Practitioner Enquiry Master of (MEd)

MEd Practitioner Enquiry: 24–36 months part time
MEd Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership): 24–36 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: part time £1,835
International: part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme aims to equip you with the skills to research your own professional practice in education.

It is a part-time Master’s course specifically for working teachers, lecturers and school leaders. The balance between taught and supported self-study elements is designed to meet the requirements of busy teaching professionals.

Through the programme you will:

• engage in a research and development process, which promotes innovative professional practice in the context of teaching as an evidence-based profession
• develop skills to make practical sense of theory, policy and research in a way that enables you to understand and develop your own professional practice
• reflect on ethical practices in researching, leading and managing educational organisations
• develop enhanced critical, reflective and analytical capacity to explore educational issues and practice and to develop effective problem solving strategies
• use enquiry to support personal and school development and improved pupil outcomes
• develop appropriate knowledge and skills to support the future professional development of colleagues. 

Studying Practitioner Enquiry at Newcastle, you will benefit from excellent facilities in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. A key feature of the programme is the flexible structure, which allows you to pursue issues arising from modules independently and specific to your context.


Essentially the programme is a research and development process that encourages you to be professionally critical and promotes innovative practice in the context of teaching as an evidence-based profession. In addition to the generic route, a leadership pathway is available through the selection of specific modules and a leadership dissertation.

All students complete taught modules, to suit their individual interests and complement their career progression. There are also specific modules designed to support early career and leadership progression. In each module, appropriate professional learning is based on exploring the links between practice, theory and research.  Assessed work requires you to use both reflective and enquiry-based techniques in your own professional context to construct a portfolio.

Modules can be taken in any combination and order, allowing you to create a tailor-made course to suit your professional needs and interests. The close relationship between the teaching and contemporary research activities based at Newcastle University has been identified as evidence of exemplary practice. The knowledge and skills you develop through taught material will be consolidated and extended through completion of a dissertation.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules for the MEd Practitioner Enquiry

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules for the MEd Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) 

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree in any subject and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or international equivalent. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with professional experience in an education-related setting.

It is essential that you are able to undertake this programme whilst working in a professional context. If you have successfully completed a Master’s level initial teacher education course you may use your credits as the basis for the MEd Practitioner Enquiry.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply.

There are two intakes for this programme each year - one in September and one in January.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Jane White
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6799

The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences are holding an online taster course for students interested in any of our Masters in Education programmes. Please see the following page for more information:

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Education.

Student profiles:

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The course has been very interesting. There is a good mixture of students from all over the world. This has enabled us to have good discussions over the course of the year, making it a truly international experience.

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