Postgraduate

Pract Enquiry MEd, Pract Enquiry (Leadership) MEd

Practitioner Enquiry MEd, Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership), Master of (MEd)

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

Profile

The Practitioner Enquiry MEd offers teachers, school leaders and other educators the means to engage in enquiry and research related to their own practices and contexts. Practitioner enquiry is associated with school improvement, teachers' professional development and educational innovation.

There is a general pathway and a leadership pathway – the latter requires you to focus on modules and a dissertation related to educational leadership and management.

Course participants come from across educational phases (early years to HE) and between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and universities, and educational consultancies).  This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders. 

The courses encourage you to take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle, and helps you to become more critically reflective to develop approaches rooted in evidence.

You will complete taught modules, to suit your interests and complement your 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. 

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 modules develop innovative approaches to meeting the demands of your work, whether just starting out in your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.

The knowledge and skills you develop through taught material will be consolidated and extended through completion of a dissertation.

 Course tutors are active researchers and all teach and supervise across a range of courses.  This provides them with a wide knowledge base and a genuine concern for the challenges of educational contexts, both in the UK and abroad. 

The close relationship between the teaching and contemporary research activities based at Newcastle University has been identified as evidence of exemplary practice.

The MEd in Practitioner Enquiry is led by Rachel Lofthouse, and the Leadership pathway by Rene Kolgbauer.

The course draws on the expertise developed in the North Leadership Centre and the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching which are based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

Delivery

Most students complete these part time courses over three years, although some enter with PGCE (or other) Masters level credits and can complete more quickly.  It is recommended that you complete 60 credits per year.

Modules are selected according to your professional development interests. They are taught in a number of ways to accommodate part-time study. For example some are taught on Saturdays, some during half-term holidays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.

Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.

Assessed work requires you to use both reflective and enquiry-based techniques in your own professional context to construct a portfolio.

The final year is the dissertation, which is supported by supervision. It provides an opportunity for you to conduct bespoke research related to your professional and academic interests. 

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

Route one
Route two

*You will take this module if you who have successfully completed the NPQH qualification, the headteacher qualification for England. You are not required to be in a headship in order to complete this module, as Post Graduate Certificate/Master programme requirements will have been met.    

Optional modules

Route one

Candidates must take at least 60 credits from:

And candidates must take 40 credits from:

Route two

Candidates must choose 40 credits from the following with at least 20 credits from leadership modules

Leadership modules

Additional optional modules

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

Med

UK

Full time: £2,400

EU

Full time: £2,400

International

Full time: £5,400

 

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in any subject and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or international equivalent.

You need to be able to undertake this course whilst working in a professional context. If you have successfully completed a masters level initial teacher education course you may use your credits as the basis for the MEd Practitioner Enquiry.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have professional experience in an education-related setting.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

There are two intakes for this course each year:

  • September
  • January

There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Rachel Lofthouse
Head of Teacher Learning and Development
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6576
Email: Rachel.Lofthouse@ncl.ac.uk

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