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Practitioner Enquiry MEd, Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) MEd

The Practitioner Enquiry MEd is for educators who want to engage in enquiry and research.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023
  • January 2024


Practitioner enquiry works with school improvement, teachers' professional development and educational innovation.

There is a general pathway and a leadership pathway. The leadership pathway requires you to focus on modules and a dissertation.

Course participants come from across educational phases, early years to HE. They also come from educational sectors such as:

  • schools
  • museums
  • colleges
  • universities
  • educational consultancies

This diversity helps create a supportive learning environment. You'll learn from each other as well as from the course leaders.


You'll take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle. This helps you to become more reflective to develop approaches rooted in evidence.

You can take any combination of modules. This allows you to create a course to suit your professional needs and interests.

You'll create a dissertation from the skills and knowledge gained.

Course tutors are active researchers. They all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base of the challenges of education. This is both in the UK and abroad.

There is a strong relationship between teaching and contemporary research at Newcastle University.

The course draws on the expertise developed in:

Both are based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.


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What you'll learn

You'll complete taught modules that suit your interests and complement your career progression. There are also specific modules designed to support early career and leadership progression. In each module, you'll explore the links between practice, theory and research.



You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

The modules develop innovative approaches to meeting the demands of your work. Whether you're starting out in your career or taking responsibilities for educational excellence.

You'll work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll be taught in the King George VI Building. You'll have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.


You'll have access to two postgraduate research student study rooms. The largest study toom has recently been upgraded with additional workstations and soft seating area.

We have two on-site clinics:

We also have a well-equipped resource centre.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

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You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

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


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