MSc/ PgDip/e-PgCert Online

Professional and Higher Education

Queen Margaret University

12 months
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This MSc/ PgDip/e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education at the Queen Margaret University 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. 


Key facts

Delivered fully online, it allows you to fit study around your other commitments.

This MSc/ PgDip/e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education at the Queen Margaret University 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.


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).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Facilitating Learning 
  • Assessment and Feedback 
  • Designing and Evaluating Curriculum 
  • Evidencing Professional Practice 
  • Current Issues 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General 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) orabove, 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.

Tuition Fee


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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