Pract Enquiry MEd, Pract Enquiry (Leadership) MEd

Practitioner Enquiry MEd, Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) MEd

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


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.

2021 applications for this course are now open


About this course

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 Pam Woolner, 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.


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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  • Educational Research and Innovation PGCert

    The Educational Research and Innovation course offers teachers, school leaders and other educators ways to investigate existing research evidence. This course puts educators in the driving seat, encouraging them to their develop their own evidence-based understanding.

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Modules for 2020 entry

The following entry routes onto the Practitioner Enquiry MEd/ Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) MEd are available:

  • you enrol onto the MEd part-time for three years 
  • you complete a PGCE and then enrol onto the MEd part-time for two years (one taught year and one dissertation year) 
  • you complete a PGCE and a PGCert and then enrol onto the dissertation year 
  • you complete one PGCert and then enrol onto the MEd part-time for two years (one taught year and one dissertation year)
  • you complete two PG Certs and then enrol onto the dissertation year

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.



Full time: £2,700

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

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

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.

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English Language Requirements

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

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

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

2021 applications for this course are now open


Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

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.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, 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 with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.


Dr Pam Woolner
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5470