. 

The benefits of this course do not just extend to participants but also to colleagues and the wider school community and will lead to the development of strong professional networks both within and beyond the course.

Individual routes

The following optional routes have been developed to meet your own professional learning interests and career aspirations.

  • Advanced professional practice – aims to support your leadership development through critical engagement with research, policy and practice
  • Middle leadership – aims to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership through critical engagement with research, policy and practice.
  • Curriculum – aims to support practitioners’ leadership development through critical engagement with curriculum theories and principles leading to changing practices and improvement in outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community
  • Digital leadership – aims to help practitioners develop a critical overview of theories, principles and concepts of digital technologies in professional practices. This module is designed for students interested in how digital technologies and data are challenging and transforming professional and pedagogic practices and decision-making
  • Coaching and mentoring – aims to support the leadership development of practitioners through using coaching and/or mentoring to support the professional growth of others in their setting and/or wider education community through critical engagement with research, policy and practice.
  • Promoting equity - aims to help practitioners develop a critical understanding of the theories and principles  of equity with regard to improvement in attainment, closing the attainment gap, health and wellbeing and employability through critical engagement with research, policy and practice.


This Masters provides high-quality, careerlong professional learning for those working in the education sector. It will develop and enhance knowledge, understanding and skills which support professional development.

The course is designed in partnership with local authorities to make sure it is up to date and relevant for furthering your career and improving your prospects.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engaging Critically with Professional Practices
  • Examining Professional Practices (Work-Based Learning)
  • Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry
  • Middle Leadership: Principles and Practices 
  • Curriculum Leadership: principles & practices
  • Digital Leadership and Professional Practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. 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, or be employed in an appropriate work environment, e.g. a school.
  • Please note, if you’re a student from overseas and applying with a Student visa, we unfortunately cannot accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    870 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 GBP per module during 36 months.
  • National

    435 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 435 GBP per module during 36 months.

20-credit module fee:

  • UK and Republic of Ireland - £435
  • Overseas - £870

40-credit module fee:

  • UK and Republic of Ireland - £870
  • Overseas - £1,740

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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